Toxic Crystals and Minerals

Making Gem Water and Elixirs is easy and a great way to raise your vibration.  If you are creating ANY kind of Gem Water for consumption, you absolutely want to be sure that the crystals and minerals you are using are not toxic.


To be safe, always check to be sure there are no toxic minerals in the crystals or stones you plan to use that can leech out into the water. If there is, there are safe, alternative methods to work with that stone’s energies.  (see making Gem Water and Elixirs page here)

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Here is a list of crystals that should never be immersed and/or stored in water, including salt water. This also goes for making any sort of essences, gem water or elixirs. They will lose their polish and become dull and some may dissolve. A quick cleanse under water is fine, but do not submerse for extended periods of time.

 

  • Fluorite (especially SALT water)

  • Selenite

  • Apophyllite

  • Tangerine Quartz

  • Gypsum

  • Lepidolite

  • Opal 

  • Azurite

  • Apatite

  • Halite

  • Malachite

  • Turquoise

  • Ulexite

  • Labradorite 

  • Celestite

  • Pyrite

  • Hematite

 

If you would like to work with crystals in fresh water, here are a few safe options. I do not recommend using salt water at any time.

  • Clear Quartz

  • Rose Quartz

  • Amethyst

  • Smokey Quartz

  • Citrine

  • Agate

  • Moonstone

  • Carnelian

  • Rutilated Quartz

  • Jasper

  • Tiger's Eye

  • Aventurine

  • Black Obsidian (FYI: can break in EXTREME cold or hot water temperatures)

This is not a comprehensive toxic crystals and stones list. I am always adding new information when available. Please always do your own (scientific based) research in addition to checking here from time to time.  Remember, when in doubt, do without!

Actinolite

May contain asbestos.

Adamite

Contains arsenic and some copper

Ajoite

Contains aluminum and copper

Alexandrite

Contains aluminum

Amazonite

Contains copper

Atacamite

Contains copper

Aquamarine

Contains aluminum

Auricalcite

Contains zinc and copper

Azurite

Contains copper

Beryl Group

  • Bixbite

  • Emerald

  • Aquamarine

  • Goshenite

  • Heliodor

  • Morganite

Contains aluminum

Black Tourmaline

Contains aluminum

Boji-stones (aka Moqui Balls, Shaman Stone)

Contains some sulphur, pyrite and/or marcasite

Bronchantite

Contains copper

Bumblebee "Jasper" (not tech. a jasper)

Contains finely dispersed Cinnabar and sulfur

Cavansite

Contains copper

Celestite

Contains strontium

Chalcantite

Contians copper

Chalcopyrite (peacock stone)

Contains copper and sulphur

Chrysocolla

Contains copper

Cinnabar

Contians mercury

Conicalcite

Contians copper

Copper

Can be poisonous depending on quantity

Covellite

Contains copper and sulphur

Cuprite

Contains copper

Dioptase

Contains copper

Dumortierite

Contains aluminum

Emerald

Contains aluminum

Fluorite

Contains fluorine

Fuchsite

Contains chromium

Garnet (Spessartine, Almandine, Uvarovite,

Rhodolite, Hessonite)

Contains aluminum

Gem Silica

Contains copper

Galena

Contains lead

Garnierite (aka Falcondoite)

Contains nickel

Iolite

Contains aluminum

Kunzite

Contains aluminum

Labradorite

Contains aluminum

Lapis Lazuli

Contains pyrite

Lepidolite

Contains aluminum

Malachite

Contains copper

Markasite

Contains sulphur

Mohawkite

Contains copper and Arsenic

Moldavite

Contains aluminum oxide

Moonstone

Contains aluminum

Morganite

Contains aluminum

Pietersite

Fibrous form contains asbestos

Prehnite

Contains aluminum

Psiomelan

Contains barium

Pyrite

Contains sulphur

Realgar

Contains sulphur and arsenic

Ruby

Contains aluminum

Sapphire

Contains aluminum

Selenite

Although not toxic, friable; tiny shards may break off in water

Serpentine

Fibrous form contains asbestos

Smithsonite

May contain copper

Sodalite

Contains aluminum

Spinel

Contains aluminum

Staurolite

Contains aluminum

Stibnite

Contains lead and antimony

Stilbite

Contains aluminum

Sugilite

Contains aluminum

Sulfur

Poisonous

Sunstone

Contains aluminum

Tanzanite--Gem variety of Zoisite

Contains aluminum

Topaz

Contains aluminum

Torbenite

Radioactive

Tourmaline

Contains aluminum

Tremolite

May contain asbestos

Turquoise

Contains copper and aluminum

Vanadinite

Contains vanadium

Variscite

Contains aluminum

Vesuvianite

Contains aluminum

Wavellite

Contains aluminum

Wulfenite

Contains lead and molybdenum

Zircon

Contains zirconium, radioactive

Zoisite

Contains aluminum

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