Ever have that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when you discover you’ve accidentally “ruined” one of your favorite stones?
Maybe you tried cleansing your Selenite in water only to see it has lost its definition and brightness.
Or maybe you placed your favorite deep, dark Uruguayan Amethyst crystal on the windowsill and later discovered that it had faded.
Remember to use caution when placing your stones in the sunlight; some crystals will fade over time. Colorful, transparent or translucent stones like Amethyst, Fluorite, Rose Quartz, Celestite, Smoky Quartz, and more will begin to lose their color if kept in the sunlight for too long.
So why exactly does this happen? Well, photons found in UV rays (the kind of light emitted from the sun) fade your colorful crystals over time.
So are crystals really “ruined” when if they get washed out and faded by the sun?
The answer is…that depends. And it depends on YOU.
The energy of the stone certainly won’t be affected and a faded crystal will work just the same as one of intense color.
However, if your goal of working with the crystal is to use it for its color energy, like in chromotherapy, then you may prefer a strong saturation of color. Additionally, if it bothers you that the crystal just doesn’t look the same, then you’ll definitely want to keep it out of UV light. Ultimately, if you’re not feeling good about the crystal’s appearance (i.e. you’re bummed out that your deep, dark Amethyst is now pale lavender), then that may influence the way the stone is able to work with you energetically.
It’s also important to note that color saturation is often directly linked to the value of a stone, with the brighter, bolder colors usually fetching higher prices. So if you’ve paid for a higher quality, brightly colored crystal and it fades, the monetary value of the stone will most likely decrease along with the reduced intensity in color.
So, if you’re worried about your stones fading, placing them in the sun is not a good idea. As an alternative, moonlight is a bit more gentle (after all, it’s just reflected sunlight). It won’t fade your crystals as long as you remember to retrieve them before the sun comes out for the day.