Will my crystals still be powerful if they faded in the sunlight?

by Hibiscus Moon · 21 comments

I love this recent question I received recently about crystals fading in the sunlight. It covered many angles. LURVE IT! It’s a loaded question & right up my geo-geek ally!

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You mentioned not to put certain crystals that are very strongly pigmented in the sun, because they fade. Why does the pigment fade in the sun, and how does that affect the crystal if it does fade? Is the pigment related to the quantity of the mineral inside the crystal? And if so would the difference in pigment in a crystal affect how well it performs? i.e. If I get a piece of amethyst that is only lightly pigmented, does that mean a heavier pigmented amethyst would outperform the lighter one (i.e. it is of better quality?)

Image1 Will my crystals still be powerful if they faded in the sunlight?A:

Well, why some colors fade really has to do with photon physics or particle physics. Oh yeah, Jelly Bean. I said “PHYSICS”…and you’re gonna like it!

First, let’s simply explain what a photon is. It’s a teeny-tiny bundle (aka quantum) of electromagnetic energy. EM energy = light…one in the same. Ya with me? OK. icon smile Will my crystals still be powerful if they faded in the sunlight?

C0150132 Photon emission artwork SPL Will my crystals still be powerful if they faded in the sunlight?Now, when a photon from any source (the Sun, a light bulb, whatevs) hits an atom 2 things could happen:

  1. If the atom’s nucleus has a “color charge” (basically a certain color by virtue of an extra particle), the photon will kick the extra sucker out: “Hey, get out of here… it’s too damn CROWDED!” With the poor extra bugger gone, that makes the atom colorless or neutral. When that extra color-charged particle (aka quark) hits your eye…yep, the 1 that got kicked out…your brain registers that as color! OK, so after a while of receiving light here, our atoms are gonna start running out of color-charged quarks, right? And color-less atoms will start to take over, hence COLOR FADE.
  2. If a photon strikes a color-neutral atom, its gonna either get bounced off (reflected) or get absorbed as heat. And you won’t see that guy b/c photons are considered grey or colorless.

I don’t feel that the fading effects the crystal’s effectiveness greatly but the color change does somewhat change its dominant osciallary rate (vibrational frequency) as color frequency is part of what makes up that vibration up. The fading didn’t affect the crystal’s basic molecular structure so if it was amethyst before but now just a light amethyst, it will still do its amethyst thang. icon wink Will my crystals still be powerful if they faded in the sunlight?

Not all crystals/gems will fade. It has to do with how stable the atoms are or sometimes it actually has to do with water loss between the molecules! Certain crystals are more prone to fading depending on these factors. If they’ve been artificially irradiate; they can be very susceptible to fading.

In my humble opinion, it doesn’t mean that a faded amethyst has lost all its healing power. I would most def. still use it.

*Put your goggles on…Throwing Glitter*

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P.S. What do you think about this? I’d love to hear if you agree or even if you disagree. icon biggrin Will my crystals still be powerful if they faded in the sunlight?

 

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Pamela Kaylor

I totally agree! I have a small amethyst cathedral that is faded to a pale violet, I adore it for that very reason. It’s energy is soft and gentle.

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Travis

I agree with your post. Still, I am careful to avoid excessive light exposure to my crystals since the color they are, I feel, helps their energy. Color = energy, after all.

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oldhermit

Not only do I agree, I compliment you on explaining that very well.

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Hibiscus Moon

TY so much. Sometime sI do miss my science classroom teaching days. ;)

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Mary Lee

In some – not all – cases I have found that the lighter ones have a higher vibration. Some of the amethyst and some citrine have been heat treated to darken their color.

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Cherrise

Love this article! I agree in that it wouldn’t change it’s effectiveness so much. It could be more of a personal feeling toward the crystal at a certain color and that energy that we feel toward it if it changes color. Our feelings toward it would have a different vibration if we preferred one shade over another.

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jeanette evely

I agree that it doesn’t effect the quality of the crystal healing but if you are using the crystal – those babies rock! (Pun intended ;) )The only place I can think where it would effect is in combination with colour therapy or Chakra colour resonance therapy where the emphasis is on the colour refraction.

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Kathy

I totally agree! I LOVE your BLOG!!!
Two stories: I have a fluorite pyramid that absorbed too much sunlight and turned pale. It still had the same effect except softer, so I put it with all the fluorite I had in a room that did not receive much sunlight, after a few years, it is now going back to its lovely colours!!! I had another fluorite pendant turn from a clear sea green to an opaque white within a month when I used it on my throat after I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, so I followed suit and put it with my other fluorite to heal… it took a year, but it is coming back to its clear sea green again!!! I LOVE Crystals and Crystal healing!!! (PS I am cancer free since 2005!!!!)

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Wilma

I had no idea that crystals could regain their colour…..how wonderful! AND thanks for posting this! I will have to try it :-)
Cancer free….BRAVO!!!!! Other than using your fluorite pendant what other things did you do to help your situation? It must be such a relief for you to have it all behind you…I cannot imagine what you went through.

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Kathy

Wilma, Hi! and Thank YOU for the congrats!
I turned the whole thing into a Star Trek adventure because it was Gamma Rays this and Nuclear medicine that, but found the fluorite and a wide blue lace agate wand to be my best pals and if I felt overwhelmed, hematite and smokey quartz came to my rescue to keep me grounded. I also have a huge rose quartz that sits in front of my TV emanating unconditional love 24/7… I also had a friend who does SCIO so she gave me a few treatments before and after the surgery, which I know helped lessen the procedures I had to go through. As it was I was only treated as an outpatient, did NOT require Chemo or radiation, just a miniscule sip of radioactive iodine drink every 6 months for 3 years and now see my specialist who monitors my bloodwork every 6 months…I am most grateful to the crystals and my Guides/Reiki/Shamballa and Spiritual support from all my friends who really kept my spirits up! The best advice I can give is do NOT fear the cancer, it is just a challenge / hurdle I chose to go through to realize I was not honouring my truth and the cancer was a huge wake-up call for me to step into my authentic self and speak my Truth/walk my Talk. I never wanted sympathy…dis-ease is not about that and cures will never be found until people realize it is not about OMG ain’t it awful… send LOVE and LIGHT instead!!!

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Bobbie Laufenberg

Kathy, Congratulations Dear One and thank you so much for sharing your courageous story with us. My father-in-law faced the cancer challenge with much the same attitude, he accepted no sympathy or “poor me” energies from friends or family. Did what he needed to do for healing and has been cancer-free for almost 3 years. You have my respect and admiration. Love & Light to you.

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Hibiscus Moon

Kathi, many blessings to you. ((HUGS))

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Kathy

Thank You Bobby and Hats Off to your father for recognizing that we choose with free will the challenges we will come into this world to learn and experience to help ourselves and all we are connected to, to become stronger and evolve according to the Master Plan. I am most grateful that I have my Crystal Allies with me!!! :) Love & Light Kathy

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Rosa B

Hi Hibiscus
Please can you go back to school and relearn your particle physics!!?
Colour science is very complex and has chemical and phsical aspects. Colour changes such as fading or photodegradation are generally due to a chemical reaction rather than a physical one and the light is breaking chemical bonds that lead to the reduction in colour. These bonds can reform over time without light in some cases, but don’t expect your jeans to go dark again!

I feel that a faded crystal appers older and wiser having experienced changes, so would be different to use from a bright young thing! It may be slower, but have deeper effects.

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Hibiscus Moon

Rosa, normally I delete a rude comment. This isn’t the worst but please keep it civil here. Thanks. The reason I didn’t just delete this is that I never back down from a scientific debate or mature convo on the subject. In fact, your statement sort of reminds me of the heated debates that occurred in my science department planning area among the teachers. ;)

I think we can both agree that physics is just barely understood, & quite precariously at best, that the “laws” seem to breaking down, & new understandings are coming to light more and more. Yes, I agree that color science & particle physics is very complex, which is why I really over-simplified here (perhaps too much?), however I do feel that I got the gist of what occurs while leaving the heavier technicalities out. I didn’t feel it necessary to make the distinctions between chemical & physical changes here but I did want to address this frequently asked question & somewhat addressing the science is my path. I would LOVE for you to do a more detailed follow up on your blog. That would be great!

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Rokeya

This was great!! I love when you get Geo-Geek!! I have had some great conversations with a friend about Crystals and I was smacking the Physics and Science in the email and signed it, “Sheldon” ( from the Big Bang Theory sit com!) LOL! She is totally wanting to take your classes now. Apparently, I didn’t geek freak her out. I wish I had known about the natural amethyst fading… :( I had a dark geode and always had in the window.. It has lightened up but it still ROCKS!!
Great blog!!

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ingela

Agree!!! my Thou I look longingly at stones when I sit them in the sun, wondering how much color is gone forever this time, they have never changed their power, and as I use all elements regularly to keep their energies vibrant and abundant I could never trade keeping some color for the power generated by the sun charging.
Thou I do feel they are often mor specifically purposed after wards, asthou the charging hones it in on certain abilities, eg: if you took a crystal & split it in half, charged one in the sun and one in the moon & then presented them to an unknowing person and asked if there were a different energy and/or what each piece should be used for or which would be better for a specific intention, I am sure they would reflect different potency

=)

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Kathy

OOOOO Ingela! I love your idea of sun and moon energy with a split crystal! Thank You!!!
Love & Light Kathy

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paula juarez

Love the way you explain things….simple and to the point. Love seeing your pictures! thank you for sharing ♥

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