Understanding Crystal Toxicity
Crystals to Handle with Caution
Crystals are composed of elements and minerals from the earth. Our bodies are also composed of elements and minerals from the earth. To ensure you do not overload your system with too many toxins, it is important to understand the toxicity of the different crystals you will be using.
Tumbled, polish crystals are much safer than raw exposed crystals because they are sealed with oils, reducing toxicity risk. Raw crystals are not sealed, and they have loose pieces and dust that may be toxic. If you are only handling a crystal for a short period of time (like creating a grid), that is much different than holding that stone for long periods of time (30 mins or more) during a meditation. The exposure length has a consideration in the toxicity concern.
Caution is recommended when choosing crystals to use in elixirs, where the crystals are placed in drinking water. There are many toxins that may leach out of the crystal when moistened. Some crystals are quite soft and can flake with use as well.
Due to the possibility of crystal toxicity, I would suggest using the type of water bottles that has a separate compartment on the bottom for crystals.
The main reason one would put crystals in water in the first place, is so the water absorbs the energy of the crystals. Crystals emit energy. They do not have to be in the water for the water to absorb the crystal’s energy. Water can absorb the crystal’s energy through matter and especially if you set an intention for that purpose. Just as moon water, which is water charged by moonlight, does not have to have the moon in it for the water to absorb the moon’s energy.
When working with crystals always remember to wash your hands off with cold water to wash away any toxins you may have picked up. Cold water keeps your pores closed, limiting the amount of toxins you will be exposed to as you wash your hands.
It is also good to note that some crystals are artificially radiated and can emit radioactive energy. Also, some forms of granite emit radon, so being mindful of how much time you spend around these types of crystals is important.
Crystals to handle with caution:
Actinolite– May contain asbestos.
Adamite– Contains arsenic and some copper
Ajoite– Contains aluminum and copper
Alexandrite– Contains aluminum
Amazonite– Contains copper
Amber - Contains toxic dust, fumes, bacteria, and viruses (digestive toxicity)
Angelite - Contains Lead and Sulphur
Anthophyllite - asbestos
Aquamarine– Contains aluminum
Aragonite - sometimes contains lead.
Atacamite– Contains copper
Aurichalcite– Contains zinc and copper
Azurite– Contains copper
Beryl Group – These crystals contain aluminum.
Black Tourmaline– Contains aluminum
Boji-stones – Contains some sulphur, Pyrite and/or marcasite
Brochantite – Contains copper
Cavansite– Contains copper
Celestite– Contains strontium and aluminum
Chalcanthite– Contains copper
Chalcopyrite (peacock ore) – Contains copper and sulphur
Chrysocolla– Contains copper
Chrysoprase - Contains nickel
Cinnabar – Contains mercury (VERY TOXIC)
Conicalcite – Contains copper
Copper – Poisonous
Covellite – Contains copper and sulphur
Crocidolite - Contains asbestos
Cuprite – Contains copper
Dioptase – Contains copper
Dumortierite – Contains aluminum
Emerald – Contains aluminum
Feldspar - Contains aluminum
Fluorite – Contains fluorine, source of dangerous gas hydro fluoride
Garnet (Spessartine, Almandine, Uvarovite,
Rhodonite, Hessonite) – Contains aluminum
Gem Silica – Contains copper
Galena – Contains lead
Garnierite (aka Falcondoite) – Contains nickel
Hematite – Will rust (high iron), but not toxic.
Howlite - boron, boron oxide, borate
Iolite – Contains aluminum
Jade (Jadeite) - Contains aluminum, iron.
Jade (Nephrite) - Contains aluminum, iron, titanium.
Kambaba Jasper - Contains cyanobacteria and possible cyanotoxins.
Kansas Pop Rocks - may contain sulphur.
Kunzite – Contains aluminum
Labradorite – Contains aluminum
Lapis Lazuli – Contains pyrite, copper, and sulphur
Lepidolite – Contains aluminum
Magnetite – Will rust, but not toxic
Malachite – Contains copper
Marcasite – Contains sulphur
Mohawkite – Contains copper and Arsenic
Moldavite – Contains aluminum oxide
Moonstone – Contains aluminum
Morganite – Contains aluminum
Ocean Jasper - Contains iron
Opal - Contains toxic dust for inhalation (pipes)
Pietersite – The fibrous form contains asbestos
Prehnite – Contains aluminum
Psilomelane – Contains barium
Pyrite – Contains sulphur (when mixed with water makes sulphuric acid)
Quartz (all types) - Contains toxic dust for inhalation (pipes)
Realgar – Contains sulphur and arsenic
Rhodochrosite (Rhodochrosite) - Contains lead
Rose Quartz - Contains iron / titanium.
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
Spodumene (aka Kunzite) – 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
Tiger Eye – Fibrous form contains asbestos (Very Toxic)
Topaz – Contains aluminum
Torbernite – Radioactive
Tourmaline – Contains aluminum
Tremolite – May contain asbestos
Turquoise – Contains copper and aluminum
Unakite - Contains aluminum and iron
Vanadinite – Contains vanadium
Variscite – Contains aluminum
Vesuvianite – Contains aluminum
Wavellite – Contains aluminum
Wulfenite – Contains lead and molybdenum
Zircon – Contains zirconium, radioactive
Zoisite – Contains aluminum 2,5
Some forms of granite emit radon from the decay of Uranium. Radioactive gems or artificially irradiated crystals, gems or stones may be radioactive. Try to steer clear of the following:
· Very deeply pigmented topaz
· Artificially dark (almost black) Smokey quartz
· Pink or red tourmaline and deeply colored crystals
· Colored Diamonds
· Treated Kunzite and Cultured Pearls