Why did my crystal change? Has your crystal changed colour or shape? Has your crystal gained an inclusion or new markings? Discover why, how and what it means…
Over the years the type of changes I have been told about includes the following. Crystals with appearing or disappearing inclusions, flaws, rainbows, cloudiness, cracks and also dark or light areas. Others report surface features changing such as markings, striations, holes or other indents. I’ve also had some tell me that the entire crystal changed colour, one person swore it happened multiple times.
Has This Happened To You?
I recently ran a poll in my Instagram stories @ethan_lazzerini to see how common this experience was. I was surprised to learn that more than 80% of people have had a crystal change on them after they bought it…
Why Is Nobody Talking About This?
It’s a good question, I have not personally seen this mentioned in any books I have read (it may be out there). It’s also a topic I have not come across others talking about. I do get asked this a lot and always have given my perspective on this. I think it is time I cover it on my blog in more detail for you.
This has been on my list of blog topics for a long time. I’ll be honest, it is a tricky subject and could be controversial. Something I learned from my very first blog post here is that whenever I write something that is not a commonly accepted belief, people will try to silence me.
I’m sharing this because I think others like me might have been a little reluctant to talk about this topic openly. However, as always this is just my point of view and you can make up your own mind.
Why Did My Crystal Change?
So why did my crystal change? This is not easy to answer because each case is different. There are many factors that could have contributed to some of these changes. There are scientific reasons why a crystal might change and you need to rule these out first.
Some crystals are known for changing colour like Amethyst and Turquoise for example. Many coloured crystals fade in direct sunlight and also gradually over time from indirect light. This is why I don’t recommend cleansing crystals in sunlight or placing coloured crystals in a sunny window.
Hot & Cold Conditions
When crystals are exposed to contrasting hot and cold (heating then cooling) they are more vulnerable to cracks, flaws appearing or breaking suddenly. This might be caused by placing crystals by a radiator, heater, AC unit, window or in a hot bath. Please note raw, unpolished crystals are more vulnerable to this.
Certain minerals are damaged by water, some gradually dissolve over time, losing their smooth surface. Others are porous and will develop cracks, while some lose or change their colour. Metallic crystals can tarnish or even rust. For more info on this please see my blog post Why I Never Cleanse Crystals In Water.
Delicate & Friable Crystals
Some types of minerals are known for being extremely delicate or friable. For example, they crumble easily and shed with handling or even on their own. This includes crystals like Black Tourmaline, Celestite, Aragonite and Selenite, especially when in their raw unpolished form.
You will normally see powder or small pieces of the crystal have fallen around it. This could easily be missed if you’re carrying raw stones in your pocket or keeping them in a box with many other stones…
Oxidisation, Tarnishing & Rusting
Some minerals will naturally tarnish over time. This will usually darken the colour of the stone, make it appear dull or completely change its colour. This is common in metallic minerals like Pyrite. Some minerals will even rust and this is usually caused by them being wet, water cleansing or even sweat if worn. I’ve seen this happen with raw (not polished) Hematite.
TIP: You can polish tarnished stones like Pyrite with a dry cloth to look like new again.
Missing Or Forgetting The Details
Could you have missed the new feature you found on your crystal? Even a small Quartz crystal point can have all kinds of interesting markings or inclusions. Perhaps you just never noticed this one before? This is why taking photos or a video of new crystals will help you see if it really changed.
What If It’s None Of The Above?
I’ve covered these possibilities above because you need to be sure that this was not caused by these mundane factors. There may also be other causes that I am not aware of. Make sure that it is not one of these things and that you can’t find a logical explanation.
Although crystals grow and change in the Earth this should not happen after mining (this is what I am talking about in this article). As far as I am aware inclusions of minerals should not appear in or disappear from a crystal that you have bought. Cracks or flaws inside a crystal should not heal themselves any more. Crystals should not be able to change shape, grow or multiply.
For instance this has happened to me with a small Smoky Quartz crystal point. I know I would have remembered it if it looked the way it did when I noticed the change. It suddenly had a white/cream layer or inclusion inside it one day. It was big enough that I could not miss it and I didn’t really like the look of it now, to be honest.
Because it was way back before I had a camera phone, I have no before-photo. I can’t explain it and I have never had this happen with any other stone. I just found this crystal today and I can’t believe this but the white inclusion is almost gone. It is now tiny and I almost missed it. I’m not even sure this is in the same place, it may have vanished completely.
TIP – Photograph or film any changes in a crystal to document it. Then you can see if the crystal continues to change or reverts back in the future.
What Does It Mean If Your Crystal Changes?
If you have a crystal that appears to have changed with no known reason, I have a theory that seems to make sense to most that experience this. I believe that the crystal has done some kind of deep healing for you. The crystal may have cleansed some negative energy or cleared a block you had.
When a crystal changes it tends to happen when we have been through a big personal transformation. For example have you had some kind of awakening or shift in your whole outlook on life? Have you been through loss or big challenges lately? In other words this can be an inner transformation or an external one.
Just know that you and the crystal are linked. The crystal has helped you and reflects the changes you have experienced. Make sure it is cleansed and thank the crystal for any healing or clearing work it has and may still be doing for you.
Has your crystal changed with no logical explanation? Please share how it changed and if you feel it might be a healing or life change (PLEASE keep any questions you have concise and stick to this blog post topic if you want a response).
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