Crystal Care: Water
Crystal Care isn’t an oft-covered topic. After all, they’re just rocks, right? What care could they possibly need? They are in fact several things you should watch out for to keep your stones in top condition.
Several people use water to cleanse their stones or they will attempt to make crystal water by adding stones to their water bottles. However, some stones will either react with water or dissolve in it.
Moh’s Hardness Scale
Anything under a 4 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale – like Selenite or Azurite – can dissolve or lose density in the water. Placing anything in the 4 – 6 also runs the risk of damaging the crystal. Not all stones will immediately dissolve, but exposure to water may cause damage, cracks, or color loss. For slightly higher hardness, exposing it to water for brief instances and immediately drying it may not damage it, but do so at your own risk.
Water-safe stones include mostly stones with a 7 or higher on the Moh’s Scale. Various forms of quartz tend to be safe, such as amethyst, rose quartz, smokey quartz, citrine, etc.
Iron-based crystals such as Hematite, Pyrite, Magnetite, etc. should not be placed in water because they may rust due to the high iron content. Plus, salt-based stones such as Halite will dissolve.
There are some other crystals that may not dissolve in water, but we still do not advise you to place them in water due to their mineral composition. Stones like Malachite, Azurite, Lapis, etc. that have high copper, sulfur, asbestos, or lead contents are not advisable. You should never drink crystal water made from these stones.
- Clear Quartz
- Rose Quartz
- Smokey Quartz
- Black Obsidian
- Most forms of Jasper
- Most forms of Agate
- Rutilated Quartz
- Black Tourmaline
This is in no way an exhaustive list of stones that are or are not water safe. Also while we sell crystal water bottles with water-safe crystals, we do not advise creating an improvised crystal bottle on your own. The Soji water bottles were designed with consumer safety in mind. Other stones were not made to be placed in the customer’s water, and you should only use stones designed for that express purpose when making crystal water.