Cleaning your crystals is more than just wiping the surfaces of your gems. Physically cleaning your crystals is a part of the cleansing process though. It's also important to energetically cleanse these miraculous formations too! Our crystals hold energy and need to be cared for especially when we are utilizing their inherent powers.
People ask us all the time: How do you cleanse your crystals? There is no one answer. You can cleanse your crystals many ways. We've heard of a few different methods and practice a few different cleansing activities ourselves. Your connection with your gems is a very personal one and there for you should approach your cleansing rituals with personal flair! Here are a few ideas of ways you can cleanse your crystals!
Cleanse with Water: Water is a great way to wash your crystals. You can simply run water over the surface of your gems and affirm they are cleansed or you can take it to another level. Gather a bowl, it can be any kind of bowl. Perhaps you prefer glass or ceramic. Maybe you want it to be hand made. The intentions behind your selections can make a huge difference. fill your bowl with water. Again you can level you water game up by using Moon Water or special water that you charge with different energy. Place your gems in this bowl one at a time or all together. The choice is yours. You can also infuse your water with salt or herbs.
Cleanse with Herbs: You can place your crystals in a bowl or plate and surround them with fresh or dried herbs, flowers, or foliage. Dive into the properties of each kind of plant your place your gems with. You might be surprised the healing properties of plants, herbs, and flowers!
Cleanse with Light: Some people like to give their gemstones a soak in the sun or moon light for cleansing and charging abilities. Place your gemstones in a window or on your porch / patio to cleanse them. The sun and the moon will assist you in cleansing the energies within them and give them a good boost of energy too! You can sit with your crystals basking in the same light, soaking in the same solar energies for an extra boost.
Cleanse with Smoke: Smoke baths are our favorite way to cleanse crystals! It's just a beautiful sight! Light some sage or any other herb that speaks to you and hold your gemstones one by one over the flowing smoke. Again affirm their cleansing.
A big part of cleansing your crystals is affirmations. You can meditatively affirm their cleansing or audibly affirm their cleansing. You can do both. The point is to cleanse your mind as well as the crystal energy so your auras are cleared of debris as well. This way you are in sync with your gemstones and can readily set new intentions with the assistance of your crystals. Like mentioned before there are no rules necessarily to this cleansing process and we like to recommend that you create you own cleansing process. You can mix any of these practices together. You can do them all together or switch between which cleansing process you like. Maybe one works well for you and maybe others not so much. We are all unique and evolving constantly so perhaps you want to change your practice over time.
How often do you cleanse crystals? That's also up to you! We'd recommend it during full and/or new moons, seasonal changes, life changes, or when you get the urge to do so. If you have a day that you clean your home, it's never bad to give your crystals a quick cleanse at those times as well. Cleaning is a great practice and should be put to use routinely. Find your cycles and flow with it.
What are your favorite ways to cleanse your crystals?
Copper and Brass love to be worn! Brass and Copper are wonderful metals to wear. If you wear your jewelry regularly, it's harder for it to tarnish. Having worn and worked with brass and copper all my professional career, I prefer it. I've heard copper has healing abilities as well. We do have copper within our bodies. When pairing copper with gemstones, it helps us connect with the gemstones and amplifies our intentions as well as the abilities associated with the stones.
There are a few things you can do to keep your brass clean and aligned with your body, getting minimal tarnish on your skin! Because of its ability to balance itself with natural patina over time, sometimes brass and copper leave small green or blue marks on our skin. These marks are normal and will go away when you wash your hands. These marks are not toxic to us or our skin. It likely means your brass or copper got moist or wet which made it oxidize to protect the metal surface! It happens! This is copper's super power to protect itself.
When wearing brass and copper jewelry it's important to keep your jewelry dry and clean. When washing your hands or taking showers with your brass or copper jewelry, dry it off real well when you're finished. (This is almost a reminder to keep your hands clean, which is essential right now.) With copper or brass rings, you might prefer to take them off when showering or washing your hands. It's totally up to your preference. The main thing to keep in mind is keeping your copper or brass metals dry. If you wear your jewelry all the time, even in the shower, which I do, You naturally polish your metal and it has an organic shine from being a part of your wardrobe!
If you do have brass or copper jewelry that is tarnished, it's pretty simple to clean it! Wash your brass or copper pieces with a dish towel or a wash cloth and dish soap. You can let it soak for 10 mins or so if you want, depending on how tarnished your jewels are. You can even a use an old tooth brush with the soap to scrub off tarnish, grime, or dirt. There are also polishing cloths available for jewelry that will help with tarnish.
When not wearing your brass or copper jewelry make sure it is dry before you store it. I'd also recommend putting your brass or copper jewelry in a bag, box, or case, to prevent unwanted tarnish. The truth is that copper and brass will tarnish over time, just remember to give it a good wash like described above! It's important to wash and cleanse your crystals too. Cleaning is a good time to reflect and set new intentions. I know cleaning can be associated with a mess of negativity but we can make positive associations with cleaning to improve our life and perspective!
When purchasing brass or copper make sure it's nickel free. It is also common to find copper that is plated. There is also aluminum sold as copper or brass. Be careful what you buy! I get my brass and copper wire from Rio Grande. If you want to know more about where I source my metals from, please contact me directly. Some of my brass chains are up-cycled and most likely coated/plated copper. It can be hard to tell what you're purchasing when it comes to base metals. I am not sure why. Genuine copper is not magnetic, so if a magnet sticks to your 'copper', it's probably not copper.
Fun fact about Copper: when it's alloyed with zinc, you make Brass. Copper is in Sterling Silver. Copper is also responsible for many of the blue and green colors we see in stones such as Malachite, Azurite, and Turquoise. How cool is that? Michigan is also a place where copper is mined! You can find Michigan copper at some crystal shops around the state.
About the Author
Megan LaCroix also known as Citrine is the daughter of a Navy Veteran. She’s lived all over the US but has roots in Michigan where her family is from. Spending summers in Northern Michigan exploring nature inspired her to create art work starting with jewelry and photography. She’d spend hours looking for rocks and creating assorted beaded jewelry with her sisters. In 2014 She graduated from University of Michigan School of Art & Design with a BFA then moved to Detroit where she is currently living and working. She is a multi-media artist with ever expanding skills but is best known for her jewelry, screen printing, photography, and paintings. Detroit Graffiti has a significant influence on her painting and drawing style. She’s participated in ArtPrize 2015 & 2021 and currently has a studio in the Village Arts Factory of Canton, MI.