Can Crystals Come Into Contact With Alcohol?

Crystals and gemstones have long been used for spiritual practices, healing, and decoration. Many people enjoy collecting crystals and incorporating them into their lives through jewelry, home decor, altars, meditation, and more. This raises the question – is it safe for crystals to come into contact with alcohol? Here is an overview of the considerations around crystals and alcohol.

In general, most crystals are safe to come into contact with alcohol in small or limited amounts. For example, getting perfume or hand sanitizer that contains alcohol on a crystal pendant or ring will usually not damage the crystal. Having a glass of wine near your crystal collection on a shelf will also typically not cause any issues.

However, you do need to be careful about prolonged or repeated exposure. Alcohol can potentially dull the energetic properties of crystals over time. The alcohol molecules can form a coating on the surface of the stone, blocking the vibration. This is especially a concern for porous stones like opal, turquoise, malachite, selenite, and salt crystals. The alcohol can seep deeper into the pores and cause deterioration.

Alcohol can also strip off any protective coatings or treatments on a crystal. Many stones are treated or coated to enhance their durability and color. For example, mystic quartz is coated with indium, titanium, or niobium. Emeralds are often treated with oils or resin to fill fractures. These treatments can be gradually removed by alcohol, damaging the appearance of the stone.

Immersing crystals in alcohol for a long period of time creates the most risk. Even brief total immersion in alcohol can strip stones of their energetic qualities. Additionally, ammonia is sometimes used in window and jewelry cleaner formulas – this compound can permanently fade, dissolve, or otherwise damage many crystals. Select a mild soap and water instead.

Some stones, like quartz, diamond, sapphire, and ruby, are less prone to any alcohol damage due to their dense molecular structure. But they could still potentially dull over time. Citrine, amethyst, smoky quartz and other quartz varieties are also fairly resistant. However, erring on the side of caution is best for most crystals, including these hardier stones.

Overall, it’s recommended to avoid prolonged contact between crystals and alcohol when possible. If exposure does occur, gently cleanse the stones to remove any residue and revive the vibration. Use your preferred cleansing method – sunlight, moonlight, smoke, sound, reiki, etc. This will help restore the stone’s energetic qualities so you can continue benefiting from its healing properties. With some care and cleansing, crystals and alcohol can safely coexist.