Polished gemstones are less likely to emit any toxins into your elixirs and waters and are pretty safe for use in massage oils as well. If handling raw gemstones, wear gloves and/or wash your hand thoroughly after handling. And this is really important, always keep small stones, tumbled or raw stones, and even ones that aren't toxic safely away from children and pets.
Here at White Magick Alchemy we have a great respect for crystals and gemstones and always utilize safe gemstones in our spell oils. We also charge our herbal blends with these magical, loving, healing stones which then are incorporated into many of our magickal offerings. For instance, many types of Quartz crystals are completely safe to use as long as these stones are polished, smooth with unbroken surfaces. Another option to create safe Gemstone Elixers and Crystal Healing Waters are to place then around the base of the glass container, outside, preferably under the corresponding moon phase.
Adamite - zinc, copper
Amazonite - copper
Amber - toxic dust, fumes, possible ingestive toxicity
Angelite - lead, sulphur
Atacamite - copper
Auricalcite - zinc and copper
Azurite - copper
Boji-stones/Kansas Pop Rocks (may contain sulphur)
Bronchantite - copper
Cerrusite - sulphur, molybdenum
Chalcantite (aka "blue shit") - copper
Chalcopyrite (Peacock Stone, Peacock Ore) - copper and sulphur
Chrysacolla (Chrysocolla) - copper
Cinnabar - mercury
Cobaltocalcite (Pink Cobalt Calcite) - cobalt
Conicalcite - copper
Copper - copper
Coral - organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in
Cuprite - copper
Diopside - copper
Dioptase - copper
Eliat Stone - copper
Emerald - aluminum
Garnet - aluminum
Gem Silica - copper
Galena/ Galenite - lead
Garnierite (Genthite, Falcondoite) - nickel
Hiddenite - aluminum
Iolite - aluminum
Kansas Pop Rocks - may contain sulphur
Kunzite - aluminum
Kyanite - aluminum
Labradorite - aluminum
Lapis Lazuli - may contain copper, sulphur
Marcasite (Markasite) - sulphur
Magnetite (Lodestone) - iron in large quantities
Malachite - copper
Meteorite - may contain many toxic substances
Mohawkite - copper, arsenic
Moldavite - aluminum
Molybdenum - molybdenum
Moonstone - may contain aluminum or other toxic substances
Mother of Pearl - organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in
Opal - toxic dust for inhalation at least
Pearl - organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in
Psiomelane - barium
Pyrite (Fool's Gold, Inca Gold) - sulphur
Quartz (all types) - toxic dust for inhalation
Realgar - sulfur, arsenic
Rhodocrosite (Rhodochrosite) - lead
Ruby - aluminum
Sapphire - aluminum
Sodalite - aluminum
Spinel - may contain aluminum, zinc
Stibnite - lead, antimony
Smithsonite (Galmei, Zinc spar)- zinc, may contain copper
Sulphur - sulphur
Tourmaline, Watermelon - aluminum
Turquoise - copper
Uranium - radioactive mineral
Vanadanite - lead
Variscite - aluminum
Wulfenite - lead, molybdenum
Avoid and do not make conventional gem elixirs, gem waters, massage oils, or other consumables with these stones. The general rules below can help you and those you know stay safe.
- Do not make conventional gemstone elixirs, gem waters, massage oils of any stone containing metal (lead, copper, etc.) Use an indirect method instead.
- FYI: Polished stones are less likely to allow elixirs, etc. to leach any potentially hazardous materials. Rough stones are most likely.
- In general, almost all blue and green stones, especially brightly colored ones, contain copper and/or arsenic and are unsafe to use for conventional gem elixirs, etc.
- Shiny, metallic stones should be avoided.
- Don't handle stones containing arsenic, such as realgar, or mercury, such as cinnabar without protective gloves. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling them. These stones are extremely toxic.
- Do not eat, drink, or smoke while handling potentially toxic stones.
- Keep all potentially harmful stones (including small, bite-sized stones that aren't necessarily toxic but can cause choking hazards!) out of reach of children for safety.
You may find contradictory information elsewhere as to the potential hazards of these stones, as I am not a mineralogist nor a health care practitioner. I recommend being cautious and using unconventional indirect methods for making elixirs and other consumables unless you're certain of what you're doing. To be on the safe side, consider these stones, and any stones you don't know for sure about, to be poisonous to eat, drink, or otherwise consume.
Information provided by White Magick Alchemy, White Magick Crystals and crystalsandjewelry.com