So you probably already know that gemstones and crystals are highly valued for their rarity and aesthetics.
This is why most of them are quite an investment (on different levels of course).
We say “most” because you might stumble upon already used crystals.
There are a lot of people who view these deals as absolute scores, especially if the gemstone or crystal still looks pristine.
Those who are concerned about the powers of crystals and the ability of their vibrational energy levels, would probably wonder, “can we wear used gemstones or crystals?”.
After all, don’t these precious stones last for a very long time?
Well, yes, they do.
But when it comes to the spiritual and metaphysical essence or the “vibe” they carry , used gemstones and crystals can be cleansed and realigned with new crystal healing goals and fresh vibrational frequency before they are worn by the new owner.
The Power of Wearing Gemstones and Crystals
A semi precious stone or crystal takes a long time to form.
International Gem Society say it can take centuries, if not millions of years, depending on the type and quality.
They are also formed in a very harsh environment and conditions, subjected to overwhelming pressure within the heart of mother earth.
They then emerge as this unique and perfect stone, victorious, stunning, and overflowing with natural vibrational frequencies.
It is no wonder that ancient spiritual traditions and any crystal healer would regard them as objects of great power which balance the flow of energy, when it comes to chakra aligning and healing.
The crystal healer views this protective stone and believes it has the ability to hold metaphysical, astrological, and therapeutic abilities for the people who own them.
Best Gemstones to Wear
There are at least 200 varieties currently known to exist.
The diamond is probably the most well-known of all.
And we’re not surprised; it is a precious piece of great beauty and strength.
It is even regarded as the hardest substance on Earth.
Not everyone is lucky to own a diamond, though.
Allow us to suggest perhaps our top 3 favorites you might find more accessible (or affordable) to start off with:
Amethyst is one of the most popular pieces used in making jewelry and other wearable accessories.
It is believed to bring good luck and can connect with the Divine.
Below you will see an amethyst stretch bracelet which comes with a selenite charging heart, so this is handy when you need to re-charge your amethyst with your intention.
That’s probably due to its ability to restore any vibrational energy that is out of balance, which could be health and financial issues.
It is a good piece to wear when you want to attract success, eliminating negative vibes, especially after making crucial health or business decisions.
Charged Natural Gemstone Crystal Nugget Bead Bracelet + Selenite Charging Heart [Included]
Aptly named, tiger’s eye is a piece recognizable for its rich golden orange color with black linear patterns, as you can see it also comes in other beautiful colors.
It is primarily recognized by gem therapists for its protective properties and other frequencies such as wealth.
What we really appreciate about this gemstone is its ability to restore calm, tranquility and abundance.
Tiger’s Eye 4 piece set
Quality Mens Womens 8/10MM Natural Tiger Eye Stone Gemstone Bead Mala Meditation Healing Power Elastic Stretch Bracelet
Finally, turquoise is another gemstone worth considering to add to your collection.
It is a powerful purification stone known to get rid of negative energy or “bad vibes” as it shields its wearer.
It is also very popular among gem therapists and widely claimed to help with metaphysically boosting the immune system.
The turquoises wrap bracelet
Handmade 5 Wrap Bracelet Natural Jasper Druzy Turquoises Leather Boho Bracelets
What Can You Do With Old Gemstones ?
There are many master artisans who have dedicated their lives to the art of re-faceting and re-polishing old gemstones.
You can just take your old gemstones or crystals to them and let them do their wonders.
Those still looking great can be restyled or repurposed as a brand-new piece of jewelry altogether, something that would suit your unique style or symbology.
You can also resell any of your old pieces for a reasonable price.
Those that have already been pre-polished will surely get you a better deal.
Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t sell a faded or bruised piece, especially if it’s a rare and antique item.
Can We Wear Used Gemstones and Crystals?
What if you don’t want to sell those used gemstones?
Or, what if you’re on the receiving end of the sale?
What if you’ve just discovered an excellent piece you just happened to fall in love with? Is it advisable to wear it then?
Well, there are two answers to this question.
Yes, you can.
Honestly, some people might discourage you from doing so, and I’m sure they have good intentions.
We’ll be sharing some of the reasons with you in a bit.
In the meantime, here are some instances where wearing a used gemstone or crystals might prove beneficial:
It is an heirloom piece.
We understand how painful it can be to part with a piece that has been in the family for decades.
Fortunately, you don’t have to.
You can keep wearing it, and when the time comes, you can pass it on to the next rightful owner, especially if you see it as your special powerful stone or use it as stones for healing purposes.
What’s your intention for this unique piece?
Another reason to wear a used gemstone is if you are fully aware of its activated purpose, it could be a beautiful piece of crystal jewelry or even made as prayer beads.
As mentioned, gemstones hold powerful energy within themselves.
This energy can then be directed toward a particular intention or purpose.
If you strongly believe that it aligns with your personal goals and can even benefit you, then feel free to do so.
Did they say no, you shouldn’t wear a used gemstone?
Here are the reasons why wearing used gemstones are generally discouraged:
The gemstone is believed to be expired.
This means that the energies stored within the stone have been used up by the previous owner, and wearing it wouldn’t benefit you anymore, unless the crystals are cleaned and re-charged (cause it’s be like a car battery all used up, unless the terminals are cleaned and re-charged.)
It holds negative energy.
This is probably the worst thing that you want to hear if you choose to wear a used gemstone.
Keep in mind that a gemstone can be re-charged with good intentions, as it could also be activated for malicious intentions from previous owners.
Some cultures refer to these pieces as cursed items that must never be worn or risk your personal safety.
But we also know they can be cleansed and re-charged with pure focused intentions of your personal goals.
Can We Wear Gemstone Once Removed?
What about those pieces already so old that they have fallen off already? Can we still wear them?
Yes, you can.
There are people who specialize in jewelry repair who will be more than happy to re-purpose the same stone to make a completely new piece of jewelry, that is more in style with the new version of you.
You might also be wondering about the expiry of these magical stones.
There really is no way to tell for a specific piece since many factors can affect a gemstone’s potency or active state.
Length of Use
The first factor is the length of use of the previous owner.
Each gemstone type has an average length of being in an active state.
They usually range from three to five years, but it is said that if these magical stones are cleansed and re-energized you can use them for many wonderful years to come, which is great news.
Power of Activation
Another factor to consider is the properties of stones and the activation process of awakening the gemstone.
More experienced holistic and new age alternative healers, who have in-depth metaphysical knowledge about crystals, can empower a piece with positive vibes, for your life with crystals, that can last for a decade or more.
Meanwhile, those who are not very experienced in energy shifting might not achieve the same results with their crystal journey.
Yes, it could take some practice, but it is a pleasure to use your stone to focus on nice healing energy and use a special meditation practice with it.
Duration of Intention
Setting an intention can be as general as declaring that you want the gemstone for healing properties to help improve your health.
Alternatively, it can also be declared and affirmed as, “I want this gemstone to guide me in buying a home within five years.”
When the power of crystals is activated with pure intent and focus, the gemstone can potentially meet the five-year requirement even if it is a piece that generally should have expired after only three years of use.
The Quality of Healing stones
Finally, not all gemstones are alike.
Even two seemingly identical diamonds would hold vibrations that are unique to each other, as the holder is part of the vibrational energy.
You also can’t compare the performance of a diamond to a different gemstone type.
How to Cleanse and Charge Crystals
There are certainly many ways to cleanse and charge your crystals and gemstones.
Even if stones may hold any negative energies for any reason, they can be cleansed if the practitioner or owner is experienced or powerful enough to cancel out the previous owner’s original intention and vibrational energy.
The easiest way to cleanse and reactivate healing crystals and gemstones, is by soaking it in saltwater (but just remember not every stone or crystal can handle water or a lot of sunlight.)
Salt or ocean water is one of the oldest and has been known to be the most powerful cleansing agents in the world.
To cleanse your healing crystals or gemstones using this method, all you need to do is prepare a salt and water solution and allow the gemstone to soak there for as long as you feel it is required, or go to the beautiful natural beach and just give it a pure intentional focus of cleansing it for a minute or two.
Another similar method is to place your healing crystals or gemstone directly on top of a Himalayan salt lamp, or you can even use a piece of selenite.
There’s a Vedic practice of soaking gemstones in the waters of Ganges or milk.
But there are gemstone types that can get damaged in milk, like red coral, emerald, and pearl (make sure you do your research before you cleanse your precious piece.)
It is not always easy to part with a gemstone even if it isn’t really a family heirloom.
Ask yourself, “Can I wear used gemstones to use as healing properties and as vibrational pieces for positive energy?” is definitely a good thing to ponder on before inheriting or buying one.
After all, some gemstones have been outworn or could hold some spiritual energy from the past.
But, there are also good reasons to wear used pieces, especially if it’s from a loved one and you’re sure it only holds good intentions and healing power for its owner.
But it’s always great to know that, there are ways to cleanse and reactivate gemstones, quartz crystals of the previous energies they held.
You can also have them re-polished or redesigned to bring back their original sparkle.
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