Your Crystals and Water

When it comes to your crystals and water, there are a few things to know. It’s important to keep in mind, that only some crystals can safely be placed in water for cleansing and some cannot. There are minerals that can be completely destroyed when submerged in water, and others can soak for days and come out looking like new.

As a general rule of thumb, you should only water cleanse minerals that are at 6, or above, on the Moh’s Hardness Scale. However, there are some exceptions. It is also important to pay attention to other factors, such as Iron content and porousness (ability to absorb water).

Crystals That are Water-safe For Cleansing

Rose Quartz

Cleansing your crystals is essential. You want to keep them free from the build-up of negative energy. There are many ways to cleanse your crystals. One popular method involves using water.

Some people choose rivers, oceans, or lakes. Others may even prefer a soak in moon water. Any method is fine really, as long as you make sure the gems are water-safe.

Here are some gems that are safe to put in water:

These gems will be safe for a quick rinse or even a deep soak. As a rule of thumb, it’s always a good idea to remove your crystal jewelry before swimming, bathing, or showering.

Crystals That Shouldn’t Go In Water

Many of the crystals on this list may lose their shine or dissolve when placed in water. Some can even be toxic when exposed to the element. In order to play it safe when it comes to your crystals, always do your own research!


Here are some gems that shouldn’t go in water:

  • Fluorite (Especially saltwater)
  • Selenite
  • Apophyllite
  • Tangerine Quartz
  • Gypsum
  • Lepidolite
  • Opal
  • Azurite
  • Apatite
  • Halite
  • Malachite
  • Turquoise
  • Ulexite
  • Labradorite
  • Celestite
  • Pyrite
  • Kyanite
  • Hematite
  • Magnetite
  • Jade (A little water is okay)
  • Lapis (A little water is okay)
  • Sodalite
  • Amazonite
  • Fuchsite 

You can find more info on gemstone toxicity here.

Whether you love your minerals because they are simply gorgeous, or you use them as tools in your spiritual practices, knowing what they are made of and how they interact with earth’s other natural elements will enrich your experience and deepen your understanding of their healing properties.



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