Power Banding 101: Where to Wear Your Crystal Bracelets
Not that you need another reason to deck yourself out in crystal jewelry, but in case you were wondering, there is an intention behind why we suggest wearing crystal bracelets on both arms—or, as we call it, power banding! If you look at the imagery of influential women as depicted by ancient civilizations, you’ll notice a trend: many of them are adorned with bracelets on both wrists. Whether you’re looking at art conveying Greek goddesses like Athena, Hindu goddesses like Saraswati, Egyptian goddesses like Isis, or Buddhist goddesses like Quan Yin, the common trait among them all are matching cuffs on both arms. This makes sense to us, as energy workers.
Since positive energy is all about creating and sustaining balance, the symmetry of bands on each side of the body signifies the harmony held within these powerful women. Just as the right and left sides of the brain serve different functions, the right and left sides of the body serve different energy functions. That’s why wearing crystals in the form of bracelets on both your left and right side is the most effective and powerful way to maximize the energetic benefits of your bracelets.
Wearing two or more bracelets not only doubles the energy, but actually takes the energy of each bracelet to a whole new level.
Left vs. Right: How + Why You Should Be Wearing Your Bracelets On Specific Sides
To get the most out of your energy power banding and your bracelets, it is important to first understand what each side of the body does. That way, you can cater your bracelet, crystals, and intentions to the appropriate side of the body and get the most out of your jewelry.
While the left side is your sensitive, responsible for dealing with your internal self, your right side is more about how you take action in the world outside. You receive energy through your left side, and it is on this side that you make positive “shifts” that best benefit you emotionally. When you wear certain healing bracelets on your left wrist you can consciously control and modify stresses from your outside environment. In contrast, your right side is your “doer” or “action” side. When you wear crystals on your right wrist, the gemstones aid in your productivity and control the energy you put into your outside environment.
To get the best energetic benefit from your crystal bracelets you simply need to find the correct balance between your left and right sides (similar to the ancient Chinese concept of yin and yang energy – light vs. dark, slow vs. fast, soft vs. hard, internal vs. external). You can do this by wearing crystal bracelets on your left and right wrists in specific combinations to help you better achieve what you desire. We recommend that you wear a combination of at least 2 bracelets on each wrist when working with this “energy power banding” concept.
How to Create Your Own Power Banding Formula with Crystal Bracelets
Our founder + resident crystal expert, Heather Askinosie, is constantly experimenting with the newest crystal energy hacks. We wanted you to be the first to try her new formula for power-banding your bracelets to take your wearable energy to the next level:
- On your right wrist: Choose 1 bracelet to represent your core intention or goal. What’s the one intention you want to manifest right now?
- On your left wrist: Choose 2-3 bracelets to act as your “team of support stones.” What energies do you need to support you while you work towards your one goal?
Finding Your Own Personal Energetic Formula
Often out of habit we tend to wear the same stones or bracelets on the same wrist. But over time, you may find that you are no longer receiving the same results or energetic impact that you once did. That’s totally normal – as we change, our crystal bracelets need to change, too! In that case, it may be time to check in with your personal energetic formula for your wearable crystal jewelry. There are a few ways to change things up to reset and refresh your wearable crystal routine.
- Change Wrists: If you have been wearing your bracelet on the left side only, try switching it to the right side for 21-40 days or visa versa. Giving the stones a new point of access to your energy and a new way to connect with the crystals can make a big difference in how you interact with your wearable crystals.
- Add or Subtract: If you have been wearing just the one bracelet, try adding another bracelet to complement your wearable crystals. On the other hand, if you have been wearing two or more bracelets, try removing one to see if isolating the stones can shift your energy. Incorporate the power banding combinations below and try a new formula.
- Evaluate your Energy: Sometimes changing the wrist on which you wear your crystals or changing up which crystals you are wearing can help, but other times you have to look a little deeper. This could be a sign to evaluate your own personal energy and what is going on in your life. Are there areas of your life that you need to pay more attention to or focus on more? Are there behaviors or habits that you need to shift? Are you holding yourself back? Take a look at your internal environment to make any necessary changes to support your highest good.
The Top Intentions + Which Side To Wear Them
Wealth + Success
Wear the Money Magnet bracelets on your left wrist to call in the energy of wealth, success, abundance and prosperity. Wear the Remover of Obstacles bracelet on your right wrist to clear the way for action so you can achieve your financial goals.
Protection + Clearing
Wearing a Black Tourmaline bracelet or Shungite bracelet is a powerful way to protect your energy. Wear these stones on your left side to receive protective energy and build an energetic shield around you. Pair these dark, protective stones with a Pyrite bracelet on your right side. As a reflective stone, Pyrite sends any negative energy back to the sender.
Peace + Relaxation
Wear a calming stone like an Amethyst bracelet or Blue Lace Agate bracelet on your left wrist to find inner peace and relaxation, and wear a Clear Quartz bracelet on your right wrist to release any clutter or chaotic energy from your energy field.
Happiness + Joy
To find happiness and joy in your life, it is important to both shift your internal and external energies. Wear a Shifting Negativity bracelet on your left wrist to address your inner environment, and wear a Happiness bracelet on your right wrist to exude positive energy.
Love + Connection
The combination of Malachite bracelet on your left wrist and Rose Quartz bracelet on your right wrist is one of the most powerful for intentions related to love – whether you are manifesting self-love, a new romantic relationship, or deeper relationships with the people around you.
Health + Wellness
Bring in the energy of health by wearing a Health Bracelet on your left side, and complement that energy by wearing an Energy Bracelet on the right side to inspire you to take action and stay motivated.
Play around until you find the right energy combination for you, but remember to keep in mind how the energies will react to one another. The best combinations of crystal bracelets will be unique to each individual, so just because something works best for us doesn’t mean it feels the best for you! Trust yourself. And most importantly, have fun with it!
Heather Askinosie is a crystal expert and leading influencer on the power of crystals, Feng Shui and holistic healing. For nearly 30 years, she has been researching the scientific and spiritual aspects of energy. After studying with the best healers from all over the world, she has used the past three decades of her career to translate ancient wisdom into simple tools that anyone can use to transform their life. In 2000, she co-founded Energy Muse with business partner, Timmi Jandro. Energy Muse provides tools of empowerment and inspiration in the tangible form of jewelry and crystals. Her crystal teachings can be found in her book Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune into the Real You as well as mindbodygreen, Well+Good, The Chalkboard Mag, and more. Learn more about Heather at energymuse.com.