Last Updated on January 9, 2022
Perhaps one of the most visually appealing stones, gems, crystals, or minerals in your collection, aventurine is also one of the most debated upon when it comes to whether or not it can go in water.
Aventurine is a type of quartz that is typically green but can also be found in gray, blue, orange, and yellow varieties. You might be wondering why aventurine can be found in such an array of colors. Well, it’s all in the composition.
And it’s the composition of aventurine that sparks the debate of whether or not it can go in water. Although aventurine can technically go in water, it is highly recommended that you do not put it in water, especially for extended periods of time or in your drinking water.
This article dives into the details of aventurine’s unique composition, why it should not be placed in water, and how you might still reap the benefits of its energetic qualities without necessarily using water as a method of recharging the quartz.
Can Aventurine be put in Water?
All crystals, stones, gems, and minerals can technically go in water, but some are more water soluble than others.
An easy method to check for water solubility is the Mohs Hardness Scale, which is a scale of minerals listed from softest to hardest. Aventurine sits somewhere between a 6 and 7 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. So, because aventurine is higher than a 5, it should actually be able to go in water quite easily.
This is a prime example of why it is necessary to research each of your crystals, gems, stones, or minerals prior to putting them in water, though. Due to the fact that aventurine often contains flecks or deposits of other minerals or materials—this is where its color comes from—it is not necessarily as hard as the Mohs Hardness Scale makes it out to seem.
The flecks or deposits of other materials in your aventurine may not do well in water.
Why shouldn’t Aventurine be put in Water?
It is highly recommended that aventurine not go in water at all—especially saltwater and for long periods of time—because the flecks or deposits of other minerals or materials might cause it to dissolve, break or crack, change color, or have other chemical reactions.
It may Contain Water Soluble Materials
Your aventurine may very well contain materials or minerals that are not water soluble, so placing it in a water bath could cause those materials or minerals to dissolve. This might eventually lead to your aventurine completely falling apart in water over time.
It may Crack
It is also likely that—like most crystals, gems, stones, and minerals—your aventurine already contains tiny cracks that are not visible to the naked eye.
If you repeatedly put your aventurine in water—saltwater in particular—then the tiny cracks might deepen and eventually crack it apart. It’s very easy for salt molecules to build up in cracks and widen them, as well.
It may Change Color or React
If you purchased you aventurine, there’s a very good chance that it is coated with polish or finish. Placing your aventurine in water could ultimately eliminate the finish or polish and leave your aventurine looking dull or even a different color.
Additionally, if your aventurine contains flecks of iron, placing it in water could cause the iron to rust, which changes the color of the aventurine and detracts from its visually stunning appearance.
How do You Gain the Energetic Benefits of Aventurine?
Although aventurine is somewhat of a difficult species of quartz to care for, it is well worth the energetic benefits.
In its natural form, aventurine is typically found in India, Brazil, Chile, and the breathtaking Amazon jungles, and its energetic properties are no less impressive than where it originates.
Aventurine plays multiple roles in the energetic world: It is both a harmonizing and comforting source of energy, and a source of good fortune and success. If you’re looking for a good luck charm, a necklace or bracelet containing aventurine is a great option!
Since it is recommended that aventurine not go in water, there are a few alternate methods you could use to recharge your aventurine including moonlight, sunlight, or setting your aventurine in close proximity to other stones, crystals, gems, and minerals. If you have the classic green aventurine, you might also try placing it close to some greenery for an extra energy boost.