CRYSTAL MINERAL CONTENTS

Information shared on this page is to bring awareness about crystal minerals, what toxic properties are present within crystals and the insights about how to handle them.

"I've been asked many times about whether a certain stone is safe for making conventional gem elixirs, gem waters, massage oils, or other internal or absorbent uses.  While any stone can be potentially harmful for fumes, or dust, here is some information on stones that are known to be toxic in certain situations.

 

"While some of these minerals are micronutrients, such as copper which we need to survive, they can also be extremely toxic in larger amounts than required by the body.

 

Please be aware that this is a partial list, as I don't know all the possible toxicity information.  Some I learned from crystal experts, websites, or from books. Before using any stone or crystal for elixirs or waters, you should personally make sure that it's safe by consulting a mineralogist, healthcare specialist, or other professional.

 

Types of stones that are typically toxic to ingest are minerals/ metals containing copper, lead, arsenic, cadmium, aluminum, barium, mercury, zinc, or other poisonous / toxic substances.  These substances are often what give a stone its characteristic coloring or shape.  Great to look at, great to hold, but not great to put in the body.  Where I have information on it, I've noted the toxic material that is or may be in the stone.

 

Actinolite - asbestos

 

Adamite - zinc, copper 

 

Amazonite - copper

 

Amber - toxic dust, fumes, possible trapped bacteria or virii, possible ingestive toxicity

 

Angelite - lead, sulphur

 

Anthophyllite - asbestos

 

Aragonite - sometimes contains lead

 

Atacamite - copper

 

Atlantisite - contains Serpentine (see below)

 

Auricalcite - zinc and copper

 

Azurite - copper

 

Boji-stones/Kansas Pop Rocks - may contain sulphur

 

Bronchantite - copper

 

Celestite aka Celestine - aluminum

 

Cerrusite - sulphur, molybdenum 

 

Chalcantite (aka "blue shit") - copper

 

Chalcopyrite (Peacock Stone, Peacock Ore) - copper and sulphur

 

Charoite - barium, strontium 

 

Chrysacolla (Chrysocolla) - copper 

 

Chrysotile - asbestos

 

Cinnabar - mercury, VERY TOXIC

 

Cobaltocalcite (Pink Cobalt Calcite) - cobalt 

 

Conicalcite - copper

 

Copper - copper

 

Coral - organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in 

 

Chrysoprase - nickel

 

Crocidolite - asbestos

 

Cuprite - copper

 

Diopside - copper

 

Dioptase - copper

 

Eliat Stone - copper

 

Emerald - aluminum

 

Feldspar - aluminum 

 

Fluorite - source of dangerous gas hydrofluoride

 

Garnet - aluminum 

 

Gem Silica - copper

 

Galena/ Galenite - lead 

 

Garnierite (Genthite, Falcondoite) - nickel 

 

Hematite - iron

 

Hiddenite - aluminum

 

Howlite - boron, boron oxide, borate

 

Iolite - aluminum 

 

Jade (Jadeite) - aluminum, iron

 

Jade (Nephrite) - aluminum, iron, titanium

 

Kambaba Jasper - cyanobacteria and possible cyanotoxins

 

Kansas Pop Rocks - may contain sulphur 

 

Kunzite - aluminum

 

Kyanite - aluminum

 

Labradorite - aluminum 

 

Lapis Lazuli - may contain copper, sulphur

 

Leopard (Skin) Jasper - iron

 

Marcasite (Markasite) - sulphur 

 

Magnetite (Lodestone) - iron in large quantities

 

Malachite - copper

 

Merlinite - barite, iron

 

Meteorite - may contain many toxic substances 

 

Mohawkite - copper, arsenic

 

Moldavite - aluminum 

 

Molybdenum - molybdenum 

 

Moonstone - may contain aluminum or other toxic substances

 

Mother of Pearl - organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in 

 

Ocean Jasper - iron

 

Opal - toxic dust for inhalation at least

 

Paraiba Blue Quartz - aluminum in the tourmaline component

 

Pearl - organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in 

 

Psiomelane - barium 

 

Pyrite (Fool's Gold, Inca Gold) - sulphur

 

Quartz (all types) - toxic dust for inhalation

 

Realgar - sulfur, arsenic

 

Rhodocrosite (Rhodochrosite) - lead 

 

Rose Quartz - iron / titanium

 

Ruby - aluminum 

 

Sapphire - aluminum 

 

Sepentine (fibrous type) - asbestos

 

Sodalite - aluminum 

 

Spinel - may contain aluminum, zinc 

 

Stibnite - lead, antimony 

 

Smithsonite (Galmei, Zinc spar)- zinc, may contain copper 

 

Spinel - aluminum

 

Spodumene (incl Kunzite, Hiddenite) - aluminum

 

Strawberry Quartz (natural) - hematite/iron inclusions

 

Stromatolite - cyanobacteria and possible cyanotoxins

 

Sulphur - sulphur

 

Sunstone - Aluminum 

 

Tiger's Eye - asbestos

 

Topaz - aluminum

 

Tourmaline - aluminum

 

Tremolite - asbestos

 

Turquoise - copper 

 

Unakite - aliminum/iron

 

Uranium - radioactive mineral 

 

Vanadanite - lead 

 

Variscite - aluminum 

 

Wulfenite - lead, molybdenum

 

 

Pyrite is known for leaving flakes/ dust in hands or where it has been placed. Make sure to use gloves if you plan to work with it for long periods of itime and place a cloth underneath it so it will not leave particles behind.  I  also recommend avoiding and not making conventional gem elixirs, gem waters, massage oils, or other consumables with these stones. The guidelines below can help you and those you know stay safe.

 

Do not make conventional, direct gemstone elixirs, gem waters, massage oils of any stone containing metal (lead, copper, etc.) Use an indirect method instead.    

 

FYI: Polished stones are less likely to allow elixirs, etc. to leach any potentially hazardous materials. Rough stones are most likely.

 

In general, almost all blue and green stones, especially brightly colored ones, contain copper and/or arsenic and are potentially unsafe to use for conventional gem elixirs, etc.  Shiny, metallic stones should be avoided.  Don't handle stones containing arsenic, such as realgar, or mercury, such as cinnabar without protective gloves. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling them. These stones are extremely toxic.

 

"Do not eat, drink, or smoke while handling potentially toxic stones.  Keep all potentially harmful stones (including small, bite-sized stones that aren't necessarily toxic but can cause choking hazards!) out of reach of children for safety.

 

You may find contradictory information elsewhere as to the potential hazards of crystals. I recommend being cautious, though, and using indirect methods for making elixirs and other consumables unless you're absolutely certain of what you're doing. To be on the safe side, consider these stones, and any stones you don't know for sure about, to be toxic to eat, drink, or otherwise consume.

PLEASE NOTE :

 

SACRED STONE COLLECTIONS & FULLMOON PTAH, offers information that is provided for recreational and personal reference purposes only. As such, please note that SACRED STONE COLLECTIONS; SACRED CRYSTAL EGGS  meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information. 

 

This information was created and collected from various sources, including, but not limited to my own personal experiences.

© 2016 by Sacred Stone Collections

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