Crystals and Water: Which Crystals Require Extra Care in Water

Crystals and Water: Which Crystals Require Extra Care in Water

Using crystals in water, whether for cleansing purposes or to create crystalline water (also known as gem water or elixirs), is a common practice among crystal enthusiasts. However, not all crystals are safe to submerge in water. Some can dissolve, release toxic substances, or become damaged. Here’s a guide to understanding which crystals should be kept out of water and why.

Crystals That Should Avoid Water

  1. Selenite
    • Why: Selenite is a soft crystal with a Mohs hardness of only 2, which makes it highly water-soluble. Prolonged exposure to water can cause it to dissolve and lose its structure.
    • Alternative Cleansing: Smudging with sage, using sound vibrations, or placing under moonlight.
  2. Malachite
    • Why: Malachite contains copper, which can leach into water and become toxic if ingested. It can also tarnish and lose its vibrant green color when exposed to moisture.
    • Alternative Cleansing: Dry salt bed, rice, or sunlight (brief exposure).
  3. Hematite
    • Why: Hematite has a high iron content, making it prone to rusting when it comes into contact with water. Rust can damage the crystal and make it unsafe to handle.
    • Alternative Cleansing: Smudging, sound vibrations, or placing on a quartz cluster.
  4. Lepidolite
    • Why: Lepidolite contains lithium, which can be harmful if leached into water and ingested. Additionally, it is a relatively soft mineral and can flake apart.
    • Alternative Cleansing: Moonlight, sunlight, or using a crystal singing bowl.
  5. Azurite
    • Why: Like malachite, azurite contains copper and can release harmful substances into water. It is also delicate and can be easily damaged by moisture.
    • Alternative Cleansing: Smudging, placing on a bed of dry rice, or using other crystals like clear quartz or amethyst.
  6. Calcite
    • Why: Calcite has a low hardness and can dissolve in water over time. This can cause the crystal to lose its shape and become brittle.
    • Alternative Cleansing: Using sound, smudging, or placing in indirect sunlight.
  7. Fluorite
    • Why: Fluorite can be slightly soluble in water, especially if it contains impurities. Prolonged exposure to water can cause it to fade or become damaged.
    • Alternative Cleansing: Moonlight, sunlight, or placing on a selenite plate.
  8. Pyrite
    • Why: Pyrite, also known as fool’s gold, can oxidize and form sulfuric acid when exposed to water. This can make it hazardous to handle and degrade the crystal.
    • Alternative Cleansing: Smudging, sound, or placing on a crystal cluster.

Creating Crystal Elixirs Safely

If you want to create crystal elixirs, it's essential to use crystals that are safe to place in water. These include quartz varieties like clear quartz, rose quartz, and amethyst, which do not dissolve or release harmful substances.

Indirect Method: For crystals that should not be submerged, you can still make elixirs using the indirect method. Place the crystal in a smaller glass container and then place this container inside a larger water-filled vessel. This way, the energy of the crystal can infuse the water without direct contact.


While many crystals can be safely submerged in water, others should be kept dry to prevent dissolution, toxicity, or damage. By being aware of these risks and choosing appropriate cleansing methods, you can safely enjoy the benefits of your crystals. Always research each crystal’s properties and safety guidelines to ensure you are using them correctly.

For more detailed information on safe crystal practices, visit our website. Stay informed and enjoy your crystal journey responsibly!

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