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Why Did My Crystal Change? Colour, shape, inclusion

Why Did My Crystal Change? Colour, shape, inclusion

Why Did My Crystal Change? Colour, shape, inclusion

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.

bag of tumbled stones - Has your crustal changed?
Has your crystal changed?

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? Rainbow Fluorite Tumble Stone
Why did your crystal change? Rainbow Fluorite shown here.

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.

Amethyst crystal points and crystal towers on a shelf


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.

Water Cleansing

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.

Amethyst crystal points in water
Not all crystal like 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.

Crystal collection
It’s harder to remember all the details when you have a large collection

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.

Prehnite palmstone filled with Epidote inclusions
This Prehnite palmstone is filled with Epidote inclusions

Unexplained Cases

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.

Brandenburg Quartz crystal point
Brandenburg Quartz – Why not share photos on social media to use as a backup record of your crystals?

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).

If you are looking for other information please search my website or visit the Resources page to see if it’s already been covered elsewhere.

With gratitude,


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27 thoughts on “Why Did My Crystal Change? Colour, shape, inclusion

  1. Debbie Burch

    I have had that experience too and thought I was making it up, but I don’t think so. I bought a smoky quartz that started growing new points (no photos but I know it didn’tlook like that when I bought it), and a Tibetan quartz crystal that had a person meditating inside it when I bought it and he disappeared (I have photos from when I bought it to prove it).

  2. Maury

    I had an almost-clear polished citrine that became filled with inclusions over time. I also had a polished clear quartz that filled with inclusions. I once asked a Native American holy woman why this happened, and she said these crystals had messages for me.

  3. Lowri Clayton

    Thank you again for teaching me how to dedicate our crystals as it lifted the curse on my healing gift that killed my mother, Harry’s gran and others. Blessed be everything virtuous we hold sacred and fair punishments for ill deed. Please feel free to ask me any moral questions you like or similarly impart wisdom.

  4. Brenda

    This has happened to me with 3 crystal types, I noticed recently. Some Ametrine crystals, (8 Tumbled and one pendant), A 3 inch standing Smokey Quartz point, 3 Rose Quartz pyramids and 2 of heart shaped ones. The Ametrine and the Smokey Quartz developed extensive cracks inside of them like they where almost trying to split open. The all rose quartz also developed very visible cracks. They were all perfect when I bought them and the funny thing is I had them all stored in protective packaging in boxes with the rest of my crystal collection. I had examined them when I got them, I had not used them, no temperature changes, or water soaks, or any way to explain it. I also have a very beautiful Black Tourmaline pendant that I did wear several times, but cannot anymore because the silver setting that it was in, repeatedly kept coming undone. The final time, I had been wearing it around my neck, under my shirt, and when I went to take it off my neck, it fell out of the setting into my hand and the beautiful silver setting which was very secure when I put it on, was totally wadded up & looked like it had been smashed with a hammer! Freaked me out a little bit, honestly. I was talking on the phone with my grown son who was in a very angry dark frame of mind, at that moment. I guess it protected me from his energy was all I could come up with to explain that one.

    1. Cheri

      For me, black tourmaline is the hardest crystal to wire wrap. I usually let the stone dictate the wrap, but tourmaline will flat out refuse to accept the wire. I think it doesn’t like to be caged and I can’t blame it!

  5. Pam Alexandra

    I have been wondering “Why Did My Crystals Change” all week now. And I was thrilled to get you newsletter and see this topic – Thank you! I have quite a few crystals that have become cloudy, and they are ones that I have used for healing. I won’t list them all. Several are quartz crystals (one cluster I’ve had for 40 years), then a double-terminated, self-healed, Vera Cruz Amethyst (it was self-healed t when I bought it) and a 2.3 inch polished natural unheated Citrine tower (the Citrine had some cloudiness in the bottom when I bought it, but it has increased over the years). And I had a real shocker a few weeks ago, I gazed into my Citrine and it had some black inclusions. The only inclusion it had when I bought it was a small bit of red (hematite).

    For the past three years I have carried the Amethyst and the Citrine, in separate pockets in my purse. I’ve kept them there and only taken them out occasionally to cleanse them and use them for healing. I feel I can’t leave the house without them and they are two large to be carried in a pocket. My question is – could these have become cloudy because they have lived in my purse pockets all of these years? And what about the new black inclusions in the Citrine? And what about my clear quartz crystals turning cloudy (it’s not from care). Thank you in advance!

      1. Pamela M Alexandra

        Thank you Ethan, I appreciate your reply. It makes sense to me! Also, thank you for this blog and your books. Your books are the best! They are excellent, for both beginners and those experienced with Crystals. I have finally finished reading them and will leave a review on Amazon soon.

  6. Stephanie Minns

    I’m glad you raised this, Ethan, as I’ve experienced this twice now and could not get an answer, even from a crystal healer I know. Someone on a forum suggested that the crystal had been changed due to an energy exchange with me as I’d meditated with both, one a deep purple amethyst tumblestone which developed a white and milky band around it. She felt it could have ‘taken a hit’ for me in a healing way. The other was my green and purple fluorite wand that developed a beautiful blue band at the base, and it’s now a 1.5cm deep band, not there at all before. It happened over a few weeks.

  7. Suzy Woo

    I mention this quite a bit as I do take photos of my crystals. I have a good sized Lemurian which had a unicorn in it, I captured clear photos, and now that unicorn is gone and it appears to have a lion’s face instead! I’d love to share but I don’t see that photos can be attached here.

  8. Gaye Eaves

    I had a Tourmalinated Quartz pendulum that was mostly black. It was put into a bookcase that has glass doors. It was kept there for several months, during which time I was digging deeply into spiritual matters and I believe attained measurable spiritual growth. When I went back one day to get the pendulum, I didn’t even recognize it! It was mostly clear with black streaks inside. No natural, physical factors were involved. My spiritual growth was the only thing I could attribute it to. (Yes, wish I had a before and after photo.) P.S. It is now one of my favorite pendulums. I feel a definite connection and it responds beautifully.

  9. Gail

    I keep a smooth clear quartz crystal in the glove box of my car for protection. One day when my husband was driving my car a truck rammed into him, resulting in the trunk/boot being pushed right into the back seat. Luckily, my husband was totally fine but the crystal shattered on the inside (the outside was still smooth with no cracks). To this day I truly believe that the crystal bore the brunt of the impact and saved him.

  10. Linda

    I have a clear quarts that after a year it, has clouded over don’t know what’s going on with it !!
    And I have two peacock stones one is still beautiful and the other one has changed to a darker not so colourful as when got them at the same store ! At the same time !! Again don’t know what happened to it !!
    Love it all the same though !!

  11. Kathrin Roberts

    Someone told me that had two crystals that grew bigger after they’d bought them. Not just a little bit either. I had no cause to doubt them because they were trustworthy people.

  12. Julie Brewer

    I have a large black Lightening Ridgr opal ring. A friend cut and polished it at my lapidary club and my daughter set it in sterling silver as a ring for me. I have worn it over 3 years now and never take it off. It was stunning to begin with bright clear flashes of blue, green, yellow, orange… and a little red to begin with. Ive noticed the colour intensities of red have increased noticeably over time… it catches peoples eyes frequently nowadays and comments of it winking and flashing red at them are common now. I adore this crystal and its a part of me… been through so much with me emotionally and spiritually. Im sure its reflecting this journey within.

  13. Jackye Stephens

    There is a 100% silicon life form in the ocean. It’s a sponge. That means there are two forms of life on Earth: carbon and silicon based. I think crystals or minerals can continue to change because of this living element we don’t understand, yet. Nikola Tesla has attested or speculated about this living aspect of crystals. It’s something to consider.

  14. George Kapraras

    Crystals which are alive change color according to the seasons. Especially, when it is very hot or cold, as it is temperature that effects. And in many cases the color changing crystals mostly return to their original colors soon.

  15. Gail

    I have a teacher who gave me a small crystal Amethyst very pale lavender. He wanted us to do an experiment with it, take a picture of it, hold it in our hand whenever we do violet flame decrees & take another picture in the same location & light conditions when it changes. I sort’ve flaked out & kept forgetting to do it but at least one person had a very noticeable change, intensification of the color. I’ll get to it one of these days.

  16. Stephanie Minns

    After my first comment here about my fluorite wand, I sat meditating with it over my heart chakra, intending to cleanse/balance my aura, nothing too emotional or dramatic. It has now developed more of the clear band it had, the blue band (not there when I bought it) had divided into 2 distinct bands and the green has reduced to two small patches. It has only always sat on the same shelf in a dull, North-facing room with no sunlight. I’m amazed and would love to understand what process is going on here. Fascinating.

  17. Etienne Yturbe

    So today I bought my first crystal it is a Flourite crystal. when I bought it, it was light green and purple, I set it on my night stand and left it for a couple hours, when I went into my room later on and grabbed it I couldn’t believe what I was seeing but the crystal changed to dark blue! within the past year I went through a huge spiritual transformation and this topic really helped me understand why this happened. I don’t have a before picture because I wasn’t expecting this but I can send anyone who wants a picture of what it looks like now!

  18. Samantha

    As I sit here tonight holding my rose quartz that use to be very smooth. Which is why I researched, I noticed it has cuts and groves into it now! It never had these before. But what’s the craziest part is they make hearts!.. and I’m sure you know what the rose quartz is for.. I gently rub certain crystals while holding them, depending which one I am needing. I’ve also had ones that I wear change colors on me. I feel that it’s the crystals way of letting you know that it feels you and doing the healing power that is intended for. But wanted to see other’s opinions and if anyone knew exactly why.

  19. Tammy Garrett Hicks

    i have a crystal that my daughter gave me i really don’t know much about it or what type of crystal it is. It is on a key chain. my daughter told me to hold it and love it. i was in a really bad place when she gave it to me and had a lot of negative energy, so i didn’t want to touch the crystal, so i placed, on my desk and left it there for a couple of days. which happen to be a place i spend a lot of my time. i would not touch it it though. then all of a sudden i started feeling calmer and i picked it up and held it in my hands just for a couple of minutes, then i used the clip that is on the key chain to attach to my dress and let the crystal sit on my skin on the left side of my chest. Touching the crystal once in awhile. I actually left it sitting on my chest for a few hours. i noticed that the crystal changed color, by the time i took it off of my chest. i then put the crystal on my keys and didn’t think anything about.
    Then yesterday i was with my daughter and while i was in the store at the checkout i noticed the crystal changed color right away as soon as i touched it even for a second. when i got back to the car i pulled my keys out of my purse and thanked my daughter for the crystal. however when i pulled keys out of my purse i was careful not to touch the crystal, so that i can show my daughter that it changes color because i wanted to make sure that i wasn’t seeing something happen that wasn’t really happening. I held it in the air not touching it and explained to her about me attaching the crystal to my clothes the first day i touched it. i even happen to have a small section on my shirt that was about the same color that the crystal turned to that first day i touched it. my daughter looked at me in disbelief. so i that’s when i told her watch this, and i then wrapped both hands around the crystal less than 10 sec and it started changing color. she was shocked. she said hers don’t do that. she then said that that i must be connected to my crystal. we were on our way to another store and as she pulled off, i said i’m going to hold the crystal in my hands until we get to the next store to see what happens.
    The next store was only only about 5 blocks down the street and by the time she parked the car the crystal was the color of the green on my shirt like i told her that had happened before. i even put the crystal against my shirt to compare the color and it match that color of green perfectly. i then put back in my purse and we went in the store. and about 3 minutes later being careful not to touch the crystal i pulled my keys out and the crystal was back to its color of being a faint green with white covering a lot of the crystal.
    This is my first crystal and i have had it less than 2 weeks. I told my daughter i do want to get more crystals, to put around the house.
    I can see a difference in how i have been feeling seen i finally decided to actually touch the crystal.

  20. Kim Anglin

    I’m glad I found this article!
    I have been going through a ton of turmoil due to family trauma and tonight on the full moon/ Halloween I did a fire ritual and carried my Black Tourmaline with me all day. My black tourmaline had a few mica inclusions visible and after today and after the ritual, I noticed so many more shiny inclusions on the stone. Parts I was just looking at today are now covered in stripes of silvery mica. I truly feel like this stone protected and helped me heal. Week/Months before even dealing with these issues I kept getting messages over and over in various ways that I should find some Black Tourmaline because I would need psychic protection soon. I now see why I got that guidance and I see the gift given to me through this stone. Thanks so much for this article!

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