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Caring For & Storing Crystals | Crystals for Beginners Part 3

Caring For Storing Crystals in Your Home

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 crystal care:

    • 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, these 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.

    Crystals and water/damp

    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), 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.


    How to cleanse your 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.

    Simple Satin Spar Selenite Crystal Bowls from Contempo Crystals Shop


    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 crystal bowl for just 10 minutes is equivalent to placing your crystals under the moon for an entire night.


    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.



    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. 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:

    • Fluorite
    • Aquamarine
    • Opal
    • Turquoise
    • Amethyst
    • Citrine
    • Quartz
    • Smoky Quartz
    • Rose Quartz
    • Sapphire
    • Celestite
    • Kunsite
    • Topaz



    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 tap) 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?

    Softer Crystals:

    • Angelite
    • Celestite
    • Calcite
    • Selenite
    • Halite (salt)
    • Mica
    • Opal
    • Pearls
    • Lepidolite
    • Muscovite
    • Unpolished Tiger Eye
    • Unpolished Malachite
    • Unpolished Turquoise
    • Himalayan Salt Crystals


    Metal/Ore Crystals:

    • Hematite
    • Lodestone
    • Pyrite

    Some of the harder ones are ok if you are only quickly running water over them, but never soak.


    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.

    Some great options of incense or herbal bundle scents for cleansing are:

    • White Sage
    • Frankincense
    • Cedar
    • Lavender


    Palo Santo

    Palo Santo Wood Sticks for Cleansing Crystals With Smoke

    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.


    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!


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