Which Crystals Are Not OK In The Sun

crystals in the sun

Whether you want to place crystals around your yard for aesthetics and decor or you want to cleanse them before using them metaphysically or spiritually, it’s crucial to understand which crystals can handle prolonged exposure to any element.

Some crystals can’t be exposed to sunlight or water because of their chemistry and structure, while others fare just fine.


List of Crystals That Shouldn’t Be Left In The Sun

Before putting any of your crystals in the sun or any other element, consider doing a bit of research on each one to keep them effective and safe.

  1. Ametrine – Ametrine is composed of Amethyst and Citrine; it may be safe to say it’s a hybrid. Both of the stones that make Ametrine are sensitive to sunlight. While the color of this crystal won’t fade immediately, with frequent and prolonged exposure, it will become duller in time.
  2. Amethyst – Amethyst is extremely popular because of its incredible color and healing properties. These stones are made of oxygen, silicon, and traces of iron, which is the cause of the beautiful purple hue. When exposed to prolonged and frequent UV light, the color fades into something much duller.
  3. Quartz Crystals – Citrine, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, and any other crystals containing quarts are at risk of fading when they’re left in the sun for too long, too often. Quartz crystals left in direct sunlight for more than a few hours can begin fading.
  4. Aquamarine – Aquamarine comes in such a beautiful array of blue tones and hues. When they’re left in the sun for too many hours, the beautiful blues fade to white!
  5. Fluorite – Fluorite contains Calcium Fluoride, which is why it’s impacted by exposure to the sun. If your Fluorite will be in the sun, it’s vital that it’s only in the light for 15 minutes or less. These crystals heat up quickly, causing structural issues, and the beautiful color fades.
  6. Apatite – Apatite comes in such an incredible variety of deep, bright tones. It wouldn’t take long for those beauties to fade.
  7. Calcite – Calcite comes in yellow, pink, green, and orange tones. Not only will the stone’s colors fade, but they can also become brittle. Brittle stones are prone to breaking easily.
  8. Hiddenite – This rare green mineral is highly sought after. To have such a rare gem fade because it was left in the sun would be upsetting.
  9. Unakite – The green and pink colors of these healing crystals are vibrant and impressive. Extended exposure to the sun will dull their colors.


Why Some Crystals Shouldn’t Be In The Sun

Some crystals shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight for a few reasons.

  • They’ll Fade: One of the main consequences of leaving transparent and semi-transparent crystals in the sun is that their color can fade. Crystals in the Quartz family can’t be in the sun regardless of the type; any color present will fade, leaving a clear quartz.
  • They Could Crack: Many transparent crystals exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods can become dry and brittle. Over time, the crystals can crack or break.
  • Losing Water Content: Opal is an excellent example of a crystal that shouldn’t be in the sun. Opals contain water molecules that are stored in water to remain hydrated. When this stone is left in the sun or dried out too quickly, it will get brittle, frail, and break.
  • They Can Lose Their Cooling Properties: Rose Quartz, Aquamarine, and Aventurine are considered to be cooling stones. These (cooling) stones hold healing properties that balance excessive heat in our body from emotional or physical standpoints. When cold crystals or cooling stones are exposed to the sun for too long, their healing properties lose some power. Make sure to add those crystals to your “keep out of the sun” list.


Now You Know Which Crystals are Not Safe in the Sun

This small list is but a mere fraction of crystals that shouldn’t be in the sun. While the sun can fade our crystal’s color and make some of them brittle, the effects do not directly impact the healing properties, UNLESS they’re cooling stones.

Remember, it won’t hurt your crystals to be in the sunlight for a brief amount of time. However, different crystals can handle more sunlight than others. When it comes to your precious stones, it’s better to be safe than sorry. A few minutes left in the sun once in a while won’t be any risk to your stones, so don’t panic about that. If you have to transport your crystals, you can shield them by carrying them in a box or dark-colored bag.

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