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Can Rose Quartz Go In Water? (Full Guide)

Just like any other stone, rose quartz requires you to care for it well, so that it can continue to do its job for you. Part of caring for your crystal is being aware if your stone can handle water. Today, we will go over whether rose quartz can be left in water, as well as how to use it.

Rose quartz can go in water, including saltwater. It is a 7 on the Mohs scale, meaning it is hard enough to prevent damage. Beware that rose quartz does contain iron/manganese, which can cause the stone to rust if you leave it in water for long periods of time. There are also other risks involved.

Continue reading if you want to know more about why rose quartz is fine in water, as well as the risks and alternative methods of cleansing and recharging. At the bottom of this page you’ll find a quick overview of the rose quartz traits, such as element, chakra, zodiac, and benefits.

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Also Read: Can Rose Quartz Be In The Sun?

Can Rose Quartz Go In Water? (Explained)

Generally, your rose quartz should be fine if you give it a rinse or soak it every once in a while.

However it is important to note that no matter how polished your stone looks, every crystal has tiny cracks in it. If you soak your quartz, the water will go into these cracks and cause them to widen. You won’t notice this immediately, and it can take a very long time to see the consequences. However, if you soak them regularly and over an extended period of time, there is a chance that your rose quartz breaks. Note that raw rose quartz or geodes have more cracks and will therefore be more likely to break.

This breakage is more likely to happen to softer stones (5 or below on the Mohs scale of hardness). For those unfamiliar; this scale gives each mineral a number between 1 – 10 – the higher the number, the stronger the crystal. In turn, the stronger the crystal, the less likely it is to be damaged by water. The cracks in stones with a number lower than 5 are simply more movable and will break the stone easier. With rose quartz being a 7 it should be just fine, especially if you only rinse it.

When thinking about placing crystals in water we also need to think about the makeup of the stone. The reason rose quartz has such a beautiful pink color is because it contains minerals like iron and manganese. Leave iron to soak in water and it is guaranteed to rust.  
Rose quartz only has small amount of these minerals though, so the probability that your stone will rust is low. However, if it does it will be very difficult to clean again.

The last thing to keep in mind is that any stone that is left in water for a prolonged period of time will turn dull. If you’re using the stone to make crystal elixirs, this is something that will be guaranteed to happen. This won’t affect its vibrations, and you’ll be able to use it just the same, but it just won’t be as pretty. So if you care about the looks of your crystal it might be better to avoid water altogether. This includes rose quartz in jewelry – don’t swim or shower with it!

Can Rose Quartz Go In Tap Water?

I only like to use tap water to cleanse my rose quartz (or to make elixirs with) if I know it is clean enough to drink it. If it is not good enough for you, it is not good enough for you stone. After all, you can’t clean something with dirty water.

If your water is not drinkable, you could filter it before using, or get some water from a running stream.  

Can Rose Quartz Go In Salt Water?

Although salt water can be a bit much for most stones, quartz should be just fine. However on top of the normal risks that come with using water on your crystals, there is even more to think of when using salt water.

The problem with rose quartz and salt is not that it will damage the surface (like it would with a soft stone like selenite). Rose quartz is a rather hard stone and won’t be scratched by a bit of salt. However, issues can occur when the salt is dissolved in water.

When dissolved, the salt can get into the tiny cracks of your crystal much easier and when the water evaporates, the salt will be left behind. If a little is left, that won’t be a problem. But if you use this method regularly, the salt can build up and cause the stone to crack.

For this same reason, never leave raw rose quartz or geodes in salt water. These stones have more cracks than polished stones, leaving your crystal much more vulnerable.

To avoid this you can rinse your stone under running water when you’re done. It won’t get rid of all the salt, but most of it will be washed away.

Besides, water will cause your stone to turn dull over time and salt will only speed up this process. Again, if you care about the looks of your crystal you’d be better off using a different method to cleanse the stone. If it does turn dull, this won’t affect the positive vibrations from your stone and you can continue to use it the same as before.

Lastly, be aware that silver will get tarnished in salt water. So if you have any piece of jewelry with rose quartz and you don’t want the chain to turn black, avoid salt water.

If you want to know more about salt and rose quartz, and how to use it safely, I‘d recommend reading this post that I wrote: “Can Rose Quartz Go In Salt?

How To Make Rose Quartz Water Elixir

Elixirs are just another great way of working with crystals. Some people like to mediate with their stones, some like to bathe in them, some like to keep them on their body with jewelry and some like to drink water that has been infused with all the goodness. If you haven’t found your way of working with crystals, or are open to try something new, give it a chance!

Rose quartz elixirs are great for when you’re in need of a little extra (self-)love and compassion in your life.

To make it, follow the following steps:

  1. Cleanse your crystal, both physically and energetically. To remove negative vibrations, have a look at some of the ways to cleanse your rose quartz in the next paragraph.
  2. Fill a glass bowl with (drinkable) water. Tap water is fine if this is safe to drink. If not, bottled or filtered water, please!
  3. Place your rose quartz in the water and set your intention. What do you want to get out of this?
  4. Leave the water in the sun/moon for however long you’d like. Some people leave it for only a few minutes, some leave their water in the moonlight overnight. If you’re leaving it in sunlight, be careful that you don’t leave it too long. Water is a great place for bacteria to grow and the warm rays of sunlight will only speed that up.
  5. When ready, retrieve the crystal and pour the water into a bottle to place into the fridge.
  6. If you aren’t going to use all the water within a week or so, fill you bottle with about 1/3 alcohol (like vodka or brandy). Water is a perfect place for bacteria to grow, so be careful.
  7. Drop a few drops into your water bottle to drink throughout the day.

How To Cleanse Rose Quartz Using Water

If you’re not too worried about the looks of your crystal, water is a great way to cleanse the stone. Below, I’ll explain how to use both running water and salt water to do this.

Running water

This is one of the safest ways to cleanse your stone with water as it minimises the contact and thus the risks.

To cleanse the stone, you can just leave it in some running water. If there’s a creek near you where you can leave it for a little bit, this is ideal. If not, in your sink under a running faucet for a few minutes works just fine. Even better is if you visualize the low vibrations being washed away. When ready, dry it with a soft cloth. You’ll be left with a clean crystal, ready to be recharged.

Salt Water

This is a more risky method, but might be nice to use every once in a while if your stone feel especially heavy.

Collect a bowl of fresh sea water (if you can!) or put a tablespoon of salt into a bowl of water. Make sure all the salt has dissolved in the water, and place your rose quartz in it. Leave it for a few hours, depending on how energetically heavy it feels.

When ready, take your rose quartz out of the bowl and run it under tap water to get rid of any leftover salt. Dry with a soft cloth.

How To Cleanse Rose Quartz Without water

If you want to be sure your rose quartz will be as shiny and beautiful as it was before cleansing, you might want to avoid water. Some other options are smoke cleansing, sound and selenite. Below, I’ll explain how to use each.

Smoke Cleansing

With this method, you use a cleansing herb to remove negative vibrations from your stone. You first have to light it, and when you blow out the flame, it produces smoke that is very cleansing to objects and people. As a result, it is great to use on your crystals as well!

Make sure you set an intention for your rose quartz – what do you want the stone to do for you? When you’re ready you can waft the smoke over your rose quartz and repeat your intention out loud. The stone will be done cleansing when you feel like it is. Pick it up and feel it’s energy!

NOTE: Beware that using the term ‘smudging’ and the practice of burning white sage/palo santo is commonly used in the spiritual community. This is a specific type of smoke cleansing used by Native Americans, and which was illegal up until about 40 years ago. We recommend using a form of smoke cleansing that is appropriate for you and your culture.


Some crystals are so powerful and full of light that they can be used to charge other stones. Selenite is one of those crystals.

I love this method because it is incredibly simple. All you have to do is leave your rose quartz on some Selenite. Selenite plates are ideal, but if you’re just using a stone, make sure it’s bigger than the rose quartz that you’re wanting to charge. Leave it for about 24 hours and your stone is ready to be used again.

Be aware that selenite is a very soft stone, so if you’re using raw rose quartz or a geode this may leave indents or scratches on your selenite.


Using sound is great if you want to cleanse and recharge at the same time. Perfect if you don’t want to spend hours cleansing and charging your crystals.

For this method, you can use either singing bowls, a tuning fork or a simple YouTube video. To use it, set your intention and let the sound fill the room. Check in with your stone by picking it up. If you feel the energy is light, it’s ready!

I’ll link my favorite video to cleanse my crystals below.

How To Charge Rose Quartz

If you cleansed your stone, it is now ready to charge it. Whereas cleansing gets rid of negative vibrations, charging it fills it with positive ones!

As mentioned above, sound and selenite will cleanse and charge your stone. Another way to charge your rose quartz is by using moonlight.


This is my personal favorite way of charging crystals in general, as it is safe for all types of crystals. Place them outside on the day before, during or after a full moon and let them charge for about 7 hours. Leave them directly on the earth as crystals like to be grounded.

If for whatever reason you prefer to keep your stone inside, you can let it charge on the windowsill. The moon won’t be as powerful here, but it’ll be enough to charge the crystal.  


Don’t leave your rose quartz in the sun! This will cause the stone to fade. If you want to learn more about how and why this happens, I recommend reading this post from earlier: “Can Rose Quartz Be In The Sun?

Rose Quartz Overview

Chakra: Heart
Element: Earth | Water
Zodiac: Libra | Taurus
Benefits: Forgiveness | Love | Compassion |

This is a perfect stone for those looking for a little more love and light in their lives. It is great for when you need some help forgiving someone or having compassion towards a person or situation. The gentle energy is reassuring and calming. Therefore, it is also useful for those experiencing grief.
Rose quartz doesn’t just help you show love to other people, but also to yourself. This is why rose quartz is also the stone of self-love.

Neat Crystal

I am a Crystal & Gem Specialist with 20 years experience collecting and analyzing crystals and gems. My main focus is on crystal and gem abilities to influence our human experience through energy caused by visual and physical properties of each. I also love to dive into the formation, chemical makeup, and rare impurities found within crystals - a Geologist in training. I started Neat Crystal as a place to jot down my thoughts, notes, and share my knowledge to help others.

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