I get pretty excited about crystals, and no wonder. They are beautiful, have great energy, and they're just a little bit addictive. However, as much as I talk about crystals and recommend various gems and minerals, I think it's really important to discuss safety, as well.
While I don't want you to panic and think your crystals are going to kill you, it's important you use good safety practices when working with, storing, and handling your rocks. That's because crystals can and do contain toxic substances like lead, antimony, strontium, copper, aluminum, arsenic, and others.
It's one of the reasons you seldom see me talk about crystal elixirs - because I am concerned without the proper safety measures in place, someone is going to pop a toxic crystal into a glass of water and drink it. I'm actually covering the topic of making and using safe crystal elixirs in my upcoming book and crystals class in Portland (Feb. 25, 2018), and I may make a video for this blog at some point, as well. However, in the meantime, if you do make crystal elixirs, PLEASE look up the safety information for the crystal you are planning on using before you do so.
Some other common sense safety tips for using crystals:
So, in summary...don't be afraid of your crystals unless the super sharp or heavy ones are in the hands of a violent killer who is coming after you and using them as a weapon. However, do use caution when working with them because they may contain toxic substances. Wash your hands, don't eat or drink them, and be smart. If you have questions about a specific crystal, please feel free to contact me (my FB Author Karen Frazier page is your best bet), as well.
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12/16/2020 09:32:42 am
Hi, I acquired a nice piece of yellow high lustre vanadinite and want to facet it. Can I do this wet with water to create a baguette gemstone without causing a toxic atmosphere. Do I need gloves? Kind regards Max
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