Now you have a few (or a lot if you’ve been busy) crystals, it’s really good to know how to look after them. Crystals may be hella old, but we still like treating them like babies and make sure that they have the correct conditions, they stay clean and we keep them safe! Here are some of the main topics we’re going to look at today for caring for crystals:
- How to store your crystals
- Ways to cleanse your crystals
- What to do with broken crystals
So let’s get into this!
Storing your crystals
Of course, crystal beauties make perfect home decor pieces, so we definitely advocate having them on show in your home. BUT, you need to be careful about which crystals you’re dealing with.
Crystals and direct sunlight
Some crystals should not be kept in direct sunlight (to be honest, most crystals are better kept out of direct, direct sun) as they can lose their color and some even start to crack or dissolve slightly. Head on down to the crystal cleansing section to read more about which crystals really shouldn’t be kept in sunlight. Some people have even reported a quartz crystal causing burns - think back to when you tried to burn leaves with a magnifying glass as a kid. While I don't know if it is true, it's definitely not something I want to risk haha.
Crystals and water/damp areas
Some crystals are totally fine in water - you may have seen crystal water bottles for creating crystal elixirs (although we sell the kind that DON'T touch the water directly because it's not safe to drink many crystal infused waters), but others do not fare so well. Take a look at the cleansing section to find out more about which crystals should not be exposed to damp conditions.
Crystals and extreme temperatures
Keeping a crystal on a window sill might sound like a nice idea, but certain crystals might not like it so much. In a window, you get all of the heat when the sun shines, but as soon as the sun goes down, it can get really cold! This can cause some crystals to crack, either internally or actually just plain crack into pieces. There aren’t many crystals that would do THAT though.
While we are talking crystals and heat, please DO NOT try lighting your crystals on fire to see if they are real... this is the worst crystal TikTok trend ever.
How to cleanse crystals
Before you start running a bubble bath for your crystals (we know you wouldn’t, but thought that was quite a funny mental image), take a look at our list of popular ways to cleanse them. As we mentioned above, certain conditions aren’t suited to specific crystals, so make sure you tailor your crystal cleansing to the pieces you have.
Selenite is one of the few crystals that never needs to be charged or cleansed itself. It is also said that placing other crystals on a selenite platform or in a selenite bowl for just 10 minutes is equivalent to placing your crystals under the moon for an entire night. Bonus, you don't have to move your entire crystal collection outside haha.
The moon is probably the best way to cleanse all of your crystals, no matter which ones you have. The moon does not pose any harm in terms of heat, light or moisture, so a moon bath is many people’s preferred option. If you have soft crystals or live in a humid or wet location, you can still accomplish this by placing your crystals in a window that will have moonlight shine through. Honestly, probably easier than putting outside!
The sun has amazing cleansing and healing energies - we’ve all enjoyed closing our eyes and letting the sun warm our faces as we stop to enjoy this celestial body. Of course this doesn't mean leave them out in the sun all day every day. You just want to do this when they need some cleansing action. However as lovely as this warm and light is for many of us humans, some crystals just can’t hack the heat or direct light. Here are some of the beauts that don’t like to sun:
- Smoky Quartz
- Rose Quartz
When you think of cleansing, water is the first thing that pops into your mind and yes, the cleansing abilities of water can be great for SOME crystals. Placing crystals into a bowl of water or holding them under running water (many people opt for fresh springs or streams, but you can use a faucet) are both ways in which you can get your crystal ready to work with, but which ones are not safe to use this method for?
- Halite (salt)
- Unpolished Turquoise
- Himalayan Salt Crystals
Some of the harder ones are ok if you are only quickly running water over them, but never soak. For example, lepidolite is not going to just magically dissolve if you rinse it off, but given a long soak it might flake apart.
The energy of the earth from which the crystals originally came is obviously a great idea for cleansing, but because of the moisture in soil, it may not be the best choice for some of the crystals that don’t like water all that much (see above).
If you want to use the cleansing energies of the earth, then you will need to have an area in which you can dig up slightly to bury your crystals. Once buried, the crystals are left overnight, often on the night of a full moon for extra cleansing powers. Just make sure to put a marker in the ground so you can go back and find them the next day!
Using smoke to cleanse your crystals is another fab way to prepare them for programming with your own intentions. Incense is one of the ways in which you can utilise this and all you have to do is pass each crystal through the smoke created when your incense is burning. You can also use a bundle of sage to do this same technique. Please keep in mind that White Sage is a sacred herb and also considered endangered, so if you are going to use this, please make sure it is ethically and sustainably sourced and you understand the history behind it.
Some great options of incense or herbal bundle scents for cleansing are:
- White Sage
I actually have quite a few of these options and more in the crystal cleansing section of this website.
Palo Santo is wood from a mystical tree which grows in South American areas and it is actually related to frankincense and myrrh. The name Palo Santo literally means “holy wood” so it’s no wonder that it is used in rituals and ceremonies AND to cleanse crystals. Now, there IS a 'Palo Santo' on the endangered species list, but this is not it, despite what people keep trying to say. There are two species of Palo, we source both ethically and sustainable Palo Santo Bursera graveolens species which is NOT endangered.
Literal Crystal Cleaning
Now that we have covered the metaphysical cleansing of crystals, you might be wondering how to quite literally clean crystals. Many of the harder stones like quartz and amethyst can be cleaned using running water and a tiny bit of natural soap if its really dirty. Just make sure to cleanse it throughout. Some of the softer crystals you can still rinse off quickly, just don't use soap or any scrubbing. And make sure they can dry out.
In general, I don't clean my crystals much once I do the first cleaning. My favorite tool is a little USB compressed air blower that I can use to dust off my pieces. It's quite handy around the house too! While it is not the cheapest in the world, think of how many cans of air you could go through if you were constantly blowing off your entire collection (or all the surfaces and corners in your house). It even has a throttle for how much it blows!
What if your crystal breaks?
It can be so sad when a crystal breaks, whether it was an accident or if it just happens, but what does it mean? Well, put simply, it means you now have multiple pieces of your crystal… which can be a little bit cool…
There are a few reasons why a crystal may break, some relating to crystal energy and others related to how you look after them. Hopefully, now you’ve read this post, you’ll be looking after all your crystal babies with the utmost care and if a crystal breaks, it could be a sign of something else:
Energy & Frequencies
As you will have probably heard, crystals vibrate at different energies and are sensitive to certain frequencies. It is possible that a frequency could disturb the natural structure of your gemstone and cause it to break. If your crystal is quartz, then this frequency must have been a pretty strong one. The energy that broke your crystal could have come from an external source, it does not have to have been your own energy, so get those broken pieces cleansed using one of the methods above and leave them to the side for a few weeks before you start using them again.
I've actually seen many people have protective rings (like hematite rings) break when they were in a crowded events, as it is said these types of crystal rings will do this once they have absorbed all of the negative energy they can.
Time To Move On?
Sometimes a crystal can break as a sign that your time together is over. This means that you don’t necessarily need the energy of that crystal anymore and you no longer need to work with it. Some people choose to keep the crystal anyway or some pass part of it on to someone else (after cleansing it) who may need that energy. Another option would be to bury the crystal in the ground and give its energy back to the earth from which it came. Some people will even put them back together. In some cultures, they will actually put items back together using gold as a sign of strength and healing.
A crystal does not ever “die” as such, so you can continue to work with the crystal after it breaks if you prefer to do so. Like we said earlier, now you have multiple pieces of your crystal which could be used separately and programmed individually.
Now you know a bit more about caring for your crystals and the more care you take with them, the more healing energy you will be able to use to your advantage. Keep them cleansed, keep them in the right conditions and don’t worry if one breaks!