Can Angelite Go in Water? (Maybe…)

Angelite, sometimes referred to as blue anhydrite or angel stone, is a type of blue-gray mineral that’s mainly composed of anhydrite.

Typically, you can find it in Peru and it’s believed to have a myriad of metaphysical properties, such as calming and soothing energies.  It’s a very popular crystal in healing, as it’s used to promote peace and tranquility.

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As a relatively soft stone, some often wonder if angelite can go in water.

Since water is a very popular way to cleanse a stone, it’s important that you know which stones can and cannot be exposed to water for a long period of time.  While a quick rinse is almost okay for all crystals, prolonged periods can do damage to some.

Can angelite go in water?

Typically, you can rinse angelite under water for a few seconds with no problem at all, however, it’s not recommended you place it in water for a long period of time.  We’re talking multiple days.

The reason you’re going to want to avoid doing so is because of the stone’s composition, which contains some calcium sulfate.  This calcium sulfate is a water-soluble mineral, which means that if it’s left submerged in water for an extended period of time, it will begin to lose its luster and even disintegrate over time since it will lose its structural integrity.

This is mainly why you should avoid putting angelite in water or any liquids for that matter, including salt water.

As the stone scores a 3.5 on the Mohs Scale of hardness, this is a score that’s much too low to be considered as being a water-safe crystal.

Can angelite go in salt water?

No, Angelite, again, will be okay with a quick rinse or a damp cloth, but ideally, you should avoid allowing it to submerge in any water, including salt.  As long as you keep in mind that any variant of water isn’t safe, you can keep your crystal looking sharp forever.

If you were so submerge your angelite in salt water, the polished surface could lose its luster and the color could fade.

What happens if angelite goes in water?

Angelite is a form of anhydrite, which is a mineral that contains no water molecules in its crystal structure.  This means it isn’t soluble in water. If you were to put angelite in water, it wouldn’t dissolve or react in any significant way right away.

However, it’s important to note, as mentioned prior, is that the polished surface may be affected over time.  If your crystal has been treated or coated, for instance, it could be damaged by the exposure.  Additionally, some forms of angelite do contain small amounts of other mineral impurities which can react to the water as well.

How can I clean angelite if I can’t use water?

Again, rinsing angelite with water is okay, as long as it’s brief and you dry it immediately after. Ideally, it’s best to clean it with a damp cloth and let it air dry.

You can also use a soft brush to clean your angelite if you need to remove any dirt or brush.  Always make sure you use a soft-bristle brush to gently brush away any debris and always avoid using any harsh chemicals or harsh materials, as this can damage the surface.  This can be said about any crystals.

Consider cleansing with sage, as this is a very popular way to cleanse any crystal since sage is seen as a sacred plant that’s said to contain many healing properties.  This is usually the safest way to charge any crystals.  Light the tip of the sage and let the smoke roam around your crystal for about 30 seconds.  If you do this, try to do it in an open area, as this can cause a bunch of smoke.

Another safe method is the rice methodwhich is said to remove any negative energies from your crystal, including angelite.  To do this, fill a bowl with brown rice and then bury it for at least 24 hours.  After cleansing, just make sure you throw the rice away as it’s not advised you should use it to eat.

Singing bowls, bell rings or tuning forks can work as sound healing methods.  Honestly, it doesn’t matter what sound it makes, but what matters is the vibration.  As long as the vibration can encompass the stone thoroughly, it may help cleanse your stone.

Lastly, burying your crystal in the earth’s soil is another way to cleanse your angelite of any negative charges.  Simply bury it, but remember when you do so, you will want to place a marker so that you know where to go back.

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