Many people believe that you should cleanse a new magical crystal or stone as soon as you get it, and certainly before you try to use it in any workings. There are a number of reasons for this – first, you may want to clear out any residual energies that the crystal has picked up along its way before it got to you. Just like with any other magical tool, you can’t go wrong with a fresh clean slate. Also, if you feel a little off-kilter after handling a particular stone, go ahead and do a cleansing. It could be you, it could be the crystal, or it could be a combination of the two.
It’s important to note that there are different types of cleansing methods, and those will vary depending on the type of crystal you’re working with. Let’s look at some of the most popular methods, as well as which one you may wish to avoid.