Which stones should not be put in water?

Celestite is a stone that can not be put in water
Celestite is one stone that should not be put in water.

Many books and websites say you can put your crystals in water for cleaning or to make gem elixirs. Not so! There are many stones that do not do well with water. Some lose their finish. Others leach toxic substances into the water. Others may crack apart as they dry. And still others will simply dissolve in the water. Also, the amount of time you can put stones in water varies.

How do you know, then, if it’s safe to put your crystals in water? If you want to be safe, don’t do it. That’s the bottom line, especially for safe gem elixirs. There are other methods that don’t require water. That’s what I do.

If you feel you must put your stones in water, then do research yourself about how your particular crystal does in water. Especially if the crystal is special in any way–even if that means it’s the only one of that type you have–research it thoroughly. If even one credible source says it won’t do well in water, be forewarned that your stone should not be put in water.

Here’s a starting point on research for you here, of stones that do not do well in water. Others can be found via your favorite search engine.

Selenite will melt if put in water.
Selenite dissolves in water.

A starting list of which stones should not be put in water:

  • Ammolite (flakes)
  • Angelite (surface loses polish, can pits)
  • Apatite
  • Apophyllite
  • Azurite
  • Black Tourmaline (Schorl) (can break)
  • Calcite (surface loses polish)
  • Celestite
  • Cerussite
  • Chalcopyrite
  • Charoite
  • Chrysocolla (can make the water toxic)
  • Coral
  • Fluorite
  • Galena (rusts)
  • Gypsum (dissolves)
  • Halite (Salt) (dissolves)
  • Hematite (rusts)
Hematite rusts if you put it in water.
Hematite will rust if put in water.
  • Howlite
  • Kunzite
  • Labradorite (dissolves)
  • Lapis Lazuli (contains pyrite which can produce sulfuric acid when added to water)
  • Larimar
  • Lepidolite (flakes)
  • Lodestone (rusts)
  • Malachite (can break in hot water, toxic)
  • Mica (flakes)
  • Moldavite (can break in hot water)
  • Muscovite (flakes)
  • Obsidian (can break in hot water, all types)
  • Opal (can break or crack, esp. when it is drying, doublets and triplets especially have this problem, solid opal has much less chance of cracking)
  • Pearl (can break, loses luster)
  • Pyrite (can produce sulfuric acid when added to water)
  • Rhodocrosite
  • Rhodonite
  • Selenite (dissolves)
  • Talc (dissolves)
  • Turquoise (can fade)
  • Ulexite (dissolves)

If you have any of these, or others that should not be put in water, other methods of clearing the energy of your crystals can be used. Smudging, energy work, sound, and more are good options that don’t require the use of water to clear the energy of the stones.

Ethan Lazzerini has a good article on this Why I NEVER Cleanse Crystals in Water that’s worth a read.” I agree with him. There are too many safe ways to cleanse/clear crystals that don’t require water to risk it.

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