Water cleansing is one powerful way to energetically clean and recharge crystals. However, some crystals are water-sensitive and risk being dissolved or rusted when exposed to water. So they should be cleansed with different methods in order to ensure their safety and longevity.
As a general rule, you should only water cleanse crystals that have a rating of 6 or above on the Mohs hardness scale.
What is the Mohs hardness scale?
The Mohs hardness scale is a qualitative measure of the scratch resistance of various minerals. It rates crystals from 1 to 10, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the hardest. Most gemstones fall in the range of 5-7, with a few measuring 8 or 9. Diamond is the hardest natural mineral with a rating of 10.
For crystals to be safe in the water, they should have a Mohs hardness rating of 6 or higher. It’s also important to note that there are going to be some exceptions so doing due diligence before cleaning your crystals can be beneficial.
Here is a list of some of the most popular healing crystals and whether or not they are safe to put in water.
Water Safe Crystals
Amethyst is a powerful healing crystal that is known to cleanse and protect the aura. It’s a water-safe crystal. However, Amethyst shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight as it may fade or crack.
Clear quartz is one of the most popular healing crystals because it can be programmed with your intentions. It belongs to the quartz family of crystals which are very safe in the water.
Rose quartz is one of the most gentle healing crystals that helps with unconditional love and healing the heart. It also belongs to the quartz family and is very stable when exposed to water.
Agate reduces stress, helps the wearer to feel more peaceful, and brings a sense of calmness. This crystal can be submerged in water as it doesn’t contain any water-sensitive elements like aluminum.
Red Jasper is known to eliminate fear, anxiety and help you feel more grounded and secure. It can be cleaned with water.
Tigers Eye bolsters your confidence by eliminating doubts and fear. It can be cleaned with water although it’s best to avoid salt water as it can be corrosive.
Water Sensitive Crystals
Labradorite is a stone that amplifies intuitive insights and manifestation. It’s usually safe in the water but long-term exposure can cause negative effects on the crystal.
Fluorite is a powerful stone that helps with spiritual growth, intuition, and creativity. It should not be submerged in water as it risks being faded or cracked.
Malachite is known to be a stone for transformation and change. It’s not water safe because it releases toxic fumes when exposed to water.
Moonstone is known as a stone of protection and is often used for spiritual guidance and enhancing feminine energy. It should not be cleaned with water because it can cause the crystal to dissolve.
Selenite is great for energy cleansing and protection. It should not be submerged in water as it’s made out of Gypsum, a water-sensitive element.
Black Tourmaline is a powerful stone that protects against negative energy and is often used in grids to purify a space. Exposing tourmaline to water can cause the crystal to crack and erode.
The Bottom Line
So, as you can see, there are some crystals that are safe to put in water and some that are not. As a general guide, only the crystals with Mohs hardness rating of 6 and above should be cleansed with water. For water-sensitive crystals, you can use alternative methods like sound, natural light, burning sage, etc.