There isn't one right way to start a crystal collection, as with starting any collection, you will usually start with one crystal that really stands out to you and then grow it from there. If you don't already have your first crystal, that should be your first step. There are many crystals to choose from but try and select one that speaks to you the most. You can do this by listening to your intuition and allowing it to guide you to one that you feel most connected to. You may have a vision of the crystal you need, or you may hear the name in your mind or are drawn to one particular crystal over the rest.
You can look online to figure out which one you are most drawn to. You can look at the crystal meanings and properties as a reference point, that way you can learn more about the energy of each crystal and also see photos of them. Then, you can either visit a store or look online to buy the crystal. You can also go into a crystal shop and hold different crystals to feel if their energy resonates with you. Once you've found a crystal cleanse and clear it, and then you have officially started your crystal collection.
You can buy more than one crystal at a time. You'll sense which crystals you are being pulled to one at a time, and go from there. There are also crystal sets that come with various crystals that will help you jumpstart your collection. A good place to start is with the most popular and well-known crystals to include the following.
Clear Quartz. Known as Master Crystal for its ability to amplify the energy in a space and to bring in positivity.
Rose Quartz. An emotionally soothing and wonderful crystal for romantic love, friendship, and self-love.
Amethyst. This crystal holds very relaxing energy. It's great for dreaming and sleeping well throughout the night.
Citrine. The crystal of joy and positivity.
Other starter crystals include Aventurine, Black Tourmaline, and Labradorite. Soon, you'll be collecting them all, even some of the rarest crystals. Before you know it, your collection will be larger than you ever dreamed. Have fun and happy collecting.