The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - Gems, Crystals, Jewelry and Pendulums Attract and Absorb Energy

Suggested Methods for Cleansing Crystals, Gems, Jewelry, and Pendulums:

Your gems, crystals, jewelry, pendulums, basically anything around you, or on you, can attract positive and negative energy and hold that energy unless the object is cleansed. 

The jewelry you wear, the pendulum you hold in your hand, absorbs the energies you have within you as well as the negative energies around you.  Therefore these objects need to be cleansed very regularly. 

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The following are a few suggested methods for cleansing crystals, gems, pendulums and jewelry.  These methods can also be used to cleanse other objects.  

  • Brown Rice: ( good method for jewelry)

There are several different techniques for purifying your healing crystals.   This is a simple technique that will cleanse your stones while your sleep. Place your crystals inside a bowl of uncooked brown rice making sure they are completely surrounded with grains of rice, so that they are "in the dark" so to speak. Keep them in the rice overnight.

The rice will naturally draw out any impurities or negative energies that the crystal has absorbed over time. In the morning remove the crystals and place them in sunlight for an hour to re-energize them with sun-healing vibrations.

Be careful not to leave certain stones (Amethyst) in the bright sunlight for longer periods as they may fade.

Also, discard the brown rice. Do not consume rice that has been used as an energetic cleanser. Instead, you can honor the rice for its service with a simple ritual. Give thanks to the rice and simply return it to the earth for recycling. You can do this either by scattering it upon the ground, adding it to your composting pile, or burying it.

  • The Sun and Moon:  

Place your gems, crystals, pendulums, jewelry, all types of objects, in a place where they will be fully exposed to the energizing rays of the sun and moon.  Even if the day is cloudy or you cannot see the moon, their rays will energize the stones as long as they are directly exposed to these elements of nature.  They will normally be cleansed within 24 hours of exposure. 

However, stones such as black tourmaline which are being used to deflect negative energies or help release negative energies in your physical and energetic bodies, may require up to 48 hours to become fully cleansed and regenerated.

Many colored crystals will fade in the sun so you will have to use another method for cleansing and regenerating these gemstones. 

  • The Earth:  

Place your gems, crystals, jewelry, whatever, in the earth, either directly into the earth or you can place the gems and crystals into a cloth covering, preferably a natural fabric such as cotton or wool or silk.  Leave the gem or crystal buried for at least 24 hours to ensure that they become fully re-energized.  If possible, find a spot where the soil is not being spread with chemicals through fertilizers or pesticides.  This cleanses all negative energies and re-energizes the stones.

  • Smudging With White Sage: 

Take some white sage and begin to burn it until a good strong smoke is coming from your sage.  Hold the crystal, gem, pendulum, or piece of jewelry in this smoke for at least one minute and preferably three or four minutes.  This clears all negative energies that have become attached to this stone but does not energize the gem or crystal.  

To re-energize the stone, place it in a window so it can be exposed to the rays of the sun and moon.  Remember, they re-energize even when it’s cloudy.

White Sage is the only herb that I use to cleanse.  Others may recommend other herbs but I find that White Sage guarantees that the cleansing will be deep and complete

  • Cleansing By Using Your Intention:  

For those who are practiced in using intent to make energetic changes, place the crystals or gems in front of you, focus your mental energies upon these stones, and ask the powers of the Universe to cleanse them of all negative energies and to re-energize your stones for their maximum potential.  

This method however requires much concentration and focus and you need to practice for some time to ensure whatever you are trying to clear is actually cleared.  And please remember to thank the Universe for doing this beautiful work for you.

  • Using Another Crystal:  

You can place the gems, crystals, jewelry, pendulums etc. you would like to cleanse on another crystal, preferably a large, and I mean large, quartz crystal cluster.  This will clear negative energies and will re-energize your crystals.  However, you must cleanse and re-energize the large quartz crystal cluster regularly to ensure it retains its cleansing and re-energizing powers.  

Some people believe that negative energies can be cleansed off pieces of jewelry by placing this jewelry on an amethyst stone.  I find that this approach has very limited results, depending on the amount of negative energy on the jewelry and the energy of the amethyst.

Whatever methods you choose, treat your gems and crystals with tender and loving kindness.  These stones can do so much to heal at all levels including the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual levels.  They are magical gifts from the Universe and we need to treat them with respect and gratitude. 


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