Can You Shower With Crystals? 4 Things You Need To Know

When we are used to our crystals jewelry and wear them basically every day, especially crystal necklaces, and bracelets, as a result, we may not think of removing them before showering.

Yet, we should keep in mind that not all crystals are suitable to wear in the shower. Certain types of crystals can be easily damaged if they are regularly in contact with water.

You can shower with water-friendly crystals such as Rose Quartz, Aventurine, Citrine, and Amethyst. However, you should be aware of certain crystals such as Amber, Turquoise, and Calcite that are negatively impacted by water, so you shouldn’t wear them while showering.

Can’t decide which crystal you can/can’t wear in the shower? Don’t worry, I will give you clear indications to help you be sure of the exact kind of crystals that you can shower with and those that should be away from water.

Can you shower with crystals?

Crystals are natural elements, sourced from Earth, so they interact with all the natural components on our planet and particularly in today’s case the water component.

Deciding whether or not to shower with crystals depends solely on the composition of the crystal.

Meaning that there are certain mineral elements that are compatible and others incompatible once in direct contact with water.

The crystals that you can shower with are those that are not affected by water and can be in contact with this element for long periods without showing any signs of damage like a color change or rusting.

You can identify crystals that are water-friendly by knowing their hardness score.

Generally speaking, crystals that have 5 or more on the Mohs scale of hardness are shower safe, for instance, Agate, Amethyst, Tiger eye, Citrine, and Clear Quartz.

Side note:

If you shower with water-friendly crystal bracelets on the daily basis, make sure to completely dry your bracelet afterward, as regular water contact can weaken the elastic in the bracelet.

However, this rule is not general and is not always on point.

This means that some crystals have a hardness of up to 6, however, can not be in the water, and that’s because the core component of these types of crystals is not water-friendly.

For instance, you should not wear a Pyrite bracelet or necklace (even though it has 6-6.5 hardness) to the shower because it can end up rusting and losing its golden color.

Crystals that you can not wear in the shower

There are some types of crystals that you should not wear while showering, so you can be sure that you are protecting your crystal jewelry against color fading, rust, and physical damage like cracks or fissures.

The crystals that you can not wear in the shower are the ones that have 5 or below on the Mohs hardness scale, have iron ore in their mineral composition, and generally those whose names end with an “ite”.

crystals to not shower with
Examples of different types of crystals to not wear in the shower.

This particular set of crystals that have these exact characteristics should be away from water and any wet environments.

Exposing them to the continual shower stream could potentially damage their appearance by making them dull and weakened like Selenite.

Moreover, soft crystals like Calcite can end up breaking into pieces if it is regularly exposed to water.

Plus they also can show signs of rust and oxidation, specifically those that have iron ore in their composition, such as Hematite.

What if you were wearing crystals that can not be in the shower?

The first thing is to not panic!

If you were wearing crystal bracelets or necklaces, then there is a high chance that the crystal itself is covered with a protective layer.

What you need to do is to remove it and then take a deeper look at its current state.

I was wearing this coral bracelet in the shower, then I noticed that the red color became faded plus I detected some tiny visible fissures on its surface, so I stopped wearing it in the shower immediately

If you notice that it lost its shine and there are small imperfections on its surface, plus the outer layer is intact, then you can keep wearing it, just pay attention to not keep exposing it to the water, to not damage your crystal furthermore.

Yet, if you detect any big fissures, or visual cracks, or the crystal is losing small parts, especially if it is Selenite or Calcite or any kind of soft and fragile crystal, then it is best to stop wearing it.

When the crystal loses its smooth protective layer, it may become harsh to touch which may hurt your skin, and we absolutely don’t want that.

A detailed table of crystals that can and can not be in the shower

Crystal bracelet/necklaceCan you shower with it?
Rose QuartzYes. Rose Quartz is not affected by water.
ObsidianNo. Especially hot water (it can make it easily breakable).
Tiger EyeYes.
CoralNo. Regular water contact makes its red color look faded.
Clear QuartzYes.
HematiteNo. Hematite is composed of iron.
PearlsNo. Pearl is considered a soft stone that is easily damaged by water.

4 Things you need to know before showering with crystals

These are the 4 main things you absolutely need to be aware of before showering with crystals:

  • If the crystal is water-friendly or not.
  • Water temperature.
  • Alcohol, fragrances, perfumes.
  • Raw crystals

The very first thing to be sure of is that your crystal is water friendly, to do so I created a very detailed table where you can find the exact yes or no answers to each possible type of crystal. So make sure to take a look above this section :).

The second thing is water temperature.

If you prefer to take soothing and deep relaxing hot showers, even if your crystal is water friendly, it is best to take all of the crystal jewelry just to not potentially fade the natural coloring and shine of your crystal.

Being exposed to hot temperature water, as well as steam, may potentially lower the intensity of crystals colors, such as Amethyst, Carnelian, Citrine, and Rose Quartz.

Plus, one additional important detail is to pay special attention to Black Obsidian.

This glass crystal is especially sensitive to hot temperatures. It can easily break into pieces if it is in contact with hot water for too long.

The third thing is Alcohol and chemical products.

This important factor makes a visual effect on the state of crystals in the long term.

Meaning that the negative effects of the strong Alcool and chemical-based products will not impact your crystal jewelry instantly.

If you notice that your crystal (that is for sure water-friendly) is not as shiny and colorful as it used to be, it could be one of these two possibilities: high water temperatures or the chemical ingredients in your showering products, like alcohol, fragrances, and perfumes.

So, if your showering routine contains products like shampoos, liquid soap, or body wash that contains strong fragrances or a high percentage of alcohol, it is optimal to take off your crystals jewelry before showering.

This way you will avoid impacting the natural shine or colors of your crystals. Even if you will not notice an instant effect, they will be affected in the long run.

The fourth thing to keep in consideration is the shape of your crystals.

Even if the crystal is water friendly, I think you should consider the shape of it before wearing it in the shower.

can you shower with crystals

There are many beautifully crafted raw unpolished crystals that are put in necklaces and bracelets that you can absolutely wear but preferably not in the shower.

While moving around in the shower, you may hurt your skin if the pointy shapes of the raw-formed crystals touch your skin, which can make you feel quite uncomfortable.

Is it good to bathe with crystals?

Taking a bath with crystals can surprisingly have soothing, revitalizing, and calming effects on your mind and body. Bathing with crystals can help you release any negative and tense sensations within your body and feel super relaxed afterward.

Before bathing with crystals, make sure that the chosen crystal is water friendly (take a quick look at the summary table).

Before taking a bath with crystals, first, decide what is your intention.

Do you want to feel relaxed, happy, energized, confident, or creative?

Choosing your intention beforehand, guides you to absorb and welcome the full healing effect of your crystal, as well as the relaxing properties of your bath.

If you desire to tap into the energy of confidence, creativity, and self-empowerment, then showering with Carnelian is the best choice to feel super motivated after your bath.

This crystal energizes your whole body, gives you encouragement, and empowers you to have enough vital energy to work on your project with determination and renewed willpower.

If you want to tap into the soothing energy of deep relaxation and clarity, then bathing with a Rose Quartz or Amethyst is the best crystal choice to make.

The energies of Rose Quartz and Amethyst are deeply healing which permits you to reach a happy and peaceful level of relaxation so you can feel renewed, light, clarity, and at optimum comfort.

Simply reply on your intuition and what your soul craves, then choose the crystal that is appropriate for your needs (do not forget to make sure that the picked crystal can be immersed in water).

How to take a crystal bath?

Here are the essential steps to follow for a deep healing crystal bath:

  1. Choose your crystal (make sure it is water friendly).
  2. Fill your bath, you can add to it Eucalyptus or tea tree oil for deep relaxation.
  3. Immerse yourself then hold your chosen crystal for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. While holding the crystal, visualize that it is supplying you with healing energies that you can sense in every part of your body.


Here are the main things to be aware of before showering with crystals:

Avoid showering with crystals that:

  • End with an “ite” (Selenite, Malachite, Kyanite …)
  • Have the iron element in their composition (Hematite, Red Jasper, Pyrite…)
  • Have 5 or below on Mohs score of hardness (Calcite, Pearl, Coral…)

In the shower:

  • Be aware that hot temperatures and products with strong perfumes/alcohol percentages may damage crystals in the long term.

After the shower:

  • Regular water contact with the bracelet elastic can result in breaking it. So as to not risk losing the crystal beads, make sure to pat dry your crystal bracelet thoroughly after stepping out of the shower.


Yousra is the owner and founder of Crystals And Joy and the author of the blog. She is a crystal passionate and she creates insightful, simple, and useful blog posts to share her crystal knowledge that she collected for the past several years.

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