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How to clean and recharge crystals and amber stones.

By Marie Clarke
How to clean and recharge crystals and amber stones.

Cleansing & Recharging Crystals & Gemstones

Cleansing crystals regularly is necessary as they will absorb negative energy. The bracelet will invariably absorb vibrations not only from you but from your environment. To create positive energy within your crystals, you need to cleanse them frequently. Generally, every two weeks should be sufficient. If you have been through a particularly difficult period it would be advisable to cleanse them to clear any negative energy absorbed during this period. This is important as their effectiveness for healing and to ensure you are not affected by negative vibrations within the stones. If you have been using them to heal health issues or when you were in a negative frame of mind, they would probably have absorbed your negative energy. This is why it is a good idea to purify them on a regular basis.

There are many different methods to cleanse crystals. The easiest and safest way to cleanse your bracelet is to hold it under running water for a short while. The water should be lukewarm in temperature and hold them under running water for a minute should be sufficient to cleanse the crystals.

To charge your crystals there are, again, many different methods. The simplest method is to place your bracelet in natural sunlight or moonlight for a while to absorb the natural energy. Please note that the bracelet should not be left out in strong sunlight for more than an hour as it has a tendency to make some crystals such as Amethyst fade.

If you have a piece of amethyst, carnelian or clear quartz, you can place your jewellery on that to charge it. We sell those in our gemstone store here

To program the bracelet after cleansing and charging for a specific use, sit quietly away from distractions and strong electrical devices. Hold the crystal in front of you, clear your mind and focus on the stone. Focus on the specific energy or intentions that you wish to program the crystal with, and transmit the energies and thoughts from your mind directly to the stone. Be clear and direct when doing this and don't try to confuse or overload the crystal with different thoughts and energies. Do this until you feel happy that the required thoughts and energies have been transmitted to the stone.

Amber Jewellery

Clean with plain warm water and a soft cloth and rub with olive oil. Leave in the sun or warm airing cupboard to recharge for a couple of hours Keep perfumed oils and body lotions away from it. Keep away from direct heat such as radiators as amber will crack and shatter. If there is no sun, a couple of hours in your bra will work too :-) Avoid detergents and cleansers they leave a residue on the amber.

With proper care, your amber will remain beautiful for a lifetime...

Gemstone Cleansing

Water Safe Crystals:

  • Rose Quartz
  • Clear Quartz
  • Amethyst
  • Smokey Quartz
  • Citrine
  • Agate
  • Moonstone
  • Carnelian (though NOT safe in salt water)
  • Rutilated Quartz
  • Jasper
  • Tiger's Eye
  • Aventurine
  • Black Obsidian (FYI: can break in EXTREME cold or hot water temperatures)

The crystals listed above are a great place to start and are especially safe when in polished, or tumbled form. Always double check when it comes to salt water, because salt can be corrosive to some stones!

Water Unsafe Crystals

  • Fluorite (especially SALT water)
  • Selenite
  • Apophyllite
  • Tangerine Quartz
  • Gypsum
  • Lepidolite
  • Opal (although Australian Boulder Opal is generally safe, because it's not porous)
  • Azurite
  • Apatite
  • Halite
  • Malachite
  • Turquoise
  • Ulexite
  • Labradorite
  • Celestite
  • Pyrite
  • Hematite

Many of the crystals above on the unsafe list will completely dissolve when placed in water, or they will lose their shine. Either way, play it safe when it comes to these minerals and ALWAYS do your own research.


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