When Crystals Break...

Posted by Ele Keats on

I am often asked, “What does it mean when a crystal breaks?”, and “What do you do with the broken pieces?”. 

Crystals take thousands of years to form within the earth's core. Buried deep and under pressure, I like to think of their breaking as a sacrifice and symbol of their beautiful journey, and all the work they have done to emerge to offer glory and light. Perhaps it is also nature’s way of reminding us of the fragility of life and what it takes to transform. 

Working so closely with them, I find that sometimes certain crystals will disintegrate. They take on as much energy as they can handle and break when they have completed the work they were here to do. 

I believe the crystals are in service to us; put on this planet to help us evolve; to support us and remind us of our infinite connection to the light. The guidance they offer is the ultimate act of giving. There is something so beautiful and touching about this level of love.

They each have their purpose here and we are drawn to certain ones at certain times. Just like herbs, flowers, and plants, crystal medicine is evolutionary.

Take a moment to reflect on different phases of your life and all of the many areas where you have had breakthroughs and breakdowns. There is an end phase. It's a strong physical representation of the completion when the crystal breaks.

Perhaps your crystal is breaking open to shed more light on the situation; breaking through the barriers that you once felt. They are also shields of protection and they shatter because they took in the energy rather than it being directed at you.

If you have been holding onto some broken crystals gems and jewelry, here are some suggestions on what to do with the broken pieces: 

  • Return them to nature. Often times when I've had crystals break I bring them to the ocean, throw them in, and thank them for their life. 
  • Return them to the earth. It's incredibly beneficial for plant life to bury crystals within their soil. I just did it this year at the Crystal Orchard with a multitude of broken crystals in newly planted bamboo. Crystals help plants thrive.

True heroes of the earth, our crystals give us more than we will probably ever really know.

Rest assured that your crystal breaking is more than likely a positive sign that your transformation is on track and aligned.

May you continue to evolve and let go of all that is no longer serving you. Sprinkle the world with crystals and shine your light bright!



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  • I have a stone to help me on my twin flame journey, it’s been my companion when my other half was on his own for a while. We are now back together, but still have our issues to work on. I still carried the stone with me when I felt I needed to, but this morning, to my utter shock, it fell out of the place I kept it (close on my body), and it broke in half, what does that mean?

    Kim on
  • One sentence there hit me really hard. When you said “…the fragility of life and what it takes to transform”, that was the message right there! A few days ago one of my larger, really beautiful crystals fell off the mantle. It had a way of balancing that was very cool. But, while dusting, it fell and broke into 4 pieces. I cried! I put the pieces in a bowl because it felt like they needed to stay together. After reading this article I’ve decided that maybe I’ll give the smaller pieces to the earth, maybe, and keep the one larger piece. Or maybe give the smaller pieces to someone else. I don’t know yet, but I love this article. Thank you!

    Kimberly S. on
  • I really love this article, i have a black tourmaline that randomly shattered this year and ive noticed that theres been a lot of negativity since? ive been keeping the shards becayse i wasnt sure of what to do so this is very helpful.

    Kitty on
  • Hello, I’m searching and advice because I can’t understand why my blue calchedony bracelet breacks after I clanse it. It happend 2 times, the first after incense smoke cleansing and the second, yesterday, after a salt water cleansing. It’s really strange and never happened with others crysyals. Blue calchedony it’s a new crystal for me, it has only few weeks and I love it so much 💙. Any suggestions or ideas because it breaks after I cleanse it?
    Thank you so much!

    Ely on
  • I bought a heart shaped obsidian stone yesterday…I’ve only had it in my pocket,,and today I see a wee chunk out of it😥 I need to no if it’s still ok to keep & use as of the cost ,, I dnt no what to do?

    Suzi on
  • Thank you for taking the time to write this. I needed to read it today. ❤️

    Katie on
  • When a crystal breaks, you have two options. You can either fix it or decide to let it go. It’s a sign that you have worked through a phase of your life’s journey. https://www.facebook.com/erijewelry/
  • Thank you for this article. I gifted myself a lapis lazuil crystal point late last year. Today, I accidentally jostled the shelf it was on, and it fell and broke in half. After reading your article, the idea of the break signaling a time of completion rang true. This past year really did come to a cusp right around the break of the new year. Pretty much everything in my life changed dramatically. I have been challenged to accept this evolution, painful as it has been. Today especially, minutes ago when the crystal broke, was a very literal moment of beginning anew. There are many ideas and concepts out there. I choose to accept the idea of your article, and it gives me comfort. I will be giving the pieces to the ocean. Thank you.

    Mattie Blake on
  • Hi Holly, I’m just seeing your comment now sorry for the delay in response. If it’s a very large crystal and you just chipped a tip and so forth it absolutely can be polished out it’s just a challenge sometimes to find someone who’s willing to do it a Lapidary has the tools to do . So it’s just a matter of finding the right one who’s willing to do it. I had a very large Crystal delivered to Hawaii and the delivery team chipped the tip and I do have someone who is willing to polish 150 pound Crystal, so if that can happen ,I’m sure you can absolutely find someone to help with polishing yours.

    Ele on
  • Is it possible to smooth/polish the broken end? They were very large pieces and very special to me. If I could save them and then bathe them in salt water to cleanse would that work ? Does your store have the ability to restore? Thank you

    Holly Knight on

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