June 16, 2024
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Energetic Cleansing: Purifying Jewelry for Positive Vibes and Spiritual Protection

There are a lot of different ways modern humans weave magic into their daily lives, we might not be conscious of it but the jewellery we wear can act like talismans or lucky charms that protect us and absorb energy everywhere we go. Have you ever lost a ring or a crystal? Well, it is believed that if you lose a piece of jewellery it is actually protecting you from harm, and this is something I definitely believe in. The power of jewellery goes beyond its physical beauty; it carries with it an invisible energy that can protect us from harm, but this also means that it is so important to cleanse and purify these pieces so that we don’t carry around the negative energies they might have absorbed. Here are some helpful tools and techniques about energetic cleansing to purify your jewellery.

What Is Energetic Cleansing?

Energetic cleansing is a spiritual or metaphysical practice aimed at clearing negative energy from an object or a space and restoring a sense of balance and positive energy. It’s based on the belief that objects, like jewellery, can absorb and hold onto the energies from their surroundings, which can be both positive and negative. The purpose of energetic cleansing is to remove any negative, stagnant, or unwanted energies to allow for a renewal of positive vibrations.

With jewellery, energetic cleansing is thought to help ensure that the pieces you wear continue to bring positive benefits, such as good luck, protection, or emotional well-being, rather than potentially carrying negative energies that could affect you in various ways.

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How To Cleanse Your Jewellery? – The Best Methods To Use

There are several effective methods for energetically cleansing and purifying your jewellery. Some commonly recommended methods include:


Smudging is a traditional practice used by various indigenous cultures, particularly among Native Americans and other First Nations people, for purification and cleansing purposes. It involves burning specific herbs and using the resulting smoke to cleanse a person, place, object, or even an energetic space. The smoke is believed to attach itself to negative energies and as the smoke clears, it takes these energies with it, leaving the area or item cleansed and filled with positive energy.

The most common herb used for smudging is white sage, but other herbs and materials can also be used, each with its own specific properties and benefits. Here are a few alternatives you can use:

  • Cedar: for purification and to attract good spirits.
  • Sweetgrass: to bring in positive energies after negative energies have been banished.
  • Lavender: for calming, peace, and for a restful sleep.
  • Palo Santo: is a type of wood that comes from South America and is known for its strong cleansing properties.

Here’s a basic guide on how to smudge an item, like jewellery:

  • Light the Smudging Material: Ignite the tip of the sage bundle or herb with a lighter or a match. Once it’s lit, gently blow out the flame to allow the herbs to smoulder and smoke.
  • Set an Intention: It can be helpful to state a specific intention or say a prayer for what you want to clear out or bring into the space during the smudging ritual.
  • Circulate the Smoke: Pass your jewellery through the smoke, allowing the smoke to envelop the item. Some people use a feather or their hand to waft the smoke over and around the object.
  • Ventilation: Ensure that the room is well-ventilated; open windows or doors to allow an exit for the smoke and the energies it is believed to carry.
  • Extinguish Safely: Once you have finished smudging, it’s important to extinguish the smudge stick safely. You can do this by pressing the burning tip firmly into an abalone shell, a fireproof container filled with sand, or by running it underwater to ensure that the embers are no longer burning.


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Saltwater Bath

Another method for cleansing and purifying jewellery is by giving them a saltwater bath. Saltwater baths are a common practice for purifying and cleansing jewellery. And if you have had a particularly tough and ungrounding way yourself, taking a saltwater bath will have the same energetically cleansing effect on your body as well. Here is how to prepare a saltwater bath for your jewellery:

  • Preparation: Combine salt (sea salt is often preferred) with water in a bowl. The ratio doesn’t need to be precise, but the water should be salty enough to replicate the sea, which is often considered a natural purifier.
  • Immersing Jewellery: Place your jewellery in the saltwater solution. Make sure the items are fully submerged. Some metals or stones may be sensitive to salt and water, so it’s important to know whether your jewellery can withstand this cleansing method without damage.
  • Rinse and Dry: After the cleansing time has passed, remove your jewellery from the saltwater, rinse it under fresh water, and dry it thoroughly to prevent any potential water damage or tarnishing.
  • Disposal of Water: It is often suggested to dispose of the saltwater after the cleansing process is complete, as it’s believed to be filled with the negative energies removed from the jewellery. This water should ideally be returned to the earth, perhaps by pouring it outside onto the soil, signifying a return to nature and symbolizing the cycle of cleansing and renewal.

It’s important to note that not all jewellery materials are suitable for a saltwater bath. Some gemstones may be porous or have other characteristics that make them vulnerable to damage from salt and water. For example, porous stones like turquoise, opal, or pearls might be damaged by salt or water exposure. Always check whether your particular type of jewellery can be safely cleaned in this way to avoid causing any harm to your pieces.


Moonlight is often considered to have a soothing and cleansing energy, making it a popular method for purifying jewellery. Using moonlight for energetic cleansing is a practice rooted in various spiritual traditions and beliefs surrounding the moon’s influence on energy. The practice involves placing your jewellery, in a location where they will be exposed to the light of the moon, often during specific phases of the moon cycle. Here are some key points about moonlight cleansing:

  • Phases of the Moon: Many practitioners believe that certain moon phases are more powerful for cleansing and charging objects. The full moon, in particular, is often chosen for its believed strong and purifying energy. The new moon is another phase that is sometimes used, especially for setting new intentions and beginnings, this is extremely powerful if you want to charge your items with a particular intention or energy.
  • Exposure Time: Items can be left out in the moonlight overnight to absorb the moon’s energy. The duration can vary, but a common practice is to set the jewellery out from dusk until dawn.
  • Intentions: Setting intentions or conducting a ritual can be part of placing items in the moonlight, where one might focus on what energies they wish to clear or what energy they desire the item to hold.
  • Safety and Practicality: It’s important to make sure that the jewellery is placed securely and in a safe location. Also, certain gemstones might be sensitive to prolonged exposure to light, so it’s worth considering the materials of your jewellery before leaving it out all night.
  • Additional Elements: Sometimes, additional elements like placing the jewellery on a bed of natural crystals or using water in conjunction with moonlight are incorporated to enhance the cleansing process. This can supercharge your pieces with additional energy and vibrations.



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Soil Energy

Soil energy is another method that can be used to cleanse and recharge your jewellery. Nothing is more grounding than the literal earth itself. Burying jewellery or stones in the soil is another method some people use for energetic cleansing. There is a belief that the Earth has a natural ability to absorb and neutralize negative energies from objects. Here’s is how:

  • Finding the Right Spot: Choose a place in the soil that you feel is energetically conducive to the cleansing process. This could be in your garden, a potted plant, or another natural environment.
  • Burying the Item: Gently bury your jewellery or stone in the soil, ensuring that it is completely covered. For additional energetic properties, some may choose to bury the item under a full moon or during a specific time of day. Just remember exactly where you placed it as the Earth has a sneaky way of swallowing up objects!
  • Duration: The length of time you leave the item buried can vary. Some might leave it for 24 hours, while others may choose a longer period, such as several days or until the next full moon. It all depends on what your intuition is telling you and if you have been through anything recently that you feel requires a deeper cleansing.
  • Unearthing and Cleansing: Once the desired time has passed, carefully dig up the item. Cleanse any remaining soil from the piece, usually with water, being mindful of any sensitive materials that might not tolerate water well.
  • Recharging: After the physical dirt is cleaned off, some believe the item will also have been energetically ‘recharged’ by the Earth’s energy, this will give it a more grounding energy that can support you as you wear this piece again.

It is important to remember that not all items are suitable for burial. Some materials can be damaged by prolonged contact with soil and moisture, such as metals that might tarnish or oxidize. Remember to do your research about the specific properties of your jewellery or stones before using the soil energy method for cleansing and recharging.

A Final Word About Energetic Cleaning

Cleansing and recharging your jewellery and stones is a vital part of maintaining their energetic integrity and maximizing their healing properties. By removing any accumulated negative energies, you can ensure that your jewellery or stones continue to support your well-being and spiritual growth. Do this regularly to maintain the optimal energetic state of your items and to promote a harmonious connection between yourself and the crystals or jewellery.

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