Gems, crystals, jewelry, pendulums and other objects including clothes and furniture naturally absorb and hold energies to various degrees.
These energies can be positive, negative and neutral. They can belong to the owner of the object, to other people who have been in the vicinity of the object or to the space in which the object was present.
When enough negative energy accumulates, the object will start to feel “off”. As a result, you will no longer want to hold it, use it or even be around it.
Think about your favorite piece of jewelry. Perhaps you have a special pair of sapphire earrings that you used to wear all the time and then one day you took them off and forgot about them. Years later you re-discovered the earrings and once again they became your favorite. On the energetic level, what happened was that the earrings had accumulated energy which is not for your highest and best good. Your intuition naturally steered you away from the earrings until such time when they became clean once again.
Another way to look at why you need to cleanse crystals is similar to what you do when you buy an article of clothing. You first wash it before wearing, then you wash it after one or several wears and if you let another person borrow it, then you wash it once it’s returned to you. Same idea applies to crystals or anything that has crystals, such as jewelry.
There are many techniques you can use to cleanse your crystals. These take from several minutes to several days. There are some exceptions where clearing a crystal could take years and require the involvement of a professional energy worker but such situations are not common.
Below are some of the common crystal clearing techniques:
Running Water: Turn on your faucet and place the crystal under running water. As you hold the crystal set an intention to clear the crystal of its old energy and infuse it with love. Hold the crystal under running water until your intuition tells you that it has been cleared. Note that not all crystals can be placed under water as water may destroy them.
Moon: This is my favorite way to cleanse crystals. The best time to do this is on a full moon. Place your gems, crystals, pendulums, jewelry, all types of objects, in a place where they will be fully exposed to the energizing rays of the moon. Even if the day is cloudy or you cannot see the moon, its rays will energize the stones. In many cases, one night may be sufficient. When cleansing grounding and protective crystals such black tourmaline or hematite you may find that you need to keep them outside for several days and nights. You will know the crystal is clean because you will be drawn to it.
Sun: Sun has incredible clearing and recharging powers. Use it in the same way as you would the moon, but avoid placing crystals in direct sunlight, especially in the summer. Crystals such as aquamarine and amethyst may fade in the sun and clear quartz may act like a magnifying glass and inadvertently set an object fire, so be careful.
Earth: Place your crystals or jewelry either directly into the earth or on the ground. If the objects are small you can wrap them with a natural cloth made of cotton, wool or silk. Then either put your bundle on the ground or bury it in the earth. Let the earth cleanse your crystals for at least 24 hours. If possible, find a spot where the soil is not being treated with fertilizers or pesticides. If the energy of the crystal is especially heavy, burial may be the quickest way to cleanse it.
Essential oils: Spray or rub your crystals with frankincense, myrrh, rose or another high vibrating essential oil. Check your local metaphysical store for clearing oils and sprays. Note that some crystals may be damaged by direct contact with an essential oil.
Smudging: For smudging, I prefer to use white sage or natural frankincense incense. Hold the crystal in the smoke for at least one minute. Smudging is easy to do but it is not my favorite cleansing method because even though it clears all negative energies, it does not re-energize. To re-energize the crystal, place it outside or next to a window so it can be exposed to the rays of the sun or moon (see above for instructions).
Your Intention: This one may take some practice. Place the crystal in front of you, focus your mental energies upon it, and ask the powers of the Universe to cleanse it of all negative energies and re-energize your crystal for its maximum potential. Remember to thank the Universe for doing this beautiful work for you.
Reiki: Hold the crystal and use the Reiki energy to cleanse and charge it.
Another Crystal: There are crystals that are master cleansers, meaning they never or rarely acquire negative energies and therefore can be used to cleanse other crystals. The two crystals that never absorb negativity and never need to be cleansed are citrine and kyanite. Both do a wonderful job cleansing other crystals. Selenite is also a good option. Although selenite does need to be cleansed once in a while, it does not absorb negativity as fast as some other crystals. Selenite also does an excellent job of infusing other crystals with white light. A large quartz crystal cluster is also a good tool to clear other crystals. Place the crystal you wish to cleanse on top the master cleanser crystal for about 24 hours. Unless you are using kyanite or citrine, be sure to cleanse and re-energize your master cleanser crystals regularly.
Salt: This works well for small items. Fill up a small container with rock salt and place your crystal or jewelry in the container. Cover it completely with salt. As with all other methods, you will know that the object has been cleansed when you have a desire to hold it, wear it or use it for healing. Note that salt may corrode certain crystals especially in humid environments, so be careful with this one.
Time: As the saying goes, “time heals all wounds.” This means that if you wait long enough, the crystal will most likely self rejuvenate. In certain cases, this may take years, so it’s not the most efficient method of cleansing.
Regardless of the method you choose, be sure to always cleanse your crystals upon bringing them home from the store. Then cleanse them regularly depending on where you use them and for what purpose. Here are some basic guidelines of how often to cleanse your crystals:
Office: Clear your crystals weekly/biweekly or after a hard day.
Home: This depends on the quality of energy in your home. Generally, a quick monthly clearing using smudging and then a quarterly healing using the full moon will keep your crystal fresh and clean.
Jewelry: I like to clear my jewelry daily, I have a special master cleanser crystal on which I place my jewelry as soon as I take it off.
Parties: Clear after guests leave especially if someone had handled your crystal.
Sickness: If someone in your home falls ill, the crystals will naturally absorb some of that energy. Clear the crystals once the person recovers. For a long-term illness, clear them at any regular interval that feels proper to you.
Energy Healing: Clear your crystal before and after each healing session.