Walk into any new age or crystal shop, and you’re likely to see tall crystal generators or towers. They’re generally larger than regular points, often polished, and can carry pretty steep price tags. What are they, and what can they do?
Crystal Generators vs. Towers
Crystal generators are tall crystals with flat bottoms and six facets terminating at a point. They can be virtually any size, though most people simply refer to generators under 2-3″ tall as points. Any crystal capable of being cut and polished can be made into a generator, including popular items like clear quartz, citrine, fluorite, aventurine, rose quartz, lapis lazuli, or labradorite.
Crystal towers are stones that are taller than they are wide. If they are polished and faceted, they usually have fewer than six facets. Selenite is a popular stone for towers, as the stone’s structure precludes it from faceting.
Both towers and generators can be used for the same purposes, though some people attach added significance to the number of facets a given stone has.
How to Use Generators or Towers
Some practitioners of energy work use them as conduits for directing energy, or batteries for storing it. Other people use them to charge smaller crystals. Those who believe that a specific crystal (for example, selenite) has a continuous impact on its surrounding areas may choose to decorate their homes with generators or towers instead of tumbled stones or points, following the idea that a larger crystal is more powerful than a smaller one.
One common use is to place them on altars or other working spaces. Some practitioners also like to place generators on top of a piece of paper, parchment, or bay leaf with a wish written on it, ring it in herbs and smaller stones, and meditate on manifesting their desires. As with most other things crystal-related, the shape of the stone matters less than the individual technique and practices of the person using it. I have a couple that were given to me as gifts; I keep them near my working space.
Is Bigger Really Better?
While generators and towers have earned their places in the collections of practitioners who use them, I wouldn’t say that they’re a mainstay for the average person. For one, they can be expensive (especially if they’re ethically sourced). Crystal generators and towers also still require regular charging and cleansing– even if large crystals may make for a better battery than smaller ones, sunlight’s free. Some minerals (apophyllite in particular) aren’t generally found in sizes large enough to form a generator, but this doesn’t seem to impact how they work.
Long story short, unless you have a large room or sizable crystal collection that they’re working with, you probably don’t really need a generator. If you are attempting to influence the energy of your home, meditation space, or office, then you may want to invest in one.
Buying Crystal Towers and Generators
As with anything else crystal-related, beware of fakes. Purchase directly from the mines themselves if you’re able to. Not many people are, so finding a reputable source is the next best thing. Most fakes have a couple telltale signs that differentiate them from genuine stones, but these vary from mineral to mineral. As a rule, look out for:
- Bubbles, seams, and other signs that the crystal may have been formed using a mold.
- Crystals that are unusually lightweight.
- Crystals that aren’t cold to the touch.
- Inexpensive sodalite passed off as expensive lapis lazuli. Sodalite is usually lighter in color, has veins of white calcite in it, and produces a white streak in a streak test. Lapis is usually darker in color, contains flecks of pyrite (though these may not always be visible), and produces a blue streak.
- “Fruity” quartz. Strawberry, lime, and other colors are produced by dyeing quartz crystals. These colors do not naturally occur.
- Very dark, uniformly colored smoky quartz. When these stones occur naturally, they’re generally pretty expensive. If a smoky quartz specimen is cheap, dark, and uniform, it was probably artificially irradiated to enhance its color.
Other than that, let your intuition guide you. Don’t be fooled into thinking a more expensive specimen equates to a better one– pick the stones up, see how they feel to you, and go from there.
Do you own any crystal generators? How do they fit into your practice?