You received your gemstone jewelry or divination tool and want to cleanse it before using it? A lot of technics are available to get rid of any unwanted energy. To keep a pendulum or a piece of jewelry as shiny and good as new, we have to protect it from anything that could damage it.
For years, I used to cleanse my crystals a few ways, mostly water, and Sunlight. I couldn't tell how many pieces of jewelry I damaged. Many creations are too delicate for that. Water can tarnish your favorite necklace or dowsing pendulum, and the Sun can remove the deep shade of certain gems like Amethyst. Often seen as the simplest means, water can damage a lot of stones like Garnet or Azurite.
But depending on the specific material of your piece, there are many ways to cleanse it properly. Let's discover some of them!
The smoke of your favorite incense, a piece of Palo Santo, Sandalwood, sage sticks, can be super effective to cleanse your gemstones. It's a fast way to clean your stones that you can do as often as you need to. While you are smudging your gemstone, focus on how your crystal is getting rid of all the unwanted energies. If you are using incense, a natural one will be best for good results. If like me, you are a Palo Santo addict, check if your wood comes from sustainable productions.
Always keep a bag of coarse salt in your home. Great for rituals, baths, and magic bags, salt can be a great tool to keep our stones clean. Some gemstones can be placed directly on the salt for a strong cleansing. But some crystals would be damaged by it, like Labradorite or Calcite. The non-mineral parts of your jewelry or pendulum would note appreciate this treatment, so if you are using this technic, make sure to expose only the stone to the salt, and not the rest. One to three hours will be enough to get your crystal perfectly clean.
So... how can we use salt and be sure to keep our piece safe? The answer is to use the salt indirectly: place your coarse salt in a container, then place a cup with your gemstone item on the salt. As we are using an indirect technic, leave your piece longer, like one night, to make sure it's cleaned up.
Using sound is an amazing way to clean your crystals. Once you invested in the perfect tool for you, you'll use it for life! Sounds good? (I always love a good pun). For this technic, you can use a singing bowl or a bell. You may have them already in your house. Singing bowls are great for meditation, and also to clean your house. Please avoid putting your crystal directly into the bowl: the vibrations could break them (yes, that's how powerful bowls are). It's better to place your crystal near the bow, then make it sounds. If you are considering getting a bell for it, note that this tool can be used for celebrations like Ostara too!
If you were looking for an excuse to get new crystals, search no more! Big clusters of quartz or amethyst are amazing to clean safely your other gemstones. Just place your pendulum or jewelry on your cluster, and let the magic happen. You can leave your piece as long as you want to, but one night would be enough. Once in a while, cleanse your cluster in the way you like (water for example), but remember to not expose your amethyst cluster to direct sunlight (it would discolor it).
Your own energy
If you are familiar with magnetism or Reiki, you may already know that you can use your energy to purify and charge your tools and jewelry. Place your crystal in your hand, and apply your energy with the other one. You can visualize a light, coming from your hand, charging your stone and liberating it from old energies. Powerful, this technic can be used anywhere. But if you can, it would be better to use in priority a technic who would not require your energy.
When should you cleanse your gemstones?
With experience, you'll know when you need to cleanse your crystals. They will feel heavy, "dense", and if you wear them anyway, you can feel some tensions (in your neck for a necklace for example). It's all about the energies your crystal will collect, and one afternoon in a crowded big city would be much more than one calm week in the forest. I would recommend cleaning your stone each time you are exposed to strong energies, like a confrontation at work, or after comforting a friend having a bad experience. Crystals can act as a shield, but to keep the good work, they require our attention and care.
I hope I gave you some useful ideas to take care of your pendulums and favorite jewelry! If you want to know more about a specific cleansing method, let me know in the comments! And if you want more crystal jewelry and gemstone pendulums, make sure to visit the shop!