Last Updated on December 18, 2021
The question of whether or not certain crystals, gems, stones, or minerals—this article discusses rose quartz in particular—can go in salt or saltwater is a hot topic for most collectors since it affects how we choose to cleanse the pieces in our collections.
So—let’s get right to the question—can you put your rose quartz in salt or saltwater?
Yes, rose quartz can go in salt or saltwater. Yet there are some guidelines you’ll want to follow if and when you do decide to put your rose quartz in salt or saltwater.
If you’re interested in learning about the specifics of putting rose quartz in salt and saltwater—as well as some additional information regarding alternative methods for cleansing your rose quartz—then continue reading!
Can Rose Quartz Go in Salt?
Yes, Rose quartz can go in salt.
Perhaps it is more accurate to say that rose quartz can go on top of salt, actually. A very easy way to recharge rose quartz—or any crystal, gem, stone, or mineral for that matter—is to create a small bed of salt and place it on top of the salt. If you choose this cleansing method, ensure you brush off any salt afterward so it does not get stuck in cracks and crevices on the rose quartz.
Rose quartz can also go in a saltwater solution, though it is not recommended for extended periods of time.
It is worth noting that when you put rose quartz in saltwater, you are running the risk of stripping away the polish or oil on its exterior, as well as widening any cracks and crevices on its surface since salt molecules can easily get stuck within them. Saltwater could eventually lead to your rose quartz fading in color, losing its shine, or—worst case scenario—falling apart.
It takes a long time for saltwater to deteriorate rose quartz since it is quite a hard stone sitting between a 6 and 7 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, but it could deteriorate, nonetheless.
Can Rose Quartz Go in Water?
Since it is not preferred that rose quartz go in saltwater, you may be wondering: Is it safe to put rose quartz in water, in general?
Since rose quartz is quite hard, it is typically safe to put it in water, though you do still run the risk of slowly deteriorating it as with saltwater. The deterioration just happens much slower with plain filtered or tap water than with saltwater.
To protect your rose quartz when cleansing with water, it is best to use lukewarm water or fresh spring water only, and avoid leaving it in water baths for extended periods of time. This being said, if you allow your rose quartz to sit in a lukewarm water bath for two or three minutes on a weekly basis, little—if any—immediate harm should occur.
How to Cleanse Rose Quartz
If you want to avoid salt, saltwater, and plain water altogether, there are other easy methods you can use to cleanse and recharge rose quartz.
Some of the more popular methods include smudging or allowing rose quartz to absorb moonlight by placing it in a windowsill. Rose quartz is often associated with feminine energy, so it becomes extra powerful when refueled by a full moon since it, too, is a source of feminine energy.
You can also cleanse rose quartz with meditation and breathwork.
What is Rose Quartz Used for?
With all this cleansing going on, you’re probably wondering why it is even necessary to cleanse your rose quartz in the first place. Unless you’re just using rose quartz for purely aesthetic purposes—which is totally fine, as well—it’s necessary to cleanse and recharge it so you can benefit from its energetic properties.
And rose quartz has some wonderful energetic properties!
Rose quartz is very often referred to as the “heart stone.” It is known for providing its users with innate feelings of love and compassion, which are not only expressed toward other people—family members, spouses, children—but also toward the self.
Because of its close connection with matters of the heart, it is common to wear jewelry—primarily necklaces—with rose quartz pendants. So, if you know a person who might need a little extra love in their life—maybe even yourself—a rose quartz necklace might be the perfect fit for them.