Letting crystals into your life is a wonderful adventure. They can assist you in so many ways. To use their full potential, you need to make sure you take a good (and loving!) care of them.

And one of the things you would like to do is to cleanse them regularly.

Cleansing your crystals with water is one of the popular methods.

Cleansing crystals this way seems easy, however you need to be aware that there are many crystals that can get damaged by water.


What Crystals Cannot Be Cleansed With Water ?

There are several types of crystals that cannot be cleansed with water as they might dissolve, crack, or lose their color/ luster.

  • Generally: crystals on the Mohs hardness scale of five or less (the scale rates minerals from one to ten: with one being the softest and ten being the hardest)
  • Crystals containing minerals that can rust (like iron)
  • Crystals that can release toxins in water.
  • Crystals with names ending in “-ITE”. This is generalization, however, can be a useful tip to stay on the safe side.

Below you will find a list of some WATER UNSAFE crystals:

  1. Amazonite
  2. Angelite
  3. Apatite
  4. Apophyllite
  5. Aquamarine
  6. Azurite (toxic)
  7. Black Tourmaline
  8. Calcite
  9. Carnelian
  10. Celestite
  11. Chrysocolla
  12. Desert Rose
  13. Fire Opal
  14. Fluorite
  15. Galena
  16. Gypsum
  17. Halite
  18. Hematite
  19. Imperial Topaz
  20. Jade
  21. Kunzite
  22. Kyanite
  23. Labradorite
  24. Lapis Lazuli
  25. Lepidolite
  26. Magnetite (Lodestone)
  27. Malachite
  28. Moonstone
  29. Obsidian
  30. Opal
  31. Pyrite
  32. Red Coral
  33. Selenite
  34. Sodalite
  35. Talc
  36. Tangerine Quartz
  37. Turquoise
  38. Ulexite
  39. Unakite

Please note, this is not an all-encompassing list, and you should always check out your individual crystal before cleansing it with water.

For your future reference, grab this list in a handy PDF format. Just click on the poster, save, or print it out 🙂

table with water unsafe crystals

Water can affect these crystals in different ways, as they may:

  • dissolve (calcite or selenite)
  • rust (hematite or magnetite)
  • fade (tangerine quartz)
  • become toxic (malachite or pyrite)
  • break in extreme temperatures (obsidian).

Some of the crystals on the list can be put in water for a short time (for instance unakite, jade or labradorite) but to be sure you won’t damage your crystal, it’s always better to cleanse it in a different way.


How To Cleanse Water Unsafe Crystals?


There are many methods you can cleanse crystals that shouldn’t be put in water. I would encourage you to explore them and choose the method which resonates with you. Some of the methods will be perfectly safe for any kind of crystal (like smudging or visualizing), other might need extra caution as may damage some crystals (like burying them or using dry salt).

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What Crystals Are Safe To Go In Water?


All the crystals below are 6 or more on the Mohs scale and don’t have any other factors that would make them unsafe in water. They could enjoy a proper water cleansing if you are attracted to the water element!

Crystals that can be cleansed with water:

  1. Agate
  2. Amethyst
  3. Aventurine
  4. Black Obsidian
  5. Citrine
  6. Clear Quartz
  7. Jasper
  8. Rose Quartz
  9. Rutilated Quartz
  10. Smoky Quartz
  11. Tiger’s Eye

Again, for your future reference, we have prepared this list in a handy PDF format. Just click on the poster, save, or print it out.

Happy (and safe) cleansing!

list of water safe crystals


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