image empathic broken crystalThis is addressing the second part of a question posed to me (the first part of the question is found here). The questioner asked:

Sometimes [crystals]  jump from my hand or I drop another crystal on them accidentally, etc. I am brand new at this and don’t know how to proceed. Thank you” – K. S.


If you live with crystals for long, there will unfortunately come a day when breakage occurs. Either by dropping them to the floor or onto a hard surface, or even as in the case mentioned above, dropping something on them or clanking them against one another. It happens.

It’s sad and usually heartbreaking for me, especially if it is a favorite crystal. We never want to cause harm or injury to those we love.

The positive note: there is almost always a lesson to be learned in the breaking.

Many times, a “flawless” crystal will be dropped or dinged while in the care of a person, and the person usually feels terrible about this, that it is somehow their fault and that they have “ruined” an otherwise “perfect” crystal.

The message I have received from the Crystal People over and over again, is that more often than not, the crystal has chosen to be damaged in order to assist the person with a lesson on self love and acceptance (and forgiveness!).

empathic broken crystalA further bit of proof of this is that not every crystal which is dropped breaks, and not every crystal which is broken has been dropped.

What does this mean? It is important to note that Empathic crystals bring out compassionate feelings in us. (Empathic crystals are crystals which are chipped, broken or damaged.) When we see a chipped or damaged crystal, we tend to show it love. Even more so if the “damage” is caused by our own hand. The crystal picks up this empathy and amplifies it.

The empathy continues from there on! Remember, a crystal will encounter many people during its lifespan. Each person that expresses compassion for the damage on the crystal increases the empathetic energy of the crystal. It is a cycle that builds and repeats.

Therefore, if the unfortunate happens and you do break a favorite crystal, work with this special empathic energy.

In any circumstance in which you need to bring compassion into the mix, you might work with an Empathic (chipped, broken or damaged) crystal. If it is a crystal which has broken in your care, meditate on the type of crystal, the circumstances, and how it makes you feel that this happened.

Do you need to practice forgiveness of self? Come to terms with imperfections? Learn to accept perceived flaws?

I usually find more often than not that the compassion and forgiveness needed is toward self. Again, especially if the “damage” is caused by you. I tend to get hyper judgmental and hard on myself in these situations and it is hard to forgive myself! I find it is easy to feel compassion for and to forgive others for their mistakes, but we are much harder on ourselves. We expect to be perfect or not “flawed”.

empathic broken crystalIf we work with an Empathic crystal, we can see how much we still love this crystal, not simply in spite of its damage, but a lot of times, because of it. We are able to see what this crystal has gone through in its lifetime and  still it perseveres.

The crystal doesn’t hold any ill will toward us for its change in shape and or resulting flaws, chips or dings. It still just as happily receives and returns our love and acceptance. It is still beautiful and worthy. It isn’t sad or angry at us for “breaking” it, nor should we be angry at ourselves!

In the creation of the damage, the Empathic (chipped, broken or damaged) crystal helps to remind us to be forgiving of our mistakes. In the actual damage, it reminds us to apply the same feelings of love, acceptance and compassion for our own perceived “flaws”.

So! Don’t feel all is lost if you damage a favored crystal, see the lesson in it, forgive yourself, love your crystal MORE and move on!

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About Genn

Genn John has been acting as the legs for the Crystal People as the Keeper at Arkansas Crystal Works, an internet-based source for crystals and crystal knowledge, since 1995. Having accepted the honor to be their voice as well, she is the author of Understanding The Crystal People: A Handbook for Lightworkers; a crystal reference book for people who desire to fully understand their connection to the crystal kingdom and who wish to enhance their working knowledge of these majestic beings. Genn has also published a 4 part series of coloring books which are a useful tool for anyone with an interest in learning the anatomical structures of quartz crystals. It features precise, extraordinary hand-drawn designs crafted especially for easy coloring and interactive study. Find the store and more at, or her blog at To connect: email -, facebook -, Instagram - gennjohn or Twitter @GennJohn.

14 Responses to CRYSTALS WHICH ARE BROKEN IN OUR CARE: what it means

  1. Patty says:

    I’m so happy I found your words! I have an Angelite that has been through so much with me, and I absolutely adore her! But for some reason I just keep dropping her and she falls on the same spot, chipping a bit more every time. And every time my heart breaks more, and I apologize profusely like I just stepped on a puppy’s tail. “Oh honey I’m so sorry!! Are you okay??” Yesterday I was showing a friend her chips and saying how I feel so awful that I keep dropping her, and the words just came out of my mouth, “But she always forgives me, and right away.” Exactly!! The lesson she continues to give me is that of forgiveness. She’s an angel! I had never considered the empathy that then emanates, though, but that makes so much sense. Thanks for your post! 🙂

  2. Vanessa says:

    Hi! I am what some people term an incarnated angel and one of my major flaws is an inability to accept or tolerate imperfection. My crystal dropping and breaking is actually helping me to deal with and learn to accept imperfection. I am learning to appreciate it all the more because of it’s new imperfections.

    • Genn says:

      This is a hard lesson, isn’t it, Vanessa! It’s nice to have our crystal friends to remind us that our flaws sometimes are what makes us more lovable. Thanks for your comment!

  3. ROBYN M.SILVER says:

    I dropped my crystal wand right after I purchased it .I took it out of the bag and it fell out of my hand and broke in half. At first I was angry and disappointed in myself, but after reading what you wrote I do feel better about breaking them.I picked them up and held them and now I have two wands to work with. They are still beautiful.

  4. Peaches says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I broke my rose quartz into two pieces and just about died. I always carried it in my bra and sleep with it under my pillow. So to read this makes all the sense in the world to me. Just last night i dreamth that my waistbeads broke and scattered on the floor. Today my rose quartz fell on the floor and broke. Hummmm maybe a strong message. I was also wondering if i was a empath I believe i know my answer. Thanks again…

    • Genn says:

      It IS so difficult when these things happen, but like you said, for a reason. I’m glad this post spoke to you and hopefully gives you a little peace about it happening and maybe some insight as to what the lesson is. Thanks for your comment!

  5. flowerpower56 says:

    I recently received a crystal from a friend who passed away last year. I was cleaning it and dropped and broke it. I feel terrible. I am hoping I can at least glue it back together. Your comments did make me feel a little better. thank You!

  6. Gabi says:

    This might be called serendipity … I found your blog cause I was searching for an answer to a broken crystal question:) Yours was the first one I read and found an answer that really speaks to me and would like to share.
    I have a number of stones – malachite, hematite, cornaline, a little smokey quartz and a rose quartz point – in a bowl in my meditation corner. Today I felt off all throughout this morning, some sort of stressed feeling and upset.I was going through one of those days when negative self talk about physical appearance goes on. The inner critic was full on:)
    It got me really upset and full of frustration and that frustration manifested in an abrupt, angry mouvement that caused my bowl to flip and the crystals and gems to drop.
    Of all the crystal and gems that dropped the one that happened to be chipped was the rose quartz…
    Rose quartz being about self love, unconditional love for one self and others, compassion .

    You say
    “Do you need to practice forgiveness of self? Come to terms with imperfections? Learn to accept perceived flaws?”

    YES, YES AND YES. The chipped rose quartz is a clear indication that I do. And I will. I will start meditation with my chipped rose quartz, asking for forgiveness and loving light.
    Your feedback will be appreciated.
    Thank you for this post,

    • Genn says:

      WOW! Thanks for sharing, Gabi! Your rose quartz was really talking to you, wasn’t it!!!?? Your meditation with it sounds like a beautiful plan. Now you can look at your crystal, (that you love), and remind yourself to love YOURSELF with all your chips, dings, and perceived flaws. You are perfect, just as you are. Here’s another blog post that you might find helpful on Empathic crystals (which your rose quartz is now). Often the lesson of Empathic crystals is to remember to be compassionate and empathetic to our OWN chips, dings and perceived flaws and to remember we are still beautiful, whole, lovable and worthy. Thank you again, so much, for sharing!

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