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Cleansing your gemstones and crystals

Stones of all kinds are living beings. They have vibrations and can be influenced by other vibrations or thoughts. Most stones can be cleaned of influences that have touched them before they came into your hands. When the stones are cleaned they have only their own energy until they are used in a ritual. It is best to clean stones after using them in any ritual. It is important to clean, wash and purify your gemstones and crystals before using them. Stones and crystals carry the vibrations of those people who have handled the stone before it came into your possession.

There are several methods of cleaning gemstones. They are all good. Clean your gemstones by the method that you feel most comfortable with.

Running Water Method

Stones can be held in running water. (I don't like using tap water because most cities have many chemicals in the water). The stones can be left in the rain or held in a creek or water can be poured over them. Use only bottled spring water, rain water or boiled water unless it is a natural spring, creek or river.


Smoke Method

Stones can be passed in the smoke of sandalwood incense or the smoke of a sage smudge stick.


Fire Method

Stones can be passed over the flame of a white candle.


Burying Method

Stones can be buried in sea salt or in the earth overnight.


Moon Method

Stones can be placed on sea salt and put where the moonlight of the full moon will fall on them. This is especially good for moon based rituals. It is best for the stones to be outside, as glass will deflect some light, but the stones may be placed in a window.


Sun Method

For sun based rituals place the stone on sea salt and put it where the sunlight will fall on it for a day. It is best for the stones to be outside, as glass will deflect some light, but the stones may be placed in a window.



Crystal Method

Stones can be place on a crystal cluster and put in the sunlight. This must be done outside. This is a safe way for most stones.


Purifying with sea salt water

The list of stones that should not be cleaned in the salt and water method are listed below. Please read carefully.

Amber, Turquoise, Imperial Topaz, Red Coral, Fire Opal, Moonstone, Opal, all Calcites including Blue Calcite, Green Calcite, Orange Calcite, Angelite, Azurite, Kyanite and Kunzite or any raw or rough stone should not be cleaned with the salt and water soaking method. Any stone with a hardness under 7 should not be cleaned in salt water. If you are not sure of the hardness of the stone use another method of cleaning

Malachite should be cleaned by putting it in running water (do not use salt) and dried in the sun. Never have salt close to Malachite.

For each stone use one (1) cup of boiled water, add one (1) teaspoon of salt (Kosher or sea salt is best) for each cup to the hot water. Let the water cool so that you can put your hand in it. Pour the water into a glass bowl. Place all the stones in the salt water for at least 3 hours. You may leave them in the salt water longer, but not less than 3 hours.

Place the bowl of gemstones where it will be in the sun for part of the day. The sun is a great source of energy and purification. After 3 hours take them out of the salt water and let them air-dry.

If you live in a house, pour the salt water in front of your main door. If you live in an apartment, use the salt water to wipe down the door frame. This will help protect your home.

After the stones are cleansed and dry, they are ready for use. If the stones are for ritual use, wrap them in a clean cloth of natural material, such as cotton, silk or wool. Keep them in a safe place where they will not be handled or touched by other people.

If you don't need the stones for ritual use, keep them in a glass or china bowl, where other people can touch and hold the stones and enjoy them.

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