Care and Cleansing of
Therapeutic Gemstones

Like all expressions of life, gemstones need and deserve care to retain their vitality. As therapeutic gemstones help us release energetic impurities and blockages, some of these released energies cling to the surface of the gems. These disharmonious energies quickly build up, inhibiting the gemstones’ ability to work at peak capacity. Regular cleansing clears these energies and restores the gems to their naturally vibrant state. Several minutes of care given regularly will keep therapeutic gemstones vital and ready to help us take our next step in growth and healing.

Basic Care Guidelines

 

When using a therapeutic gemstone necklace regularly, cleanse it at least two to three times a week using one of the four methods described below: Water Rinse, Salt Bed, Plant Rejuvenation, or Sunbath.

 

When not in use, store cleansed gemstones in a drawer, covered container, or jewelry roll.

 

Handle all therapeutic gemstones with care. Some are particularly fragile, such as Purple Rainbow Fluorite, Malachite, Mother of Pearl, and Rhodochrosite. They naturally break, scratch, and chip more easily than other gemstones.

Practices to Avoid

 

Avoid storing gemstones near strong electromagnetic fields, such as those emitted by televisions and computers, which can disrupt the gemstones’ energies.

 

Avoid exposing gemstones to x-rays, such as at the dentist, in a hospital, or at an airport security station. X-rays will be absorbed by the gems and released later into the user’s aura.

 

Avoid wearing gemstones in chlorinated swimming pools or hot tubs. Chlorine adversely affects the surface of certain gems.

 

Avoid smoking and wearing synthetic perfume when wearing therapeutic gemstones, especially porous stones. Fumes can interfere with the free flow of a gemstone’s energy.

To Protect the Thread’s Longevity

 

Avoid wearing necklaces longer than 20 inches to bed. Instead, lay them within 3 feet of you.

 

During intense physical activity, remove your necklace and place it in a secure pocket.

 

In general, be sure that the thread is completely dry before wearing or storing a necklace.

Four Cleansing Methods

Any of the four methods described below can cleanse therapeutic gems of the disharmonious energies they tend to collect during use. For certain gemstones, some methods are more appropriate than others; these special considerations are noted where required.

Water Rinse  Two to three times a week, or more often as needed

Rinsing gemstones in water gently washes away many of the gems’ accumulated energies. Hold the entire necklace under alternating hot and cold running water for about 60 seconds. To ensure that the water doesn’t become too hot, test the temperature with your fingers; if the water is too hot for your fingers, it may be too hot for the gems.

Special considerations: Rinsing will dull the polish of Rhodochrosite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Sodalight, Indigo, and Mother of Pearl. Therefore, use other cleansing methods for these gems.

Every three to four weeks: For gemstones that tolerate rinsing, occasionally use a small amount of mild, non-synthetic soap to remove body oils from the surface of the gems.

Click here to see a chart detailing the Water Rinse instructions for each gemstone.

Salt Bed  Two to three times a week, or more often as needed

Salt absorbs the disharmonious energies that accumulate on the surface of therapeutic gems. Lay the gemstones in about a half-inch of salt in a bowl for at least an hour or overnight. Replace the salt about every two weeks.

Oceanstones: To cleanse necklaces containing oceanstones (Biwa Pearl or Coral), use sea salt instead of table salt. Another option is to soak an oceanstone necklace in a solution of two teaspoons sea salt for every half-cup of cool water. First lay the necklace flat in a bowl. Add water and then sprinkle the salt into it. Some of the salt may settle on the gems before dissolving, aiding the cleansing process. Soak for 15 to 30 minutes. Then briefly rinse the gems with clear water before patting them dry.

Plant Rejuvenation  Two to three times a week, or more often as needed

Plants generate a living energy field that can absorb and transform the disharmonious energies we release. Wrap a gemstone necklace around the base of a healthy houseplant, or lay the necklace in its branches. For a deeper cleansing and rejuvenation, place the gemstones outside in the branches of, or underneath, a shrub or tree for several days.

Sunbath  Every one to two weeks, or more often as needed

Sunshine clears, energizes, and revitalizes therapeutic gems. Unless the gems are water-sensitive, first rinse them as described above. Then lay the gems in direct sunlight for 10 to 20 minutes (unless indicated otherwise in the chart on the next two pages). Ideally, expose the gems to the sun directly, rather than through a glass windowpane. If possible, lay the gems directly on the earth, grass, or branches of a plant. Avoid excessive exposure to the sun.

Click here to see a chart detailing the maximum Sunbath time requirements for each gemstone.

Special Treats

For an especially deep and refreshing cleansing, you can use either of the following methods with any gemstone for which a water rinse is appropriate:

Streaming water

You can provide a gemstone necklace with a powerful cleansing and rejuvenation by holding or placing it in a natural stream or creek or in gentle ocean waves for up to 20 minutes. Be sure to secure the gems adequately, so as not to lose them in the moving water.

Rain bath

Placing gems in the grass during a rainfall for several hours or overnight will also thoroughly cleanse and refresh them.

Air Travel with Therapeutic Gemstones

Airport security requires that all checked and carry-on bags be inspected by X-ray. When traveling with your gemstones, we recommend that you wear them as you walk through the metal detector or have them hand-inspected at the security station. Learn more

Gemisphere’s Necklace
Repair and Rejuvenation Services

Unlike conventional necklaces that are worn only occasionally, Gemisphere’s therapeutic gemstones are worn regularly and for extended periods. Consequently, sooner or later, your therapeutic gemstone necklace will require restringing. Gemisphere’s Repair and Rejuvenation Service can restring your necklace and restore your hard-working therapeutic gemstones to their original vibrancy and vitality. To learn more about this unique service, click here.

Cleansing Guidelines for Individual Gemstones

The chart below provides gem-specific details for the Water Rinse and Sunbath methods described above. Special Care notes indicate additional needs of certain gems.

Combination Necklaces

To learn how to cleanse a particular combination necklace (for example, Summer, Lavender Light, or Rubelle), read the care and cleansing instructions for each gemstone in the necklace, and then use the instructions for the gemstone with the most restrictive needs.

Gemstone Water Rinse Details Sunbath Maximum Time Special Care
Agate 2 – 3 times a week 20 minutes  
Amethyst Daily for the first two weeks.  Then at least 2 – 3 times a week. 20 minutes  
Apatite 2 – 3 times a week. Use slightly warm water only. Avoid temperature extremes. 20 minutes in direct sunlight
30 minutes in window
Very fragile. Wear next to skin. Do not rub. Store separately.
Aquamarine 2 – 3 times a week 5 minutes  
Bloodstone 2 – 3 times a week 20 minutes  
Blue Lace Agate Once a day 10 minutes Soak in bentonite clay and water every 2 weeks.
Blue Sapphire 2 – 3 times a week 20 minutes  
Blue Topaz 2 – 3 times a week. Start and end with cold water. 30 minutes Soak in bentonite clay and water every 2 weeks.
Carnelian Daily for the first two weeks of constant use. Then, at least 2 – 3 times a week. 20 minutes Store in closed container to counteract its tendency to pick up unwanted energies from the atmosphere.
Citrine 2 – 3 times a week.
End with cold water.
5 minutes Alternative: Place in snow.
Clear Topaz 2 – 3 times a day,
with mild, liquid soap.
20 minutes every 1- 3 days Alternative to sunbath: Swish in salt water, or bury in dry salt for 15 minutes. Rinse well afterward.
Dark Green Aventurine Daily for the first two weeks. Then, 2 – 3 times a week. 15 minutes Alternative: Place on grass in rain for 30 minutes minimum.
Emerald 2 – 3 times a week 20 minutes  
Green Tourmaline 2 – 3 times a week 20 minutes  
Indigo Avoid rinsing. Rinsing dulls polish. 5 minutes Wipe with a soft cloth 2 – 3 times a week.
Alternative: Place in moonlight.
Lapis Lazuli Avoid rinsing. Rinsing dulls polish. 20 minutes Wipe with a soft cloth 2 – 3 times a week.
Lavender 2 – 3 times a week 20 minutes  
Leopardskin Jasper 2 – 3 times a week None Wear next to the skin.
Light Green Aventurine Daily for the first two weeks.  Then, 2 – 3 times a week. 5 minutes Alternative: Place in rain for at least 15 minutes.
Malachite Avoid rinsing. Rinsing dulls polish. 20 minutes Wipe with a soft cloth 2 – 3 times a week.
Moonstone Daily None Soak in bentonite clay and water 2 times a week.
Mother of Pearl Avoid rinsing. Rinsing dulls polish. 15 minutes Wipe with a soft cloth.
Onyx 2 – 3 times a week 20 minutes  
Opalight 2 – 3 times a week 20 minutes  
Pink Sapphire Daily for the first two weeks. Then 2 – 3 times a week. 20 minutes First 2 weeks, soak in bentonite clay and water 2 times a day.
Pink Tourmaline 2 – 3 times a week 20 minutes  
Poppy Jasper 2 – 3 times a week 20 minutes  
Purple Rainbow Fluorite Avoid rinsing. Rinsing dulls polish. 10 minutes Wipe with a soft cloth.
Store separately to prevent scratching and breakage.
Quartz Daily for the first two weeks. Then, 2 – 3 times a week. 20 minutes Wash with mild natural soap.
Quartzite Avoid rinsing. 20 minutes Wipe with a soft cloth.
Rhodochrosite Avoid rinsing. Rinsing dulls polish. 1 hour Wipe with a soft cloth 2 – 3 times a week.
Store separately to prevent scratching and breakage.
Rhodonite 2 – 3 times a week 20 minutes  
Riverstone 2 – 3 times a week 20 minutes  
Roselle Daily for the first two weeks. Then, 2 – 3 times a week. 5 minutes  
Ruby 2 – 3 times a week 20 minutes  
Sodalight Avoid rinsing. Rinsing dulls polish. 5 minutes Wipe with a soft cloth 2 – 3 times a week.  Store separately.
Sugilite Once a day None  
White Beryl Once a day 45 minutes Rinse several times a day during the first few weeks of wear.
Yellow Sapphire Avoid rinsing. 30 Seconds Wipe with an alcohol-soaked pad, 2 – 3 times a week.  Store in circular configuration.

 


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