Can Lapis Lazuli get wet? what you absolutely need to know

Lapis Lazuli is a vivid blue crystal with gold sparkles, this blue stone requires extra care and delicacy especially when cleaning it.

Water is a versatile cleansing method that washes your crystal from any dirt and at the same time purifies your stone from the absorbed negative energy.

So, getting your Lapis Lazuli wet unintentionally or on purpose (to clean it) may urge you to wonder if whether or not your crystal can get damaged by water. 

So, my answer to your question is yes.

Lapis Lazuli can get wet. Nevertheless, you should be extra precautious while cleansing your Lapis Lazuli stone with water. You should avoid using hot water, or immersing your crystal for long hours in water while cleaning it. 

Plus, be extra mindful of the kind of liquids that are near to Lapis Lazuli, always put your stone away from substances that contain chemical or acidic elements.

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Lapis Lazuli can get wet if you attend certain conditions

1.Monitor the water immersion period (use this method if you absolutely need it, trying other alternatives is optimal)

This a general cleaning rule for all crystals out there.

Generally, letting your crystals immersed in water for long hours can be quite harmful.

We should consider the fact that immersing crystals for long periods doesn’t mean necessary that you will eliminate all the attached negative energies and your crystal will be spotless.

A short, concise, and controlled water cleaning period is equally effective and way less damaging. 

In our case, prolonged water contact may dissolve certain composing elements in Lapis Lazuli such as calcite, and consequently, your stone will be looking damaged and stripped away from its unique golden shine. 

Plus, immersing Lapis Lazuli in water for an extended period in water may activate some chemical reactions that we don’t have to get near to it.

Let’s explain further more this critical point.

Lapis Lazuli contains pyrite and when this mineral component is near to the water, it could release the sulfur element which can be quite toxic if it is in contact with the skin.

But if you see that your Lapis Lazuli is absolutely in need to be cleansed with water, you should wear gloves before immersing it and when you are about to remove it from water, to make sure that you are not in contact with sulfur that may get released into the water.

After that use a soft cloth to pat your crystal dry and make sure that your Lapis Lazuli stone is completely water-free.

Another quick tip is to avoid using a rough cloth or toothbrush as they can scratch the surface of the stone, it is best to use a microfiber cloth to gently rub your Lapis Lazuli stone from any water residue.

2.Do not use hot water

Hot water can be quite abrasive.

Getting your Lapis Lazuli stone wet with hot water is the one thing to avoid at all costs.

Hot water may alter the natural blue tint of your stone, in other words, it could make the colors of the stone dull, and less intense, which will eventually steal away from Lapis Lazuli its signature royal blue hue.

So, to cleanse your lapis lazuli via water, using lukewarm or room temperature water which are one of the most vital practices to keep your stone safe from any potential damage and to maintain the beautiful vivid blue color of your crystal alive. 

3.Avoid chemical cleaning liquids

You should always be aware of the toxicity and the damage of chemical cleansing liquids and the irreversible damage they can cause to your stones especially jewelry.

Getting your Lapis Lazuli in contact with liquids or cleaners that contain chemicals and acidic substances is pretty abrasive.

So for example, if you are about to use these types of cleaners to clean your home, it is best to remove any lapis lazuli bracelet, necklace, or earrings, so you can avoid getting them wet or in contact with these substances. 

Plus, using cleansing liquids that contain lemon juice, bleach, vinegar, or baking soda to cleanse your crystal is a big NO. 

All of these elements can cause serious irreversible damage to your stone or jewelry that are made of lapis lazuli which can, unfortunately, be unfixable. 

Coming in contact with these types of chemicals will ultimately alter and degrade the upper protective layer of Lapis Lazuli which makes the stone fully exposed and more vulnerable to damage.

You can get your Lapis Lazuli wet, but not with these kinds of liquids.

You can use for instance warm water (for a short duration) with a pure natural soap bar that doesn’t contain any chemicals or unnatural ingredients so you can safely cleanse Lapis Lazuli.

4.Using Sage as a cleansing alternative

As I mentioned previously, using water to clean and purify your Lapis Lazuli stone should be the last option to opt for.

You should use water in case that your stone is super dusty or it has dirty marks that can not be removed by wiping it with a dry cloth.

And please keep in mind to wear gloves when cleaning Lapis Lazuli with water so you can not be in contact with the toxic elements that could be released when it is immersed in the water.

Using sage is my personal favorite way to cleanse Lapis Lazuli and that is because it is risk-free and greatly effective.

First thing to do is to open your windows to let go of the smoke that it will be generated by sage.

Then put your stone in front of you, ignite your sage stick, then let the smoke emitted encircle the stone for a few minutes.

This method is equally effective in cleansing Lapis Lazuli, it works on clarifying the energy field of the stone from all the attached negative energy and help you reload all the amazing healing powers of this beautiful blue stone.

Can you shower with Lapis Lazuli?

It is best to not wear Lapis Lazuli during your shower time, to avoid any potential release of toxic chemical (sulfur) that could hurt your skin which can occur when this stone is in contact with water. So, as a protecting measure, avoid wearing a Lapis Lazuli bracelet, or beaded Lapis Lazuli jewelry in the shower.    

Is Lapis Lazuli toxic in water?

Yes, when immersing Lapis Lazuli in water, the stone releases certain elements that are considered toxic, such as sulfur which the main element that composes pyrite. (we notice pyrite in the surface of the stone in the form of golden sparkles)

So, it is primordial to empty the water immediately after cleaning the crystal and wash thoroughly the container to remove totally any residue of sulfur. 

Side note: It is best to dedicate a special water bowl that is specifically assigned to crystal cleansing, to avoid mixing it with the other bowls that you may use for other purposes.

What happens if Lapis Lazuli gets wet?

When Lapis Lazuli gets wet, a chemical reaction will occur. The stone will release the sulfur element which considered a toxic element. Plus the calcite element in this stone will also dissolve in the water, which can develop little holes and crevices on the stone’s surface and damages its polished aspect.

Can you wear Lapis Lazuli in water?

It is best to not wear Lapis Lazuli in water, for example, in the swimming pool, shower, or doing daily house chores like washing the dishes, and this is to avoid any potential toxic reaction (release of sulfur) that could hurt your skin and to also protect the stone from getting damages (regular water contact may end up making little holes on its surface).

Can you wash Lapis Lazuli?

It is best to not wash Lapis Lazuli as it does not react well with water and that is because this stone emits sulfur when it is in contact with water which considered a toxic element. If you want to clean your stone you can use a dry or a slight damp cloth and wipe its surface, plus make sure to dry it completely afterwards.

Can Lapis Lazuli go in Himalayan salt?

Yes, you can place your Lapis Lazuli in a bed of Himalayan salt as it can a good purifying agent that can cleanse your stone from negative vibrations and revive its healing powers once again, just make sure to clean you stone afterwards with a soft dry cloth to remove any salt residue from its surface.


I always feel mesmerized by the beautiful and vivid blue color of my lapis lazuli stones.

You can get Lapis Lazuli wet and at the same time maintain the colors of my stones and keep them in the best condition ever if you follow these simple and effective tips.

You can get your lapis lazuli stone wet, just make sure to not soak it in water for long periods of time and to use this cleaning method if you absolutely need it (do not use get your stone in contact with water frequently), also avoid using hot water, it is best to use lukewarm water, or room temperature water to clean your crystal.

Plus, avoid getting your Lapis Lazuli stone wet with chemical or acidic substances as they can be quite abrasive and may cause irreversible damage to your stone. 

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