What Crystals can go in Water & Ones that Cannot? – FULL LIST!

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Which crystals can go in water? Agate, Obsidian, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Jasper, Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Aventurine, Tiger’s Eye, Citrine, and Carnelian are crystals that can go in water.

How did I know? The general rule is this – You should only water cleanse crystals with a rating of 6 or above in the Mohs hardness scale. You should avoid watering crystals that contain copper or iron ore in them so they don’t rust1

But, What is Mohs Hardness Scale – Understanding it!

The Mohs hardness scale is a helpful kit that simplifies the understanding of the hardness of the minerals.

Using a scale of 1-10, the minerals are tested using other minerals to check the surface resistance of the stone.

To determine the score of each, you simply scratch one against one another and see which one causes damage and which suffers damage.

You’d see pearls, talc, and rock salt at the bottom of the scale, and unbreakable ruby, diamond, and sapphire at the top.

Yes, we earlier stated that crystals with more than 5 or 6 scores are usually safe to go in the water but this scale shouldn’t be the sole factor when it comes to decision making.

Some crystals may have other features and facets that makes them unfriendly with water – even if they pass the scale test.

List of Hard Crystals that are Safe in Water

Here are some crystals I have used since they score high note on the Mohs scale and don’t have other factors that could make them sensitive to water.

I have given these gems a good rinse with water over time and they have been clean so far, or even leave them in a glass of H20 to make a magic crystal elixir.

  • Agate

Agate stone can go in water.

This stone has the energy that rebalances the body and brings the soul and mind into harmony.

Different Agate types also contain healing properties but all share calmness and balance.

  • Obsidian

Obsidian can go in water.

Obsidian is a highly protective and grounding stone, Obsidian mops up bad energy so you can remain stabilized and clear no matter what.

  • Rose Quartz

Yes! Rose Quartz can go in the water with no issues at all.

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This heart healing gem is radiant with soft shades of self-compassion and love.

Need more brightness in your day? Go for this!

  • Smoky Quartz

Smoky Quartz is safe to use in water.

It helps get rid of negative energy such as fear, and anger.

This stone helps calm your emotional issues and move forward into positive action and thought.

  • Jasper

Jasper is full of warm energy and can go into the water.

The supreme nurturer is full of warming energy to rouse your passions, soul, and get your yin and yang vibes ironed out.

  • Clear Quartz

Clear quartz can go in the water.

It is a great healer that cleanses and aligns all your chakras and helps you find a place of perfect clarity.

  • Amethyst

Amethyst is safe in the water. I use water to clean mine.

This purple-hued gem is all about connection, calmness, and spirituality.

It is able to encourage sleep, heal headaches, and let your crown chakra shine.

  • Aventurine

Aventurine is another gem stone that fosters prosperity and a sense of inner power. It is safe to use in water.

It is great for enhancing leadership qualities and healing the heart.

  • Tiger’s Eye

Yes! Tiger’s eye is great and is fine in water.

Prowess and power are two primary elements of this black and gold banded gem. For those seeking healthy boundaries, better intuition, and strong decision making.

  • Citrine

Citrine gives sweet and sunshine vibes, even in water. So, Yes, it is safe to use in water!

Also known as the merchant’s stone as it brings good luck and optimistic thinking.

  • Carnelian

Yeah, you can use water on Carnelian.

Carnelian is a highly energetic stone linked to the lower chakras. This gem isn’t a fan of saltwater so keep it cleansed in freshwater only.

List of Stones that cannot be washed with water

The stones listed in this section cannot be washed with water. But, they can be cleaned with safe techniques like smudging, using other crystals that naturally cleanse, and the no contact water method (leaving stones next to a glass of water without them getting wet).

Here are the gems that should skip out on a soaking or even a spritzing…

  • Labradorite

No, you cannot soak, spray or spritzes a labradorite.

This dreamer’s stone has mystical and magic that helps your intuition, third eye healing, and accessing higher notes of wisdom.

  • Fluorite

You should not soak or spray the fluorite gem.

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I like this clear-headed gem vibration – it’s calming and brings order to chaos and strengthen our sense of self along with cleansing chakras and auras.

  • Azurite

Azurite cannot go in water or washed with water either.

Azurite brings inner balance and strength. It’s copper flecked blue stone is able to activate the third eye chakra.

  • Kyanite

Kyanite is laced with energy and contains some elements that do not play safe with water.

This stone brings lots of purity without the need to greet water. Known for its presence, stillness, presence, and quite strength, this kyanite is great!

  • Selenite

It is not safe to use water on selenite.

Great for women! This feminine energy and rejuvenation bless the dessert rose delight of Selenite. It is known for its angelic connections and moon magic.

  • Apatite

Apatite is not great with water. I would not use water on it.

Apatite is a stone that has a strong commitment to the truth, Apatite awakens creativity, clear the throat, and helps balance out yin yang energies according to your needs.

  • Calcite

No! Calcite is not fine with water.

Use this gem to clear out your emotional stress, awaken psychic abilities, and helps you to channel your energy into pursuits that suit your soul.

  • Lepidolite

Water is not safe for Lepidolite.

This stone helps balance your inner peace and balance.

The healing purple stone is effective at healing old wounds, nurturing your sense of self-acceptance, and dissolving blockages.

  • Celestite

Celestite should not be used with, or on any liquid.

This angelic stone activates the higher chakras and infuses you with a gorgeous gentle uplifting energy.

  • Aquamarine

No, Aquamarine is not fine with water.

It has a full flowing and cleansing energy that users can use to strengthen their trust, acceptance, and letting go of emotional pain.

  • Hematite

Hematite is not fine with water.

Hematite keeps your circulation in fine flow and restores strength.

This blood stone guards and protects you.

  • Kunzite

Never use water or liquid on Kunzite.

Kunzite is full of high vibrations and is able to clear the path for you.

  • Gypsum

Never use water or liquid on Gypsum.

This soft and sweet gem is able to help you overcome old habits, take away your stress and helps you set healthy boundaries.

  • Black Tourmaline

Black Tourmaline cannot be used with, in or on water. Do not soak or spray!

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This inky stone can keep us fiercely protected and full of life.

  • Pyrite

Although you cannot use water on pyrite, this gem is able to boost your masculine energy, improve lung health, and heighten your levels of optimism with this wealthy and wondrous golden nugget gem.

  • Moonstone

Moonstone does not play with water. Liquid or water negatively affects the stone.

However, Moonstone can help us accept cyclical changes, open new beginnings, overcome PMS problems, and boost fertility.

  • Halite

No! Avoid using water on Halite.

Halite opens your heart to new experiences, heals old wounds, and clears your space of electromagnetic smog and bad vibes with.

It is a soft pink gem and looks cute too.

  • Lapis Lazuli

Although you cannot use water on Lapis Lazuli starlit blue and gold gem, it has the ability to for higher thinking, expressing emotions, feelings and accessing inner wisdom.

  • Turquoise

Turquoise is not fine with water. I wouldn’t use any liquid on it.

I like that it has cool and pure energy that helps to feel soothed and supported.

It is also able to boost the immune system and promotes positive flow.

  • Amazonite

You cannot use water on or with Amazonite.

Amazonite helps calm down your nervous system and taps into universal love with this gentle and harmonious hope system.

  • Angelite

Angelite is an energy-loving stone that clams you down.

Angelite can also help balance out overwhelm and grant you a peaceful presence.

  • Malachite

I wouldn’t use water on malachite.

This stone is able to absorb negative energies and activates the chakras – especially the heart.

Malachite is very soft and hugely toxic in water. Keep it far from water and don’t touch any water it has been in.

How to Charge Your Crystals

  • Plant in a garden or soil
  • Place the water-loving gems in water bottles filled with saltwater or spring water.
  • Place the water-hating ones in a jar 9without water).
  • Leave them in the light of the full moon overnight
  • Leave them in sunlight for a short period of time
  • Place in a bowl with other high vibration crystals
  • You can also use your crystals to make elixirs and gem water to sip whenever you need an infusion of healing power.


Soft crystals and gems containing iron or copper should be kept away from water but those hardier gems with a strong surface can absolutely benefit from being cleaned and discharged in water and can also be used to make bath time and bottled water even more nurturing in life.

Author: Howard S. Baldwin

My name is Howard S. Baldwin. I am a work-at-home dad to three lovely girls, Jane + Hannah + Beauty. I have been blogging for the last 3 years. I worked for other Home and Lifetsyle blogs, did hundreds of product reviews and buyers’ guides. Prior to that, I was a staff accountant at a big accounting firm. Needless to say, researching and numbers are my passion. My goal is to be an informative source for any topic that relates to DIY life and homemaking.

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