Being new to anything can be lots of fun for sure! And I am sure all of your friends have advice to give because they are excited for you too :) Just take it at your own pace. Don't try to learn everything in one day and have fun with it!
When I first began working with crystals over a decade ago, I did what pretty much everyone does. I purchased the most highly recommended books, read each entry and wrote down all of the stones I thought would benefit me. The list was, of course, HUGE. Once I was able to understand my energy vibration and listen to my intuition, that is no longer necessary.
Each person resonates at their own unique energy frequency and are naturally drawn to certain stones based on where they are at that particular moment in time. For instance, while one may be strongly drawn to Kyanite, another may feel nothing. While both may want to use Kyanite to assist in meditation, reaching their highest guides, working on throat chakra issues, etc., it may not resonate for both. I truly believe that tuning in and really listening to ones intuition assists that person in making the absolute correct choice for him or herself at that time.
So what is tuning into your intuition? My suggestion would be to walk around your favorite crystal shop simply browsing, seeing what catches your eye. When you see a piece that you are drawn to or pulled towards, pick it up and hold it for a bit. Tune in to what you feel. THEN, if you need the validation, go to a book and check out the metaphysical properties. Chances are it will be exactly what you were looking for.
with love and crystal blessings,
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