Crystals are fascinating and powerful objects and more and more people are becoming aware of their abilities.
They have incredibly strong healing abilities that can turn your life around for the better.
Of course, there are different crystals with different properties and each one is used for a specific purpose.
So, based on your needs and situations, you can get yourself the right crystal.
But before you begin using crystals, you should know how to take care of them. You need to know the dos and don’ts so that your crystals last a long time and keep giving you the benefits you seek.
One of these things that you need to take care of is sun exposure. Some crystals need to be exposed to sunlight from time to time so that they can be recharged.
And some crystals need to be kept away from the sun so that they don’t get damaged – but they can instead be charged under the moonlight.
Below, I take a look at what crystals can be in the sun and what crystals cannot go in the sun.
What Crystals Can Be In The Sun?
1) Lapis Lazuli
This is a deep-blue, opaque stone that can easily withstand the sun. Neither will its colour fade nor will it get brittle.
In fact, you can place it under the sunlight to recharge it from time to time. Just make sure that you don’t overdo it because it’s better to protect your stones from prolonged UV rays, as a general rule of thumb.
2) Black Obsidian
Darker coloured crystals are quite resilient against the sun. So, a black crystal like Black Obsidian can easily handle itself against the sun’s harsh rays.
In fact, it is often naturally found outdoors. So you don’t have to worry about exposing it to the sunlight at all.
3) Black Onyx
Again, due to the deep black colour of the Black Onyx stone, it is completely safe to put under the sun.
Even for an extended period. Its colour won’t fade over time.
Jade’s deep green colour makes it a popular choice amongst crystal enthusiasts. And people are generally concerned about whether it can withstand sunlight or not.
Well, the thing is, if your Jade crystal is 100% natural, it can be kept under the sun. Its colour won’t fade, and it won’t get brittle.
However, if your Jade has been treated with artificial dyes, then it can become faded. So, you may decide accordingly.
Labradorite is one of the darker coloured stones. It has a metallic look to it, consisting of shades of green, blue and yellow.
Due to the darkness of the colours, Labradorite can easily be in the sun, even for years at a time!
This beautiful stone is white in colour and has black veins running through it. Due to its white (or greyish) colour, it reflects back most of the sunlight that falls on it.
So, it is completely safe to keep it under the sun for charging.
This is a beautiful, translucent stone that can withstand sunlight. Due to its name, you might think that it can only be placed in the moonlight. But that’s not true.
A lot of people expose it to the sun to recharge its energies. Just make sure to protect it from the rain as that can damage this stone.
This orange coloured stone is available in translucent as well as opaque varieties.
No matter the type, this is a perfectly safe stone to place under the sun to recharge the crystal’s energy supply.
What Crystals Cannot Go In The Sun?
1) Quartz Family
As a general rule, the quartz family of crystals should be kept away from the sunlight.
No matter the colour, a quartz crystal can fade over time if exposed to the sun. Some quartz crystals can even become brittle and break.
Some examples of crystals from this family that need to be protected from sunlight are:
- Rose Quartz
- Clear Quartz
- Smoky Quartz
- Tiger’s Eye
Amethyst also belongs to the quartz family. But since it is extremely popular, I thought it would be better to mention it separately.
You might have heard that Amethyst can be charged using sunlight. While that is technically true, it can dramatically lose its colour if you do so.
This happens due to the interaction of UV rays with iron contained within the Amethyst crystal. So it’s best to find other ways to cleanse and charge your amethyst.
This is one of the most reactive crystals under sunlight. That’s because Fluorite is made of calcium fluoride which can quickly overheat and crack when exposed to the sun.
So to keep your fluorite in tip top condition, keep it out of the sunlight.
Aquamarine has a pleasant blue colour which can turn into white when exposed to sunlight for a longer duration (typically more than a couple of hours).
This happens because of the way sunlight reacts with its chemical constituents like beryllium, silica, aluminium and oxygen.
5) Yellow Topaz
Topaz is an interesting crystal. It doesn’t react heavily under the sunlight but will turn into maroon or brown (from its distinct yellow colour) if you leave it in the sunlight for more than 8 hours.
So, avoid doing so even though you might not see an immediate fading of colour.
Selenite is another interesting one. You can leave it in the sunlight for short durations to recharge its energies. However, exposure of more than 4 hours or so will leave it looking dull and faded.
Selenite is self-cleansing so doesn’t need anything special to remove negative energies, but it can benefit from charging – just charge your selenite in the moonlight instead though.
Opal is a stone that immediately stands out amidst others. It has a beautiful holographic colour that will instantly capture your attention.
It is this feature that will fade away if you expose it to sunlight. It will also lose its water content.
This light blue coloured crystal can turn into white if you leave it in the sunlight for too long.
This happens because the UV rays in sunlight have a bleaching effect on this crystal.
Charging your crystals under the sun can be highly beneficial, but only if they are able to withstand its UV rays. I hope this post have helped you understand which crystals can be in the sun, while providing a handy list of the crystals that can’t be in the sun.
Remember that charging your crystals in the sunlight isn’t the only option either – the moonlight provides a beautiful, and more gentle, alternative.