gem care

you should cleanse your crystals the first time you obtain them, and then after each healing session and after working with them. additionally, you should cleanse them on a regular basis and each time you feel that their energy is “down”. there are several methods to clean crystals and you cannot use every method with every crystal. the cleansing instructions are given with the description of every stone. Some crystals do not need cleansing. these are kyanite and citrine . some crystals clean other crystals (suitable for very fragile pieces) but they need cleansing themselves afterwards: crystals quartz, carnelian, selenite, amethyst.
how to cleanse and energize? following methods can be used for cleansing and energizing:
running water hold the stone under running water for a couple of minutes whit the intention that all negativity will be washed away.
earth bury crystals in soil for 24 hours, best near roses, lavender, rosemary or sage. they have to be completely covered by earth. in earth, an overworked crystal can rest and be purified of negative energy. this is particularly effective for crystal points. Brush of the dirt or clean with a soft cloth. if a crystal is fragile, leave on top of soil in an open ceramic dish.
light (moonlight/sunlight) putting the stone into sunlight (or moonlight during full moon for stones that fade in the sunlight) will cleanse it and recharge its energy. if you use sunlight, best put the crystals from dawn till noon. beware of fire danger when the sun rays are focused in a crystal. the sunlight is especially good for cleansing highly vibrant, richly coloured or sparkling crystals and gems like topaz and diamond. in case of moonlight, best is a night of full moon. leave your stones outside in a sheltered place or inside on the window ledge in the night of full moon. following gems/crystals do not respond well to sunlight: aventurine, amethyst, beryl (aquamarine, emerald, heliodor), kunzite, hiddenite, citrine, sapphires, fluorite, rose quartz, smoky quartz. following gems/crystals respond very well to moonlight: rose quartz, selenite, amethyst.
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reiki after having cleansed the crystal, perform reiki symbols over it and hold it between your hands to further bless, charge, balance and harmonize the crystal’s effectiveness
amethyst geodes/crystal quartz clusters/other minerals you can energize and cleanse gems on tumbled hematite, or on a crystal quartz or amethyst cluster. selenite cleanses other gems as well.
programming crystals you should dedicate your crystal as soon as you have cleansed it. this will focus the energy of the crystal. judy hall proposes to do the following: hold the crystal and visualize light surrounding it. say out loud: I dedicate this crystal to the highest good of all. may it be used in light and love.” afterwords you can program it to the purpose for which you want to work with it.
storing your gems you can keep tumbled stones together in a bag because they are more durable. other stones should be kept separately because they can easily be damaged. layered stones and clusters can fall apart, polished surfaces can be scratched and natural points can break. best is to put each crystal in a silk or velvet bag or wrap them in a piece of cloth.