Crystal Nails: A Manicure Inspired By My Favorite Gemstones And Minerals

When it comes to nail polish inspiration, I tend to look to the earth’s magical glittery offerings.
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When it comes to nail polish inspiration, I tend to look to the earth’s magical glittery offerings.

I’ve had a fascination with gems and crystals for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, my rock collection was of extreme importance, and the very best days were those days when my mom took my to The Crystal Ark, a tiny shop on Granville Island in Vancouver specializing in rocks and gems.

The shop was filled with huge pieces of stone and crystal, jewelry and pink salt lamps; but the best part was the rock cave. Tucked neatly at the back of the shop, the rock cave’s floor was completely filled with polished stones and crystals, and as a kid, jumping in there in just socks and digging for the perfect rock to take home was about as much fun as I could possibly imagine.

I kept all of my findings in a small wooden box lined with velvet under my bed. Whenever I went to the beach, forest, or The Crystal Ark, I always brought home a new trophy and quickly hid it away in the box. It was my idea of a treasure chest.

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But then we moved, and then we moved again, and then I moved clear across the country, and in the end no one is really sure where the tiny chest went. I secretly hope it ended up buried somehow (Jumanji style) and some curious children find it and love it like I did. But while I wait for some random kids to come knocking on my door to tell me they found my treasure chest and they need my help because the crystals now somehow have magical powers, I shall keep occupied by painting my nails like my favourite crystals and stones.

Pyrite

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Fool’s gold is not for fools, guys! It’s so pretty, I don’t even care if it’s copying real gold. Pyrite a symbol of money and good luck, and is said to be very protective and attract good fortune.

I started with a coat of Sally Hansen colour quick pen in Gold Chrome, than added a layer of Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow, and topped it off with American Apparel Meteor Shower.

“My Pyrite inspired polishes- Sally Hansen colour quick pen in “Gold Chrome”, Deborah Lippmann’s “Boom Boom Pow”, and AA “Meteor Shower”

“My Pyrite inspired polishes- Sally Hansen colour quick pen in “Gold Chrome”, Deborah Lippmann’s “Boom Boom Pow”, and AA “Meteor Shower”

Amethyst

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Ever notice how shards of amethyst have the loveliest purple gradient? Not only is it gorgeous, it translates perfectly on nails as a multi-layered purple geode. It's apparently used in spells to magnify beauty, and it's good for stress and relaxation.

I started with a layer of OPI Berlin There Done That for a grey rock base, then added Revlon's Charming in a messy circle covering most of my nail; I then dabbed on a touch of Nicole by OPI in Bah Plumbug (dabbed to create texture), and finally a hint of Sally Hansen Diamond Jubilee in the middle for glitter reasons.

“Amethyst nails were accomplished by layering OPI “Berlin There Done That”, then Revlon “Charming”, then Nicole “Bah Plumbug” (dabbed to create texture), and finally a hint of Sally Hansen “Diamond Jubilee."

“Amethyst nails were accomplished by layering OPI “Berlin There Done That”, then Revlon “Charming”, then Nicole “Bah Plumbug” (dabbed to create texture), and finally a hint of Sally Hansen “Diamond Jubilee."

Opal

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OK, so I know Annie already did Opal nails, but opals are my absolute favourite stone and I just couldn’t leave them out. Plus, my take involves a more flaky texture and far fewer colours.

Opals are seductive stones that are believed to help magnify traits, both good and bad, and can prevent bad health when utilized properly.

Just paint on China Glaze's Rainbow first, then Holika Holika's Blue Aura, and a top it off with a double coat of China Glaze Luxe and Lush.

“Opal nails are easy! Just layer China Glaze “Rainbow” with Holika Holika “Blue Aura”, and a double coat of China Glaze “Luxe and Lush."

“Opal nails are easy! Just layer China Glaze “Rainbow” with Holika Holika “Blue Aura”, and a double coat of China Glaze “Luxe and Lush."

Rainbow Quartz

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Magical and dark, rainbow quartz has a certain dark magic appeal going on and I’m so into it. Also known as titanium aura quartz or flame quartz, the strong vibrational energy of this crystal is said to help heal the human energy field.

To get the look, paint your nail black (I used OPI Black Onyx), then top it with rainbow hologram glitters of any sort. I used Butter London’s Fairy Cake and some craft store glitter chunks.

Simply paint your nail black (I used OPI Black Onyx), then top it with rainbow glitters of any sort. I used Butter London’s “Fairy Cake” and some craft store glitter chunks.

Aquamarine

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For a long stint, I told everyone I wanted my engagement ring to be a big teardrop aquamarine someday instead of a diamond. I love the minty blue colour of this gemstone--so much, in fact, you may see it appearing somewhere else on me very soon.

Considered an all-purpose healing stone, aquamarine is particularly good for matters of the mind.

I started with a layer of Americal Apparel Office with Sally Girl's Brainy on top, and a touch of Deborah Lippmann Shake Your Money Maker in an ombre style from the cuticle up.

“To honour aquamarine I layered AA “Office” with Sally Girl “Brainy” and a touch of Deborah Lippmann “Shake Your Money Maker”

Spirit Quartz 

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I’ve just discovered this crystal, and honestly who wouldn’t love the iridescent pink/purple glimmer in combination with the nickname “Fairy Wand”? I’m sold.

It's said to provide support and comfort, and has strong healing powers that can aid both the body and the soul.

To attain that perfect pinky-purple shimmer, I started with a layer of China Glaze Rainbow, then added Butter London Fairy Lights on top, followed by a touch of Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven for that extra bit of sparkle magic.

“To attain that perfect pinky-purple shimmer, I started with a layer of China Glaze “Rainbow”, then added Butter London “Fairy Lights” and a touch of Deborah Lippmann “Stairway to Heaven”
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What’s your favourite crystal?