Can Selenite Be in the Sun? My Honest, Tested Answer

Last Updated on December 29, 2023

If you recently picked up a piece of selenite for your collection—as most of us do at some point in our gem, crystal, stone, and mineral collecting journey—you might be wondering about the best way to cleanse selenite.

More specifically, you might be curious if selenite can be placed in sunlight as a method of cleansing, like some of the other pieces in your collection.

Yes, selenite can be placed in the sunlight. There are just a few precautions that you should take if using sunlight as a method to cleanse your selenite.

If you’re curious about the necessary precautions when it comes to putting selenite in the sun—as well as some of the alternative methods you can use to cleanse and charge selenite—then continue reading.


Can Selenite Be in the Sun?

Yes, selenite can be in the sun.

There is a catch, though: As with most crystals, gems, stones, and minerals, you should closely monitor the amount of time that your selenite spends in the sun. If selenite spends too much time in the sun, there is a chance that its white color may start to fade or the polish or oil on its exterior disappear.

Polish and oil act as a sort of protective coating on selenite. So, when that protective coating dissipates, then the surface of your selenite is more vulnerable to damage from the sun.

The absolute maximum amount of time you should allow your selenite to sit in sunlight is four hours. An hour or two is typically plenty to cleanse and recharge selenite since it is often said to have self-cleansing capabilities.

What Time of Day is Best for Selenite to Be in the Sun?

An additional way to ensure your selenite is not overexposed to sunlight is to select certain times of day to place it in the sun.

The best times of day for selenite to be in the sun are sunrise and sunset. These are ideal times for recharging selenite with sunlight because the amount of direct sunlight at these times is limited. Direct sunlight has more potential to harm selenite than indirect sunlight.

To further protect your selenite, you can also avoid placing it outdoors in direct sunlight and instead opt to place it on a windowsill that is guarded from the sun or in a room that has plenty of natural light.

Are There Other Methods for Cleansing Selenite?

Aside from putting selenite in sunlight, there are some alternative methods you can use to recharge and cleanse it.

First-off, you might be wondering why it is important to recharge selenite, anyway. Well—when properly charged—selenite is known for sharing its high frequency vibrations and creating calmness and serenity, brightening the spirit, and clearing any stuck or blocked energy.

So—rather than using sunlight to cleanse selenite in order to benefit from its energetic properties—you can cleanse and recharge selenite by letting it rest in the moonlight, setting it on top of a salt bed, burying it beneath the earth for a brief period of time, or—again—allowing it to self-cleanse.

However, there are a couple cleansing methods that you should avoid when it comes to selenite: Plain water and saltwater.

Can Selenite Go in Water?

Selenite cannot go in water due to the fact that—in comparison to other stones, crystals, gems, and minerals like diamond and amethyst—it is quite soft and actually dissolves in water.

You may be able to get away with occasionally rinsing selenite in water, but it is wise to avoid water baths at all costs.

Can Selenite Go in Salt?

It is perfectly safe to put your selenite on a bed of salt as long as you make sure to brush off the excess salt afterward. Saltwater—on the other hand—is even more harmful to selenite than plain water as it could sink into cracks and gaps on its surface and eventually cause it to break apart.

In fact, it is not recommended that you put any of your stones, crystals, gems, or minerals in saltwater as it just tends to shorten the amount of time it takes for them to deteriorate, crack, fall apart, dull, and fade.

Although saltwater is often seen as a powerful cleansing method, it is best to stick with one—or a combination—of any of the alternative cleansing methods offered throughout this article.

Eran Hayo is the Chief Editor of Jewels Advisor, with over 5 years of experience in the fields of jewelry and memorabilia. He built Jewels Advisor to serve one main purpose – to teach you everything he knows about jewelry, and help you make better-informed decisions when buying diamonds and engagement rings online. His work has been cited on famous publications such as The Sun, MSN and WikiHow.