It's a clear and sunny December day in Hong Kong, and I am knocking on a heavy wooden door that belongs to Vanessa Hui. A thick stream of sweet-smelling smoke takes me back as I enter a room teeming with amethyst and clusters of clear quartz. Chunks of moss-green malachite and burnt-orange jasper sit on fitted shelves and a ginger tabby cat scurries across the floor with a jingle of its collar.
Hui is the founder of The Crystal Van, Hong Kong’s newest wellness and spiritual space that sells responsibly sourced healing gemstones and crystal jewellery. She talks me through five must-have crystals, which she says will help us start the new year right.
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1/ Blue Apatite: For encouraging healthy habits
"A stone of willpower, discipline and healthy choices, blue apatite is the stone to reach for when you need with anything willpower related; New Year's resolutions, healthy eating, fitness routines, avoiding overindulgence, and so on. It has detoxing properties that inspire you to release bad habits and motivate you to make healthier choices. This teal-like stone resonates with the throat and third eye chakra to clear confusion, support confident expression and encourage personal growth. Keep one in your kitchen to remind you of your health goals and encourage healthier eating."