Toxic Gemstones, from O to R

Find out if you have toxic gemstones, from O to R. If you aren’t sure how to handle some stones, this is a good reference for you to figure out which toxic crystals to avoid.

Have you been working with toxic gemstones? Check the list below to help you learn which gems are potentially dangerous. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but has many of the most common crystals, as well as some of the rare minerals.

Always check to be sure that the stones used in your essence or elixir are non-toxic. If you are unsure, for most stones, essences and elixirs can be prepared using the Indirect Method.

Using the Indirect Gem Elixir method, toxic gemstones (or crystals you’re not sure about) are placed inside of a small, sealed glass container that has no water. The sealed jar is then placed in the water. You can also omit the container completely, and put crystals around the outside of the water container, instead. Using the Indirect Method, the stones never make contact with the water, but their energetic vibration is allowed to be transmitted through the conductive glass container into the water. This allows more unsafe crystals and toxic gemstones to be used for a safe gem essence or crystal elixir. However, there is a huge exception to this rule…

Radioactive stones and crystals should NEVER be used in the preparation of elixirs or essences. Indirect method does not prevent the danger of radioactive minerals. DO NOT use radioactive stones for this, ever! It’s safest to consider that all radioactive stones are toxic crystals when it comes to elixirs.

If you’re experimenting with elixirs, MAKE SURE you check this resource, and do your full research. Putting toxic gemstones in your water can lead to sickness or death if not done properly.



Toxic Gemstones: O

Olivenite – “The arsenide content of this precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir.” (Supplement A 323)

Opal – “Toxic or harmful stone. Toxic dust for inhalation…so if you must use opal for an elixir, etc., be sure to carefully clean off any opal dust.” (Harton)

Opal, Fire – “Can absorb water and crack” (Taylor 34).

Orpiment – Due to the softness of orpiment, the preparation of an elixir via the normal method is not recommended” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 464).  Do not use this mineral in any elixir.
“An arsenic.” (Jentoft)  Do not use this mineral in any elixir.
“Never Use.” (Lilly 34)  Do not use this mineral in any elixir.
“Orpiment is poisonous to touch and gives off arsenic vapors, so should never be used.” (Lilly 122)
“It is vitally important to make sure that the stone is not ingested. Orpiment contains the poison arsenic and must never be taken internally!” (Peschek-Böhmer 218)
“All Orpiment in the various shades of yellow contain poisonous arsenic and is therefore very dangerous. Used externally, it is completely safe.” (Peschek-Böhmer 219)
There are contradictory statements given by different authors as to whether or not Orpiment is safe to use externally. To be safe, always wash hands thoroughly after handling and NEVER use internally.
“Never use…toxic stone…[contains] arsenic.” (O’Donoghue 56)
“HIGHLY TOXIC levels of Arsenic.  Wash hands after use, keep away from children! Do not put hands near eyes or mouth before washing hands.” (Healing Crystals)
Orpiment contains Arsenic, so please wash hands thoroughly after handling.

Orthoclase – “Contains aluminum.” (Healing Crystals)

Osarizawaite – “Do not prepare an elixir via the normal method.” (Supplement Z 209)

Ox’s Eye – Please see Tiger’s Eye.



Toxic Gemstones: P

Pargasite – “Contains aluminum so it is not recommended for elixirs or immersing in water to charge it.” (Healing Crystals)

Paua Shell – Please see Abalone.

Peacock Ore – Please see Chalcopyrite.

Peacock Rock – Please see Chalcopyrite.

Peacock Stone – Please see Chalcopyrite.

Pearl – “Toxic or harmful stone. Organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in.” (Harton)
May be “artificially irradiated.” (Hibiscus)

Peridot of Ceylon – Please see Tourmaline.

Pietersite – “Do not use…for internal use. Contains aluminum.” (Sullivan).
“Fibrous form contains asbestos.” (Hibiscus)
“Similar to Tiger’s Eye. Fibrous form contains asbestos. Not recommended to use raw forms for elixirs. (Healing Crystals)

Pilsenite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method.” (Supplement Z 223)

Pit Amber – Please see Amber.

Plattnerite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method.” (Supplement Z 225)

Pollucite – “The slight content of Cesium in this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir.” (Supplement A 195)

Polysphaerite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method.” (Supplement Z 227)

Potch – Please see Opal.

Prehnite – “Contains aluminum.” (Hibiscus)
“Contains aluminum.” (Healing Crystals)

Proustite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method.” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 494)

Psilomelane – “Poisonous (barium).” (Jentoft) This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation.
“Toxic or harmful stone. Contains barium.” (Harton)
“Do not use for internal use. Contains barium.” (Sullivan)
“Contains barium.” (Hibiscus)
“Contains poisonous/toxic barium.” (Healing Crystals)

Pumice – Due to the soft nature of this stone, an elixir should only be prepared using the indirect method.

Purpurite – “Sensitive to water or washing solutions.” (Gienger 13)

Pyrite – “Poisonous (sulfur).” (Jentoft) This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation.
“Toxic or harmful stone. Contains sulphur.” (Harton)
“Do not use…for internal use.  Contains sulfur.” (Sullivan)
“Never let it come into contact with water!” (Peschek-Böhmer 231)
“Contains sulphur.” (Hibiscus)
“Sensitive to water or washing solutions.” (Gienger 13)
“May contain intermixed Marcasite. The Marcasite with time and exposure to oxygen, may form a white powdery substance/residue which is poisonous/toxic sulfuric acid. If this occurs you should not wear next to the skin or touch. Not recommended for elixirs.” (Healing Crystals)

Pyromorphite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method.” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 499)

Pyrope – Please see Garnet.



Toxic Gemstones: Q

Quantum Quatro Silica – “Contains poisonous/toxic copper.” (Healing Crystals)

Quantum Stone – Please see Quantum Quatro Silica.

Quartz – “Toxic or harmful stone.  Toxic dust for inhalation…so if you must use Quartz for an elixir etc., be sure to clean off any quartz dust.” (Harton) I have never heard this mentioned anywhere else so I do not know if there is any truth to it. However, it is always a good idea to rinse your stones before using them to prepare an elixir.

Quartz, Smokey – May be “artificially irradiated.” (Hibiscus)

Quartz, Smoky – Please see Quartz, Smokey.



Toxic Gemstones: R

Realgar – “Poisonous (sulfur and arsenic). Keep away from children!)” (Jentoft) This mineral should not be used in any elixir.
“Never use.” (Lilly 34)
“Poisonous and should not be used in crystal healing (Arsenic Sulfide).” (Lilly 97)
“Toxic or harmful stone. Contains sulfur and arsenic.” (Harton)
“Do not use…for internal use. Contains sulfur and arsenic.” (Sullivan)
“Contains sulphur and arsenic.” (Hibiscus)
“HIGHLY TOXIC levels of arsenic. Wash hands after use, keep away from children!  Do not put hands near eyes or mouth before washing hands.” (Healing Crystals)

Record Stone – “Due to the possible solubility of the attendant minerals, do not prepare an elixir via the normal method.” (Supplement Z 287)

Rhodicite – Please see Rhodizite

Rhodizite – “The slight possible content of Cesium in this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir.” (Supplement A 245)

Rhodochrosite – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains lead.” (Harton)

Rhodolite – Please see Garnet.

Royal Azel – Please see Sugilite.

Rubellite – May be “artificially irradiated.” (Hibiscus)

Please see also see Tourmaline.

Ruby – “Toxic or harmful stone.  Contains aluminum.” (Harton)
“Contains aluminum.” (Hibiscus)
“Contains aluminum.” (Healing Crystals)
Please also see Corundum.

Ruby Silver – Please see Proustite.

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List compiled by Ashley Leavy, at Crystal Healer.

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