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.



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.

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