I love the look of my crystals on the dining room table. It brings me joy to look at them as I pass through the dining room to the kitchen every day. I also enjoy having them easily accessible to me when I do a Reiki session or feel the need to do a quick alignment of my chakras.
The clear quartz and smoky quartz I dug up during my trip to Montana in the fall fill some of the bowls, and I smile when I look at the large bowl of ice cream opal, remembering my Idaho trip.
Every morning, for about three hours, the sun blankets my dining room table. I have a variety of my best-loved crystals sitting there soaking up the sun's delightful charging energy. However, I have recently questioned whether these crystals are safe in the sun or not, and it got me thinking. I'd hate to have them fade or change color, or even worse . . . get dry and brittle, and crack! So I decided to do some research to find out if I was caring for my crystals in the most beneficial way.
In this post, I'll be going over what I've discovered, just in case anyone else was wondering the same thing!
Crystals That are Not Okay in the Sun
Here are some of the stones that should be kept for only a short time in the sun with partial shade, if at all, for a quick five-minute charge. Or better yet, charge them under the full moon, even if it’s cloudy.
Amegreen - The color will fade when in sun too long. Made up of amethyst and prasiolite (green amethyst)
Amethyst - A member of the quartz family. Color will fade in the sun since the color comes from the iron in it.
Ametrine - The color will fade when in sun too long. Made up of amethyst and citrine.
Apatite - The color will fade in the sun.
Apophyllite - Can become brittle in the sun and color can fade.
Aquamarine - Direct sunlight will fade the blue to white if kept too long.
Auralite 23 - Primarily composed of amethyst, so it can fade.
Aventurine - A member of the quartz family and can fade in color.
Beryl - Can fade and get brittle in the sun.
Calcite - Can fade and get brittle in the sun.
Celestite - The blue will turn to white in the sun and get brittle and possibly break.
Chrysoprase - A member of the quartz family, it’s a green chalcedony, and it can fade or get brittle and crack.
Citrine - Since it’s a form of quartz, it will fade to a clear color within 4 hours in the sun
Clear Quartz - Can only withstand about 2 hours in the sun. Can get brittle and crack or break.
Fluorite - No more than 15 minutes in the sun. Gets very hot.
Hiddenite - The color will fade.
Kunzite - Will fade to white if kept in the sun too long.
Opal - Will lose its color in the sun. But okay in water.
Prasiolite - This is a green amethyst, and the color will fade.
Rose Quartz - Will fade in color in the sun.
Sapphire - Will lose whatever color sapphire it is.
Spirit Quartz - Will fade in color and clusters could ignite if in the sun too long.
Smoky Quartz - Loses its color to become grey or brown
Super Seven - Will fade in color.
Topaz - The color will fade when kept in sun for more than 8 hours. A yellow topaz will turn brown and a deeper color topaz will turn maroon.
Turquoise - Color can fade in the sun and be careful with time in water.
Unakite - Colors can fade in the sun.
Crystals That are Okay in the Sun
There are crystals that won't fade in the sun when charging for a few hours, but be mindful of crystals with faceted points in clusters because they can heat up and ignite a fire. And some crystals when left too long will get brittle and crack or break.
It is best to have partial shade when leaving your crystals in the sun. Below are some of the crystals that are safe in the sun for a few hours of charging and won’t fade.
Black Obsidian - The color won’t fade because of its dark color and it’s actually a glassy volcanic rock.
Black Onyx - The color is dark and won’t fade.
Carnelian - The orange stones are generally okay in the sun.
Howlite - No pigment color to fade.
Moonstone - Usually charged under the moon, but when charged in the sun it can be balanced with masculine-feminine energy.
Sunstone - Orange stones are generally okay in the sun.
The Good News
Even if a crystal fades in the sun, this doesn’t diminish its properties or energy. If a crystal breaks, it still retains its metaphysical properties and vibration. You now have two pieces and they can be recharged to their same energy level! Or you can gift one of the pieces to someone else.
If a crystal cracks and breaks for what seems to be no reason, it may be because of a shift in the stone's energy. This may mean your energy and the stone's energy are not compatible and it's time for one or both of the pieces to move on to a new owner. Or you may feel the need to keep the pieces separate in a room and let their energy connect in the space between. You may also want to ask guidance and see what they tell you to do. If you need to part ways with the crystal, you can thank it for all the blessings you've received from it and let it go wherever it wants to go.
What I thought was a sun problem for my crystals on the dining room table is not much of a problem after all. There is a double-pane window between the sun and the crystals. The UV rays don't penetrate through the glass as strongly as it does directly. So, I'm keeping my little lovelies sitting on the table, bringing me joy, and grabbing a selenite stick for a quick chakra cleanse as I pass by. No need to worry . . .