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 - [email protected], facebook -, Instagram - gennjohn or Twitter @GennJohn.

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

  1. Luna says:

    Hi there thanks for the article I will really appreciate your help. I am travelling and wanted to keep my rose kwartz safe (it was a gift from my spiritual teacher and is very important to me especually because i’m looking for a partner and love) suddently while i wanted to wrap it better, it just fell of my hands and cracked to two parts. I’m heart broken and feel sooo gilty. Is it possible to glue it back? And don’t understand the meaning

    • Genn says:

      Hey Luna! Apologies for taking so long to reply, I didn’t see this message! Don’t be worried about your stone breaking being a “negative omen”. If there is a message, really only you can know for sure. But take comfort and rest assured that the crystal isn’t sending you a negative message, they don’t do that. Have you been able to think about the possible meaning since you wrote? You can certainly glue it back together if you and the crystal feel that is the way to proceed, or leave it in two pieces. Sometimes the message of a broken talisman is to find the wholeness and “magic” in yourself rather than depending on the talisman to bring us what we desire? (Meaning that the breaking of the crystal doesn’t have to mean that you should feel guilty or heart broken (implying that because it broke you can’t find love).) I hope this makes sense, and again, my sincere apologies for taking so long to reply.

  2. Amon says:

    Thank you for this article, really helpful & peace bringing 🙂 i have a particularly energetic quartz double point that i’ve dinged & chipped a few times, the most recent time was particularly traumatic (for ME, haha) and upon asking if it would like to be laid down, it always tells me how much it loves & still wants (needs) to be with me 🙂 and yes indeed, she feels so much more charged up—— offering of compassion—— each time she’s been dinged!

    My question is about a selenite orb & red selenite pyramid i accidentally left in the rain. They’ve lost a little luster & have some spots, i’m wondering how best to offer healing to them? I also read somewhere that since selenite is formed from water, water doesn’t actually energetically tarnish it. Input? 🙂 many thanks!!

    • Genn says:

      Hey Amon! Sounds like you and your special crystal are doing well. As to the selenite, it is a very soft stone and is water soluble. (I had a friend put some in a creek and they shrunk considerably by the time he realized and took them out.) The water on your selenite has probably dissolved a thin layer off them both, in effect dissolving unevenly and making the polished surface lose luster. The spots could be slightly more dissolved places leaving the appearance of “spots”. Not much you can do physically to fix (unless you had polishing equipment)… but you can offer them love and learn to accept their new appearance. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Laura Ormenisan says:

    Hello Genn! I have a beautiful citrine that has broken today in two pieces. It is interesting that before it broke I wrote in my therapy notebook what I learned about being wealthy in my childhood. Not great things. I m reading a book about changing financial habits now and I have to do some exercises. I tried to glue my citrine but it doesn’t want to stick back. What should I do with it? I still love it. Thank you!

    • Genn says:

      Hey Laura! Sounds like your citrine wants to be left in two pieces. Perhaps there is more message to be seen in the breaking regarding the childhood lessons you were working on. Maybe it is a physical demonstration of “breaking away” from old patterns and ways of thinking (and that the patterns don’t need to be put back to the way they were before, time for something new). I would work with the citrine same as before, but as two pieces, and also explore the parallels of “breaking” and “old habits”. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lalini says:

    Hello I keep a lapis lazuli wand under my pillow each night when I sleep. Today as I was adjusting the pillow it fell and broke in half. I am sad but I know it will still do the job. Does this mean the 2nd part needs to be somewhere else?
    Thank you 🙏

    • Genn says:

      Hello Lalini! I’m sorry to hear about your wand. The best advice I can give is to follow your inner guidance about this. Do you feel like part of it would better serve from another location? Perhaps the pointed end could be put to a more focused use and the non-pointed end more diffuse (assuming it is not a double terminated wand, that is)

      • Lalini says:

        Hello Genn Thank You for your quick response. That is the same thing I felt. I thought I will give it a rest by burying under a tree leave to recover and nurture itself then reuse it. 🙏🏼❤️

  5. Jason Seidel says:

    Hello Glenn,
    I have an important question.
    I did a big mistake today…
    I was very angry and frustrated earlier today. I held my clear quartz in my hand and just out of nowhere I threw it on the ground and it shattered into six pieces what am I supposed to do?!
    Can I glue it bag together and burry it for a few weeks in the soil so it can heal? That what I read in an article before I came here.

    • Genn says:

      Hey Jason! My sincere apologies for taking so long to respond, I wasn’t getting notifications about new comments. I’m sorry to hear about this incident with your crystal. It is good to acknowledge your mistake in the injuring. You can try to glue it back together or you can leave it in pieces. Either way it can serve as a reminder as to the consequences of our actions when we act out in anger and frustration (often innocents get harmed, or we harm ourselves). It is perfectly natural to experience these emotions, don’t misunderstand my reply. Seeing that the crystal is now broken and forever changed is a good reminder to be mindful of how we react when angry and do our best not to turn our anger on something or someone else. The crystal being broken now, you see it will never be the same (even if you glue it back together). It is the same with when we lash out at ourselves or others in anger and frustration. It is never our intention to willfully harm another, but it does happen when we find ourselves in pain, probably more often than we realize. Ask your crystals’ forgiveness, forgive yourself, and do your best to be more mindful of your actions in future. I hope you find this reply helpful, and please know I am not passing judgment. Things happen and we lash out. Best to learn from our reactions. Thanks for your comment. <3

  6. Elaine says:

    I used my iron pyrate rose on a healing grid. On picking it up two sections lifted off the stone. I have pieced them together but not stuck them. Can I use the stone as it is, can I use the broken pieces as separate pyrate crystals? I do feel sad and yet the plainness inside to the beauty outside seems to have a message – that from something so ordinary there can be such beauty. I would so welcome your thoughts and comments if possible.

    • Genn says:

      Hello Elaine! My sincere apologies for taking so long to respond, I wasn’t getting notifications about new comments and they aren’t posting to the website as they should. You can absolutely use the stone as it is and it sounds like you have excellent insights on the message. Perfect! I have nothing to add, except keep on doing what you’re doing! Thanks for your comment!

    • Jasmine says:

      Hello I came across your article and I have a bit of a question I got me and my mother clear quortz necklaces my mom didn’t even get to wear her necklace but she did hold it and did take a look at it she noticed that it had good size chip came off but she doesnt know how it happend because she didnt touch it she is worried that if she wears it that it will be bad luck she continued to tell me upset saying that she is broken enough and know that it’s chipped it’s upset her but she put it on today because I told her it’s trying to teach her a lesson about her self and the crazy part is I got her just a regular silver necklace for mothers day and the necklace was called beautifully broken what do u think is the best way to ease my mother about this and the best way to heal this crystal

      • Genn says:

        Hey Jasmine! Apologies for taking so long to reply, I didn’t see this message! Have her read this blog post, maybe it will ease her mind. The best way to heal the crystal is to love it, just as it is, dings and all (same way we heal “broken” people). Thanks for reaching out!

  7. Lucy Preston says:

    I broke my selenite wand it and a fluorite tip on one end, I had put it beside my bed, as have been feeling my mother close who almost 6yrs ago. I bought it on our 1 special day trip to Glastonbury, a wonderful day, it chose me. I was busy cleaning and knocked it off my bedside table. The tip of fluorite has clean come away. I was very sad, then I found your post. And it has helped me understand My situation right now. I’ve felt an incredible surge this week, even with all that is happening in our world right now, I have felt a shift and another awakening, and been channeling again, great and ancient wisdom and knowledge. And even through all the fear and darkness around this virus that is claiming lives, I have found love and hope, and a peace I have not felt in many many years. Reconnection with The All X my heartfelt thanks and love

    • Genn says:

      Lucy~ Thank you for taking the time to share your story! I am so glad that finding this blog post helped you to shift your perspective. SO happy to hear you are in a place of love, peace and hope. Stay well out there. Sending a virtual hug!

  8. Terri says:

    Hi Genn! I just found your post and I was really touched! A few weeks ago, I was showing a friend my red jasper stone. I told her that I was drawn to purchase it because of the way it fit the curves of my palms exactly. And immediately after I stated this, it fell from my palm onto the pavement and split in half. She laughed because of the irony and because I started tearing up hehe. I should mention that I’m not particularly knowledgeable about crystals but I’m trying to learn more as I’ve always had empathic sensibilities. I didn’t realize that I needed to bury the stone though and now I genuinely feel guilty that I’ve neglected it for this long. Would I still have time to bury it if this happened almost a month ago? Thanks again for this post, it really has brought me some comfort and taught me how to care for, respect and appreciate stones and crystals that I hadn’t realized before!

    • Genn says:

      Hey Terri ! Sorry to hear about your jasper. The burying isn’t a necessity, just a possible suggestion of many so don’t feel guilty or neglectful! You can keep the two pieces together, you can keep one and gift one to a friend, you can bury, you can glue, you can keep the two pieces together but not affixed… Whatever you feel led to do!! I’m glad the post helped you and brought you some insights about our mineral friends!! Thanks for sharing!

      • Supriya says:

        dear ma’am didn’t understand the meaning “you can glue but not affixed”
        Isn’t glueing affixing??

        • Genn says:

          Hey Supriya! I think you are referring to this comment “…you can glue, you can keep the two pieces together but not affixed…” ? What I mean is you can place the two pieces together (as in side by side) but not glue them (so they remain separate). Hope this clarifies 🙂

    • Alison says:

      I worked late and was exhausted, forgot my silk bag of my daily carry stones in my pocket and washed my jeans. My anxiety is terrible, I’m heartbroken over this!
      My blue agate, green aventurine and carnelian are fine-but should I do anything because of the wash?
      My rose quartz chipped. This is one of my favorite stones! What can I do to restore anything that may have been lost? Please advise/help, I would be extremely grateful!

      • Genn says:

        Hey Alison! First let me soothe your heartbreak and anxiety. You haven’t done anything “wrong” or caused irreparable harm. Everything is OK. Crystals are strong and resilient and a good tumble through the wash won’t hurt them at all. Had they been softer stones like selenite (which can dissolve in water) or opal, you might have had a different outcome (but still nothing to blame or berate yourself for). As you said, your agate, aventurine and carnelian are fine and will remain so, so no worries there. As to your rose quartz… do you still have the chip? Is the chipped area of the rose quartz sharp or dangerous (will it cut you)? These aren’t questions to make you feel you have damaged it (that the crystal is upset by the chipping), but to ask if you are safe to continue using the stone. If the chipped area isn’t sharp, I would continue as usual. Show the rose quartz some love. Is it possible you have not been loving to yourself lately? The rose quartz may have chosen to chip in order to remind you to love your OWN chips, even (and especially) the ones you cause to yourself. Rather than heartbreak and anxiety, take this lesson from your rose quartz to love yourself more and be kinder to yourself. You were exhausted and simply forgot. No more self flagellation. Your crystals certainly don’t choose that for you. You have been carrying them around in your pocket, they know your heart and love you. All is well.

  9. Beth says:

    Hi, just a few minutes ago I was organizing my desk, and I was putting all my rose quartz type thing on top of something. I have a pentacle necklace with a rose quartz on it, when I went to take it off it slipped and fell on the floor resulting in it breaking in half. I’ve had lots of bad luck the past few months, and a few bumpy roads in my friendships. I didn’t exactly know what to do, because I couldn’t find the other piece so I thanked the crystal for its work and buried it outside. Did I do the right thing? I eventually found the other piece but I’m not sure what to do with it? One of my good friends recently broke up with her s/o, should I give it to her? I’m very lost, as I’m a baby witch and this has never happened before. Thanks so much!

    • Genn says:

      Hey Beth! Thanks for reaching out. First off, you did the right thing by responding to your instinct (which was to thank the crystal and bury it). So, trust your gut that you did do the right thing! You might want to thank and bury the other half as well, since you were led to do that with the first half. You really can’t go wrong here, especially when you do whatever it is you felt led to do (for whatever reason). However, if your gut tells you to share the other piece with your friend, do that. Be sure to cleanse and clear before doing so. Thanks for your question!

  10. Sandra says:

    Five months ago I have received aa a gift rose quartz bracelet that I simply love. Since then, bracelet broke twice. The first time it broke while I was putting my top on, simply broke in half and stones fell on the ground. I was very very sad. Bracelet was under warranty so I got replacement , totally new which just broke a month after, woke up with bracelet broken in half. I know there is a lots envy around me and some people with not good intentions/ bad energy. What is my bracelet telling me? Also, a month before I got my bracelet ( from my godmother) my long time relationship ended. I have strong feeling that there is some sort of message in all of it. Thanks

    • Genn says:

      Hey Sandra! Thanks for your question. First off, if you feel there is a message, it is best to go to your inner guidance and ask, because you will know better than I. That being said, you might have already done that and couldn’t get an accurate message FROM yourself TO yourself (that happens a LOT). My first instinct is to simply consider that it is faulty workmanship. If the bracelet came from the same manufacturer and both broke in the same way, that would be the direction I would go. Have you tried restringing the beads with stronger jewelry wire and a stable clasp? However, if you feel there is a message, perhaps there is. Since rose quartz is about love, and if you have people around you with envious or bad energy, it might be telling you to love yourself, in spite of “broken energy around you”. Sit with the bracelet and ask the rose quartz if there IS a message in the breaking. Since the quartz itself didn’t break, I am still leaning towards poor workmanship in the construction. Hope this helps!

    • Amy says:

      Dear Genn,
      Nearly 6 months ago my mum brought me a rose quartz as my father was dying in a hospice. I’ve just accidentally washed it in my jeans pocket and then it’s fallen on to a stone floor and some has cleanly broken off…..what do I do, what could this mean? I’m struggling with my grief and I feel full of despair that the crystal my mum gave me to help during a difficult time has broken. I have also been having difficulties within my marriage, is this a sign? Thanks in advance

      • Genn says:

        Amy~ Please don’t despair. I understand having a stone with such significance break in this way can leave one with a certain sense of panic, worry and uncertainty. Don’t worry. The way I read it, your rose quartz is simply mirroring your current situation, and reminding you to care for yourself and love yourself even though you have been recently “broken”. Love yourself more. If you find it difficult to show yourself this unconditional love at first, love your poor little broken rose quartz. It will reflect the love back to you. After doing this for awhile, try sending yourself the same love. Just as it was broken thorough no fault of its own (or any fault… things happen!), you, too, were also “wounded” with the passing of your father. The times right now are very difficult, energies are running high and there is discord and fear in the air. I can’t speak to the situation with your husband, but just keep these things in mind. I see the main theme of the breaking as LOVE YOURSELF. Keep your chin up. Know all is well, even when it sometimes doesn’t feel like it is.

        • Amy says:

          Thank you. The loss of my Dad is massive and I literally feel like my heart is broken, it physically hurts. I feel very vulnerable and lost. My husband I think finds emotions difficult to handle, he did say he’s lost his father in law and wife too because I’m so taken up with grief and just trying to function. I guess it’s playing out in some of the moody behaviours he is expressing.

          • Genn says:

            Be gentle with yourself. Be gentle with your relationship with your husband. Grief can be a murky place to wade through, remember to be kind to one another and kind to yourselves. Ask your rose quartz to assist and when you see the break there, remind yourself that you, too, are on your way back to wholeness (or to understanding the shape of the “new you”)… different, but still loving and lovable. Sending you soothing balm and lots of love.

  11. Abey says:

    Hi Genn
    I recently purchased a selenite charging bowl on my travels and upon my return and unpack I have opened it back up and the lip has split in half and it’s no longer a bowl really it’s a sort of half moon shape … I was/am so upset when i found it and i wasn’t sure what to do , I know i could keep it but in terms of using it now how can I use the energies you mentioned of empathy energy, also can I still use it to charge crystals or would you recommend any other uses? What’s your take on it?

    Thank you so much for your time , I hope you’re having a good new year so far!


    • Genn says:

      Hey Abey! Ugh. Sorry to hear about that. It’s so disappointing, isn’t it!? I completely understand the upset! That being said, I would absolutely still use it for charging my crystals. I can’t really envision the new shape, but I am guessing it won’t easily sit flat (meaning not wobbly). If not, you can use a small beanbag or bit of folded cloth or something to make a little “stand” for stability. Go ahead and proceed with the original use. If that was to charge your other stones, continue on! Take the moment to acknowledge the break. Maybe see it that sometimes WE are broken in two and it feels like we will never be whole or useful again. We are changed, certainly, but can still be useful but maybe in a different way than we originally pictured ourselves being. If the pieces will fit back together to make the bowl whole again, you can consider gluing it if this feels right to you. I have found that Goop glue doesn’t yellow. If you are crafty, you could glue it and then put gold leaf along the crack. There is a Japanese principle the “art of precious scars”… from Google – Lifegate: “The Japanese art of kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride.” Just some suggestions. Try and enjoy the new shape of your bowl. Honor the journey it took in the becoming of something different but still useful! Happy 2020 to you as well!

  12. Tito says:


    Quick question. I bought a blue stone pendant that I’ve been wearing for about 2 months. I just noticed it has blood inside the tip portion. There’s no signs of cracks or wear on the stone. It was in clean conditions before today. I’m creeped out. Does this mean anything? Would love some feedback. Thanks!

    • Genn says:

      Hey Tito! Unfortunately I really don’t have any helpful feedback on this… it is possible that the stone had a reddish inclusion that you didn’t notice until today or ?? It is also possible that there is a hairline fracture in the stone that you can’t see or feel but is there, none-the-less. Maybe something got in there, some water or something and it rusted? I wish I could offer more concrete suggestions, but that’s all I have. I wouldn’t worry about it or take it as a bad omen or sign, myself. However you have to go with your gut and how YOU feel about it. Wish I could have been of more help to you. Thanks for the inquiry!

  13. Ann says:

    I dropped my black hematite when putting it on the windowsill to charge during the lunar eclipse, it’s split in to three parts and looks like it’s been sliced almost…as I type this my chest is tight, I feel anxious. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Genn says:

      Hello Ann! Thanks for your question! I’m sorry to hear you dropped your hematite. It’s always sad when we break a stone. If you can, breathe through it. I have heard about hematite spontaneously shattering while being worn. What I am about to suggest is taken from that standpoint. This might not apply to your situation, see if it resonates. It is certainly possible that you simply dropped it (Freud’s “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”). However, since you had anxiety and physical symptoms related to the drop, there may be more to it. My theory is that you might have had these emotions (regarding anxiety) in your energy field (even on a deep subconscious level) and the hematite drew those emotions out, grounding them, (bringing them from the emotional plane into the physical). In so doing, the energy being grounded was strong and the hematite broke because of it or the shift caused you to fumble and drop. Good news is, the hematite will still work in pieces. I would cleanse and clear the stones to be sure. It’s good they got charged in the full moon, that will help, too. Work on releasing the anxiety that the hematite helped to loosen and free up, try not to hold onto it. To put a positive spin on the break, now you have 3 pieces of hematite instead of 1. I hope your anxiety has eased since the breaking and that this reply helps a little.

  14. Sheree says:

    Hello .
    So i recently separated from my partner. Whilst moving my furniture out if the house, i have somehow broken my clear quartz that i wear on mt necklace along with a rose quartz and amethyst. It has snapped clean in half. Im not sure exactly when it has happened and i dont remember getting them caufhy on anything as they usually sit under my top. Im not sure if this is a good or bad vibe.

    • Genn says:

      Hey Sheree~ I’m sorry to hear about your separation. That is never easy. I try not to assign any positive or negative connotation to these events in a blanket way… Meaning, sometimes there is a message, sometimes not. It depends on the situation, the person and how you feel and react to the breaking. I can say that we do try and assign meaning to these type of things (this is always a good thing… this is always a bad thing) but it is never this cut and dry. Take a look at how you feel about the crystal breaking, what feelings it brings up for you and meditate on that. You can even sit with the two pieces and ask the crystal if there is a message. Is it possible that it represents the split in your relationship? Sure. Is it possible it was simply broken because you klunked it on accident? Also possible. Look at how you feel about it and proceed from there. It might help to read all of the comments and my responses, as I know there is a lot in the other comments/replies that apply to your situation as well (short of me repeating it all here again). I hope this helps. Sending you love in this time of new transition.


    I received an angel crystal from a good friend. When i was home, I took it out of its bag and it fell on the floor breaking one of the wings in 2 pieces. I didn’t even have a chance to sit with it or clean it. Does this have a meaning behind it?
    Thank you in advance for your guidance.

    • Genn says:

      Hey Jennifer! Thanks for reaching out. This is always sad when our crystals break. The best way I have been able to figure out if there is a lesson or a meaning, is to sit with the outcome. Did you self blame when it happened? What were your reactions? If there was no internal dialog about the occurrence, it may just be that it broke because it is fragile. If you find that you had strong emotional reactions (I am so clumsy! look what I did! I’m a terrible person! ETC) then you might need to look at those reactions and see if there is any truth in them or just your knee jerk typical (habitual) responses. You’re really the only person who can determine whether there is a lesson in it for you. As I have said before, rose quartz is about love, but especially self love. Do you love yourself, even when you are obviously broken (broken wing)? Do you still feel lovable even after being broken? Do you feel hindered in flying, moving forward or like forward momentum sends you in circles? Just some things to look at to help you to suss out whether there is a message for you in this breaking. I hope it helped! Sending love to your angel and you. <3

    • Dominique Nicole says:

      Gift a piece. Now you have a truly empathic crystal. You own the bigger half and the wing that broke into two pieces can be given as two gifts to two people who need some extra loving and care.

  16. Jayne says:

    Hi, this morning I accidentally dropped my rose crystal and a lump broke off. Whilst I was picking it up a piece sliced my finger open. I didn’t notice until I saw the blood. I had bled over the crystal too. Does this mean anything? I am in the early stages of a divorce and can’t help but wonder. I cleaned the crystal in salt water and dried it in sunlight. It’s now sat by my bed. I feel sad at breaking it but it looks beautiful and, I guess, have two rose crystals now. Thank you.

    • Genn says:

      Hey Jayne! Sorry to hear about the divorce, energies are always sharp and painful with that, even when we are resolved that it is the best and right decision for us. The rose quartz breaking speaks volumes to me. Here’s what I see… First off, rose quartz is associated with love and relationship but mostly love (love of self, love of other). In your rose quartz breaking, I see how it is mirroring the love you experienced with your partner as breaking (one shared love becoming two). Also that there are sharp edges involved, to remind yourself to be careful with yourself and your fresh wounds so you don’t hurt yourself (or another) when not thinking. Not being aware that the crystal was broken until you saw that you were wounded I see as how you probably will encounter wounds in yourself (that you don’t even know are there) and you probably won’t discover them until you look down and see that you are “bleeding” (notice that you have been wounded). With divorce, this may be in a day, a week, even a year (or more) later. Keep your rose quartz pieces near as you take in its lessons for you. It is good that you also see the good in the occurrence. Meaning you feel sad at the breaking (sad about the relationship breaking in two) but you are still able to see the beauty in yourself and your now newly shaped relationship. Seeing the two pieces, maybe you can experience the separation of you and your former spouse as “different but still good”. I hope this helps!

      • Jayne says:

        Thank you so much.
        That was so insightful and it’s helping me feel more positive about the future – perhaps I do have one!! Xx
        I have two rose crystals now, not one broken one.
        Kindest wishes x

        • Genn says:

          Hey Jayne! You absolutely do have a future, and it is bright. It’s hard to go through this kind of trauma because we tend to put our nose right to the problem and pain we are in and forget to look up and out. Breathe and know you are supported and loved beyond measure. Remember to look up and out!

      • Anna says:

        Hello I have a rose quartz stone that I wear caged and around my neck as an necklace and my niece yesterday was interested in it and she accidentally pulled it and it just chipped a little on the side . I am currently in a great relationship we are coming up on are 3 years very soon and I couldn’t be more happier with how things are going between us . But also yesterday a ex of mines reached out to me I was just wondering if you could give me some insight of this situation

        • Genn says:

          Hey Anna! In my opinion, I don’t think the two are related (the crystal chipping and the ex). Sometimes crystals break and sometimes exes reconnect. It’s up to us how we handle the situation as it is presented to us.

  17. Alex Monk says:

    HI there

    I had my blue sodalite in my crop top and i took my top off forgetting it was in there. It broke when it hit the ground :0( i decided to still use it as i love it so much but i didnt glue the piece back on – i am not sure if i should glue it back on or just leave it as it with the end of the stone broken.

    • Genn says:

      Hey Alex! Sorry to hear about that. I’ve also dropped crystals that I forgot were in my shirt. The energy just blended in so well that I completely forgot there was something in there! Ugh. Anyway… If the edges aren’t sharp, you can go ahead and leave it as it is. If you feel better gluing it back together that’s ok too. It’s really up to you. I tend to leave them as is, but that’s just my preference. Thanks for your question!

  18. Kim says:

    I was very grateful to find this article on broken crystals. I bought a beautiful palm stone of Super Seven Crystals yesterday as I have been struggling with the death of a friend and feeling like I am “wilting” with trying to keep moving forward in excessive Summer heat. Once home I tucked it in my bra while I made a cool drink, anticipating a lovely sit down with my new crystal. As I bent over it fell from my bra and bounced across stone tiles, breaking off a chunk from one end and several tiny chipped pieces. I was devastated! I had only just bought it! So I did a little Google research with all the questions asked above…. Donning 3 pairs of glasses for extra magnifying I glued on the larger chunk with super glue (ironic super seven + super glue!) and was able to glue 2 smaller chips back, the rest was too minute. I decided that we now had a shared injury, both of us broken and in need of empathic care and compassion. I laid it to rest overnight surrounded by gentle loving energy crystals. This morning I used a piece of wetting sandpaper and gently polished off any sharp edges from my repair or from where chips remain. I lit some Reiki Healing incense and passed my crystal through the fragrant smoke then held it in meditation. I fully relate to your explanation of it now being an Empathic crystal and I feel a unique connection to it now, being an Empath myself. A devastating breakage has become a reminder that all things benefit from compassion, care and connection and I hold close the intention of kindness and nurturing the broken. My crystal now is a synchronous reminder of this value!
    Thankyou Glenn for your thoughts you shared!!

    • Genn says:

      Hey Kim! I’m sorry to hear about your friend and your struggle. And I am glad that you heard the message sent from this loving crystal. Remember to apply the same compassion, care and connection to yourself that you showed your crystal, and you have won the day! Thanks so much for sharing your experience in such detail. Love and blessings to you

  19. Dhristi Mehta says:

    Recently my rose Quartz heart shaped pendant broke into three pieces. I put it back by glue together. But I don’t know at the back of my mind and over thinking I feel as the Crystal fell, like now it’s unlucky for me to wear it. Also, does it change the energy when it breaks and also I put it back with glue, it was the right thing to do right? So shall I wear it or just get a new one?

    • Genn says:

      Hello Dhristi! Sorry to hear your pendant broke. Whether or not to continue wearing it has to be a decision you make yourself (it will depend ultimately on how it makes you feel when you wear it). Broken crystal can serve as a metaphor for our own brokenness and how we choose to see ourselves after the injury. My view is that after a broken heart, you can mend it, but you will probably always see (be aware) of the fact that it was broken… But after time, you get used to the new shape, the cracks and the unevenness, and instead of seeing the heartbreak (no pun intended) or the trauma that caused it, you begin to see the pain you endured and how you keep persevering. You see the breaks in a new light. Not as something “less than” because it was broken, but “more than” because now it has endured a major, literally shattering, event (and yet it has been made whole again). You see your wounds and choose to show them love, care and understanding (patience, even), not in SPITE of the breaks, but BECAUSE of them. If you can see your broken pendant in this light and show it (and yourself) unconditional love and honor the journey the trauma brought, perhaps it would be good to continue wearing it. But like I said, this has to be a decision you make for yourself. Determine how the broken heart pendant relates to your personal situation and how that makes you feel with the wearing. It is possible that if you can’t wear it, you can put it in a place of honor and remember to send it (and yourself) love when you see it. Thanks so much for your comment!

      • Dhristi Mehta says:

        The broken heart rose Quartz pendant doesn’t really relate to my personal current situation, at least not that I know of. The breaking of the Crystal was also cause my mom has told me to remove the pendant as we had to go for a function and it wasn’t matching my outfit and my mom was really keen but still I didn’t feel like removing it. Then after I came back from the function I wore it, then after a few minutes when I was walking, the pendant fell down as the chain wasn’t put in the right hook, so the chain was loose and the pendant fell. I’m so upset cause I had told my mom I didn’t want to remove it. Anyways, what’s done is done and I put it together and all pieces are there as well (I think). But since a few days a bit of more drama is happening in my life and negative stuff, at the back of my mind I think or wonder or feel that it could be cause my pendant broke and there might be a negative or a bad or a different energy in it. What do you think? Do the energies change after the rose Quartz breaking or also does it lose its energy or is it the same?

        • Dhristi Mehta says:

          And also is it a bad sign or something? No, right?
          Also I read it somewhere a crystal breaks when it’s job is done. Do you agree with that? And do you think it applies to my pendant. If that’s the case then I’ll just keep it my room near me and I’ll buy another rose Quartz heart pendant. What do you think

          • Genn says:

            You might choose to keep the necklace near you and buy another to wear or go ahead and wear the repaired one. After determining what the message is, that might help you decide how to proceed. If it makes you feel bad to wear it, the obvious choice would be not to wear it. If it makes you feel good, or reminds you of the message it brought, then you might choose to wear it. It is 100% up to you and there is no right or wrong answer. Thanks for your excellent and thoughtful questions!

        • Genn says:

          To begin with, I am not of the mindset that a crystal will bring bad luck or negativity (broken or not). That being said, some crystals can highlight or shine a spotlight on negativity, making it seem like the crystal brought the negativity, but in reality it only shows you what is already there. Also, take in what I said in the previous reply but don’t take my interpretation quite as literally. As an example, the “break” doesn’t always have to mean a “broken heart” as we might think of it. It might apply to anything which is broken (such as something like discord between you and your mother), etc. Extrapolate on this, don’t take this literally, either… only you can know what fits. Do you think it is possible that a part of you felt wrong in “disobeying” your mother (going against her suggestion to remove it), so you weren’t resolute in your conviction to go ahead and wear it? Meaning, you might not have latched the clasp securely (you might not have been standing strong behind your conviction to wear it and so let the niggle of doubt leave the necklace not quite secure?). As to the question about whether a crystal breaks when its job is done… I see this in a different (but similar) way. I think a crystal might break when it knows it is time to shift the energy for you. You mentioned that there has been a lot of drama and negativity lately. It is possible that the way the crystal broke (a partially locked clasp) is reminding you to be mindful of paying attention to fine details to avoid potential accidents in future? The best way I know to determine if there is a message (with anything) has many steps. Look at the circumstances around the event (what caused it) and see how that applies to your life in general. (You might have been distracted by the back and forth between you and your mother about the pendant, resulting in a partially latched clasp). Next, see what feelings the result of the crystal breaking brings up for you. This might present as feelings such as self blame, intense sorrow, disappointment that it is broken, anger with yourself, feelings that the crystal is no longer adequate or worthy, ETC. This is highly subjective and will depend on the circumstances around the break. The feelings it brings up in you serve as a clue as to what the message might be. This has become quite a lengthy reply, I hope it helped answer some questions for you!

      • Dhristi Mehta says:

        For me my pendant breaking is not the issue. Like obviously I’m sad cause it broke but it’s fine I guess, I have fixed it, most of it is. I think the issue is cause of over thinking and stuff cause I feel or think that as it’s broken it can mean bad luck if I wear it, so then cause of that I might get another rose Quartz heart pendant and keep this one in my room near me.

        • Genn says:

          It sounds like you are working out what steps you would like to take based on your reasoning of the facts at hand. Good job! Again, there is no right or wrong here. Listening to your gut is always the best course of action. Kudos!

          • Dhristi Mehta says:

            I want to wear the repaired pendant, because of the stuff it has attracted to me and the energy it gave me before it broke. But now as it broke, like few negative dramatical things have been happening in my life since a past 4-5 days and at the back of my mind I feel it’s cause of the broken pendant. Like I know it’s not true but it’s still at the back of my mind. Anyways so for a while I am going to wear a new Rose Quartz heart shaped pendant and keep the repaired Rose Quartz heart shaped pendant near me and then when I feel like or if I feel like wearing the repaired one, I will do that!! Thank you for your opinion, have a good day!!

  20. Khushi says:

    What to do when you buy a cracked Crystal unknowingly, is it considered bad?

    • Genn says:

      Hello Khushi! No, it isn’t considered bad at all. Sometimes our crystals break in our care, sometimes we receive them broken. I see it as an opportunity to show this damaged crystal your unconditional love (even if it is cracked, broken or “flawed”), and to feel the love return to you, including your “flaws” or perceived “imperfections”. We are all “damaged” in some way. Sometimes the flaws aren’t immediately apparent, like with your crystal. This is similar to people we come into contact with. If a crystal is cracked, you will need to show it extra care so the crack doesn’t split and the crystal break. The same applies to the people we encounter that we didn’t know (initially) they had wounding. Extra care and gentleness is called for. Thanks so much for your question!

      • Hello Genn, recently I received news about some new irreversible developments in my health and around this period of time, I came across this clear quartz heart that twinkled at me in the shop and I knew I had to get it and I’m not even a hearts person. I bought it for the little hematite inclusion and rainbows as a symbolism of the news I’d just received from my doctor which made me feel I was so tainted forever. So I brought it home and a month later while taking videos of the rainbows within, I held it a little too delicately and it slowly slipped out of my fingers and hit the floor and scattered across. one slab of it at the side came off and broke into a million pieces. ))): I still have the heart, it still looks like a heart, the rainbows are still intact but the thin slab at the side is just in a million pieces now and I couldn’t even find all of the pieces as they were just in really tiny shards. Surprisingly I did not cry and sadness was not the first emotion I felt, but rather I felt relieved that the majority of the crystal was still in its original recognisable form with the tiny hematite inclusion in the corner still intact. What could this mean?

        • Genn says:

          Hello! I’m sorry to hear about your health challenges and also your broken crystal heart. The first thing that comes to mind for me, is your crystal showed you that even though it was “altered” or “changed” after being broken, it still maintained its heart shape and the rainbows and inclusions are still there (the beauty and interest)… Especially since the crystal reminded you symbolically of yourself and your new health developments, I see this occurrence as a metaphor as to how you got news from your doctor (you broke a little) but you are still basically unchanged and intact, beautiful and interesting. Sometimes crystals may choose to be “damaged” to assist the user in love, compassion and forgiveness of SELF, even with our imperfections, illnesses and challenges. Best of luck to you on your healing journey! I hope this explanation helped

  21. Sarah says:

    Hi! I finally found real calcite and not heated amethyst at a gym show. I have a combination of the calcite, labradorite, and rose quartz. I had just expressed my love of the combination when my childrens father dropped my calcite and split it into two. He was very apologetic and seemed to be being way too hard on himself. I reasured him that it was okay and things happen. Im wondering if i should give him the broken calcite or how can i bring up to him that he may possibly be being hard on himself and to forgive, when hes not really into crystals himself? And thank you. I think its awesome you have taken your time to answer all of these comments from people who care about their crystals. Much love.

    • Genn says:

      Hey Sarah! Thanks for your comment! You’re absolutely right that things happen! And it does sound like a good lesson for him on forgiveness of self. You might broach the topic and tell him what you have learned about crystals which break in our care and their possible meanings. You could tell him that this is what you’ve learned, and he is under no obligation to agree or believe, that you are simply sharing knowledge in case it resonates with him. You might offer him half of the broken calcite and keep half for you (or your kids?) Just a thought. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Reality says:

    so 2 days ago i bought a black tourmaline crystal and i had only used it once and then i put it in my purse as we are travelling across country and today i pulled it out of my bag and it is in 2 pieces and it is cracked all the way up…what should i do with the pieces, can i still use it and does it have any significant meaning for as to why it has broke?

    • Genn says:

      Hey There! You can certainly still work with it in pieces. It’s 100% up to you whether you want to keep it as is and work with it that way or turn it into jewelry or a hanging. No worries! Thanks for your question!

  23. Simone Scott says:

    Hi Genn,

    I am sooo upset to the point I am mourning my crystal. I have for some time wanted to invest in crystal jewelry pieces. Yet never perhaps came across the right one for me. I happen to manifest its attraction during an event I was working. During my break I happen to run across a market that was closing for the weekend. While all the other vendors had already closed. I happen to walk right into my answer. A vendor with crystal jewelry. I had already picked out a couple pieces and was ready to check out. Until I gazed upon a faceted solid Carnelian heart crystal ring. The only one he had and in my size in fact. The vendor also mentioned he had the piece for sometime and no one could fit it. I quickly read more on its properties, and it was if it knew I needed it. I fell in love with it immediately. I purchased my items including my new heart and returned to work. Before placing it on my finger I said a prayer and welcomed it. Thanked it for choosing me. I continued to manifest in it throughout the night and the following day. I briefly sunbathed it and washed my hands. Due to its weight and size I would have to dry my ring and my hands. Well, only having it not even a full 48 hours. I had a pretty busy day and it came with stressors, as well as not so nice words spoken while wearing it ( well, at least I feel that way now because my love is now in 10 pieces (extremely sad face)). Well after a long day I went to wash and dry it/myhands. Even with its weight and size, it slips from my grip in the towel and breaks upon my bathroom floor. I am heartbroken literally. So much so I’m crying. Ridiculous right? Smh. I can not bear the thought of not wearing it again I’ve been meditating with it with all of my emotions. I do not want to leave it in its current condition. I felt it’s creative energy although we had just introduced. In your expertise should I repair it? I can’t bear the thought of not trying. I can take it back to the designer. However, I’m anxious he won’t be able to mend it. Nevertheless, what should I do? Why so soon? Lastly, I feel absolutely terrible and upset. We waited so long and I broke it. Any suggestions on how to save it so I can still wear it? Or shall I come to terms with its new shape and sadly but overtime accept its unwearable energy? I love my ring and don’t want to part from it on my body. The only other person who touched it was my 2 year old daughter. She did fight me for it so she could try it on, lol. I hope I covered all grounds to assist with your response.

    Thank you so much,

    Sad trying to be Happy

    • Genn says:

      Hey Simone! I am so sorry to hear that your crystal heart broke. It is never a fun occurrence, even when you know that 1) it wasn’t dropped intentionally 2) there is no blame and 3) sometimes there might be a reason. It still stinks! That being said… if you feel very drawn to try and repair the heart, I don’t see any reason not to. It may not be reparable. But if it is, why not give it a go? If it turns out to not be fixable, you might consider keeping the pieces in a medicine pouch and wearing it that way. Have you recently had an unmourned heartbreak (or is there a possibility that it is old heartbreak but unhealed or un-mourned)? I get the sense that maybe the crystal is helping you to cleanse the heartbreak by helping you to cry over the broken crystal when you could not cry over the broken heart? I could be way off… just see it this (or something similar) resonates. Best of luck with your repairs and thanks so much for your comment.

    • Liz says:

      Sometimes gold adhesives is used to fix broken pottery, to which it become even more beautiful and special. A work of art itself set apart from the ordinary. What it shows is that even that which is broken can be mended and the breakage in fact makes it more beautiful. Perhaps you can find some gold or silver epoxy glaze and fix the stone yourself to make it more beautiful than before and to always remind yourself that there is beauty found within adversity.

      • Kim says:

        This is the Japanese practice of Kintsugi where things are lovingly repaired and the breakage lines are filled with gold. It’s a very Wabi Sabi concept of seeing beauty in imperfections making the broken piece honoured and respected and uniquely individual. It’s a beautiful concept!

  24. Christine says:


    I’ve only been getting into crystals very recently and I still have a lot to learn about them, so I don’t know whether this means something.
    I’ve had this rose quartz necklace for the longest time, but only been wearing it for few days. I accidentally pulled on it while changing and it fell to the ground and broke in two. Should I be concerned? What can it mean?

    • Genn says:

      Hey Christine! The best way to know if there is a message in the breaking is to sit quietly and examine what feelings come up with the breaking. Sadness, blame, anger, guilt, self-criticism, etc. There is sometimes a healing message in the breaking, sometimes not. It is highly subjective and depends on the person, the crystal and the circumstance. It is rarely what we think (that we are bad, that we are being punished, that something bad is going to happen because of it, etc). It might help to read through the comments and see if any of the answers there resonate with you as well. My advice is no, you should not be concerned (as in something bad happened or will happen) but yes, we should always pay attention to things that happen because there MIGHT be a message in the outcome. These might include things such as: being more mindful… being less self-critical… loving yourself, even the broken parts… showing compassion to our traumas (or the traumas of others)… and a million other possibilities. It is possible ,too, that there is no message. Sometimes things break. It is up to us to monitor our reaction, our inner talk, which might help us to see whether there is a message in there for us. The message I have is that I don’t see broken stones as “omens” or “fore-bringers of bad meaning”. Remember that All Is Well as you search for your possible meaning. Thanks for your comment!

    • Megan says:

      Hello All esp Genn-
      I have been trying to get pregnant for exactly a year this coming Aug. My crystal healer did this amazing crystal/fertility grid on me and then gave me a peach moonstone to hold until I see her next. I have had it on me for about two weeks.
      I am probably currently around ovulation and my husband did have relations yesterday- after I had the moonstone on my person and I dropped it on the dreaded bathroom floor- and it split in two.

      First I felt horrible (still do) that she lent me this precious stone to help and I broke her property.
      Now I am thinking about the bigger message … I will sit with the pieces and spend some time reflecting but wanted to ask you your input.

      Thanks you so much for your guidance ?

      • Genn says:

        Hey Megan! Congratulations on your new endeavor and thank you for sharing your question with us. First of all, I have to say that sometimes stones break and there is no hidden agenda or meaning behind the breaking. This is certainly possible. However, if you feel there is a message for you in the breaking (and there may well be), I would certainly do like you said and sit with the pieces and reflect. See what presents for you. It is possible that the crystal is finished with its work and you are no longer in need of its assistance. 😉 Of course, we won’t know if this is true until some time passes. 😉 (this is my suggestion but it may be wishful thinking on my part). Other possible meanings… you need to be “broken wide open” to receive (meaning, completely open to receiving that which you ask). Do you have any areas (hidden very deeply, even from yourself) where you are “closed” or “blocking” the energy of getting pregnant? If not, this suggested possibility may not apply. These are but two of hundreds of possible scenarios or meanings from the breaking. Of course, you will be the best person to suss out if there is a message in the breaking for you. Anything we say here is pure conjecture. That being said, if anyone has anything to add, feel free. 🙂 Megan, I know this wasn’t a definitive answer but maybe it will help to point you in a direction. Best of luck with your fertility grid for a positive and joyous outcome <3

  25. Joey says:

    Hi Genn, I dropped my amber stone that was on a thread and it broke into two pieces. Of course my first reaction was incredible guilt and sadness, especially because a second before that happened I thought that I should take it and put it around my neck, but I decided to do that afterwards since I wanted to workout first. Then I moved one item that caused it to fall and that was it. Anxious, I picked the two parts to wash them and then the bigger piece fell from my hands and broke into another two pieces. So in my head I’ve made two mistakes and I’m now left with three pieces of the stone. I’m writing this message to you with a headache that I have from crying over it, for the past half an hour. What are your thoughts on this and your suggestions? I know this means that I should be more careful and grounded, but still… Should I take them for a repair and put them back together?
    All the best,

    • Genn says:

      Hey Joey! First of all, (if at all possible) TRY not to feel guilt, blame, shame or anger towards self. It is not productive and actually damaging to your soft insides. Imagine if your inner self is a little kid, who, in their exuberance for just being alive, accidentally knocked over a glass of milk. If this little kid started apologizing and crying and hitting itself for making this mistake, how would you react? Would you berate and scold, shame and guilt your sweet little friend (and continue to do so every time you saw the milk jug)? My guess is no. You would clean up the milk, remind the little one to be more mindful next time and move on. There isn’t always a message in a broken crystal or gemstone (as Freud said, “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”). However… take some time to meditate on it. Ask if there might be a message in this breaking for you. Is there an area in which you have recently been “broken wide open”? Do you need to be softer toward yourself and your broken edges? Or, possibly it is a reminder to not beat yourself up or judge yourself so harshly when you make mistakes which accidentally cause damage. Whether to repair it or not is completely up to you. If you feel like it will make you feel better to fix the damage, you certainly can do that. If you feel like you are still going to kick yourself because you broke it (say, if it doesn’t repair back to its perfect, whole, unblemished self) then you might reconsider. The first step to take is to FORGIVE YOURSELF !!! Take a deep breath. Apologize to your amber and then discuss with it whether it wants to remain in three pieces or if it wants to be one piece. Hugs your way.

  26. Jacqueline says:

    After I done my things inside the bathroom. I accidentally dropped my serpentine circle pendant inside the room have part that got chipped off. Can help to explain to me about this? Hopefully its not bad luck.

    • Genn says:

      Hey Jacqueline~ Sometimes crystals just break. That being said, read the previous comments and the blog post and I think you will find that some of the answers to other people’s questions will apply to you. I don’t see these things as bad luck or bad omens. Messages perhaps, but not bad luck.

  27. Sara says:

    Hi, I recently bought a beautiful rose quartz crystal necklace with a gold plated edge, I dropped it last night and it broke. There is a piece which came out completely and a crack along another section but it’s still held in the gold edge frame, barely. Could I glue it and repair it and continue to wear it as jewelry?

    • Genn says:

      Hey Sara! If you think that the pieces will fit back together and not have any sharp edges (and will stay together after gluing) I don’t see a problem with trying. Best of luck!

  28. JJ says:

    This is the 2nd time I’ve broken a clear quartz, both times because I’ve forgotten I was holding it somewhere (in this case tucked into my shirt). Other crystals I’ve had no trouble caring for. (1) Am I not ready for clear quartz? (2) what should I do with the pieces. Particularly the smaller shards?

    • Genn says:

      Hey JJ – I do this a lot (forget I am holding or forget I put in in a pocket or ?? and they drop). I don’t know your experience with quartz, but if you get along well otherwise, if it is simply in the forgetting and dropping… my sense is that you are attuned to the energy of the crystal (not that you aren’t ready for it, quite the opposite)… Your current energy and the quartz start to vibrate at the same frequency so you become unaware of the quartz. Meaning your vibrations are attuned to each other so the sensations match and you subsequently forget the crystal is there. That was hard to describe, I hope it makes sense. And as to the pieces and shards, it’s up to you. You can keep them in a fancy bowl if you like them and want to see them, or you can put them in with a houseplant to help raise the vibrations of the plant. The possibilities are endless. Go where you are led. I hope this helped! Thanks for your comment

  29. Becca says:

    I’ve been carrying 2 rose quartz crystals everywhere with me for the last few months in an attempt to heal from a breakup and manifest something new. I’ve just been taking about a new love interest with a friend and whilst doing so dropped one of them and chipped the corner. Do you believe this is a sign to steer clear?

    • Genn says:

      Hey Becca! Thanks for your question! To be honest, you’re the only one who can judge that. The crystal chipping could mean many things, you will need to meditate with the crystals and see if you get any messages. I can’t say whether it is a “sign” for you with this new love interest or not, but one sense I get is the fact that you are recently “chipped” yourself and to remind yourself to take care of yourself and your possible “rough edges”. If it makes you feel like it IS a sign to steer clear, perhaps you had the thought before you ever chipped anything (doubts about this person)? Time for some inner questioning. I would suggest meditating with these stones and see what you get. Best of luck!

  30. Rayne says:

    So, I just bought a labradorite stone. It was the second day that I had bought it, and I was holding it in my hand and admiring it when it dropped. It broke into two pieces and now I do not know what to do with it. Can someone help me? Please……

    • Genn says:

      Hello Rayne! I’m sorry to hear that your stone broke, it’s never fun when that happens. As I say in the blog post, sometimes it happens for a reason (to help you honor your own chips, dings and “broken areas”) etc. Depending on how it broke, you might want to hold the pieces together when you work with it or maybe work with the pieces separately. Have you considered holding one piece in each hand? Or, if it is for simply raising the vibrations or for aesthetic purposes (not an active working stone), I have some that are broken and I simply put the pieces together where ever it is being displayed. Just remember when you go to pick it up that it is in two parts so it doesn’t drop and break again. Just some options.

  31. Mickey says:

    Thank you for this article! I’m just starting to get into crystals and I bought a few carnelian crystals (among others) to help cleanse the energies of past relationships. I bought them on Sunday and since then I’ve lost a smaller carnelian stone and just shattered a rather expensive larger polished carnelian stone when it slid off my lap. I’m heartbroken about this and can’t possibly believe that this is a coincidence. Do you have any guidance or suggestions about this?

    • Genn says:

      Hey Mickey! Thanks for your question! The first thing that came to mind for me was that perhaps the carnelians are mirroring your relationships that you are cleansing (one disappeared, and the other, which was highly valued, shattered )… do they mimic your relationship energies that you are cleansing? Perhaps the stones are helping you to cleanse the energies more deeply and even literally. Does this resonate? Perhaps meditate on the possible parallels of these two carnelian events to your relationships. You can still do the cleansing, and maybe now, even more fully cleanse the energies in order to start with a clean slate. I hope this helps! Thanks for sharing

  32. Anjali Ramdhonee says:

    Hello. I just bought a blood stone healing wand… I was extra careful and told everyone to be careful while handling and they did. However, when I picked it up today, it accidentally banged against my singing bowl and the tip is damaged :/ Can It still be used for healing? or it is better to get it repaireD?

    • Genn says:

      Hello Anjali! If there is no danger of being cut with the broken end it should be fine to work with. It depends on your purpose and what you do in a healing session. (For instance, if the edge is sharp and you use it in a massaging way it might not be safe). There is no problem (diminished power) with the wand, in and of itself, just because it is chipped. Perhaps a part of you knew it was going to chip (maybe the crystal communicated this to you) because you were “extra careful” and told everyone to be careful, yet it chipped anyway. I hope this helps!

  33. Malka says:

    Hi, my 10 years old son came back from a school trip today. He bought me a rose quarts necklace. I was so happy and showed it off all day. Now I took it off and it fell on the floor and broke in Half… what does it mean? Is this a bad sign? Should I keep the broken stone or is that bad luck?

    • Genn says:

      Hello Malka! I’m sorry to hear that your stone necklace broke. That is never fun to have our crystals break, for whatever the reason. To begin, I don’t feel keeping a broken stone in any way is bad luck. I would keep the piece if I were you. However, you need to determine if you are uncomfortable with keeping it. Reassess based on your feelings about keeping it. My sense is that you should keep it. The message to me is that even when something is broken, it is still worthy and lovable (not something to be shunned or tossed out). Our “broken” parts should be honored as much as our “whole” parts. To determine if there is a message in the breaking, look at the meaning of rose quartz (love). Have you suffered recent heartbreak or pain regarding love? Perhaps the crystal is telling you to be mindful of your “heartbreak” and honor and love the broken part of you as much as the part that is still “attached”. This is just a possibility. That being said, sometimes things just break and there is no hidden meaning (for example when Freud said “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”). I hope this has helped a little bit!

  34. Rose says:

    I just purchased a peridot pendant and placed it on my gold chain. I went to a friends place and there were a lot of people. One girl was admiring the stone and when I placed my hand over it it dropped off the small copper bed it was attached to. What does that mean. The stone itself did not break.

    • Genn says:

      Hey Rose! Sorry to hear about your necklace. It could have any number of meanings (or none at all). It could mean the stone doesn’t want to be in copper. Or, conversely, it could be as simple as the fact that the stone was not attached properly in the first place. The only way to know if it is a message is to check in with yourself, the circumstance in which it happened and if you sense that it was a message. If the circumstance brings a neutral feeling around the happening, there probably is no message there and it was a simple case of faulty craftsmanship. If the circumstance has some charge to it or feeling beyond the breaking of the setting, then that might be something you need to explore. I hope this helps!

  35. Saahil says:

    Hi, I have a rose quartz crystal with me for nearly a month now. But a few days ago my hand suffered a sharp slit since I accidently placed my hand on its more brittle side while sleeping. Although it didn’t bleed a lot but still would you still recommend me to keep it ? Is it a bad sign ? What should I do with it ? I started keeping it with me once my ex left.

    Please suggest !

    • Genn says:

      Hey Saahil! No, I don’t see it as a bad sign or omen at all. The sense I get is that the crystal is letting you know that your wounds are still very fresh (the emotions can be sharp or biting) and to be mindful of being kind to yourself and patient with your healing and to be sure you are taking care of yourself. Does this resonate with you? I certainly don’t see it as a bad omen or reason to stop working with your rose quartz. Thanks so much for your question!

  36. Sydney Collier says:

    This post is really helping me. I dropped a sodalite I just got and it broke. I really got upset and still am, but this post nailed it for me. It’s a pretty clean break can you glue a crystal or does it mess up its vibration?

    • Genn says:

      Hey Sydney! Sorry to hear you broke your crystal, that is never fun. Glad this post helped. I have glued crystal and not glued crystal. It really depends on you and the crystal. You might ask it if it wants to be glued back together and see what you get.

  37. Yumie says:

    I have a beautiful black phantom crystal pendant, got it when i was 22 years old and started wearing it again after 7 years 2019, it rusted because of the metal around it, i tried removing the rust and accidentally made a minor crack

    I panicked, felt soo bad, telling myself how could i be soo careless and afraid that it would weaken the crystal, but after reading this i feel better now

    • Genn says:

      Hey Yumie~ It is never a good feeling when our crystals break, but when they do, it is helpful to see it from a different perspective. I’m glad you found some comfort in the blog post.

  38. Cherie Campbell says:

    Thank you for this post. Today I broke a beautiful, perfect, smoky quartz wand. The tip broke and shattered into dust. I felt horrible and held her, appologizing for my clumsiness. Then I looked for what to do and what it means. Several sources said it can be a bad omen, but I reject that. Many said it’s not your fault, give her a rest and continue to work with her. This post speaks to the nature of crystals and the love they share. I now can hold her and appreciate the empathy she embodies.

    • Genn says:

      Hey Cherie! Thanks for posting! As you know from reading, I too reject the notion that it is a bad omen. I’m glad you found this site and others, also rejecting this idea. Sending extra love to your smoky as she ramps up the empathy and as you direct the empathy and love to your own broken parts.

  39. 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! 🙂

    • Genn says:

      Hey Patty! Glad this post resonated! Thank you for sharing! Tell Angel we all say hello. 🙂

      • Charles Dockter says:

        I had a Tibetan Chrystal and I had it in my pocket of my shirt. I had been told it was quite fragile and had many inclusions in the structure. I was picking up some ice I had spilled and it slid out hit a tiled floor and shattered. A tiny shard was expelled and flew up and made a very tiny slit on my wrist. It had an explosive sound to me and I was devastated and sensed a feeling of intensely being sick in the pit of my stomach almost to the felling of vomiting. Then just remorse and the words oh no were formed on my lips. Next I felt unease in my solar plexus area which lingered for several minutes. Followed by grief of unimaginable depth which disapated quickly with the thought that I had been espousing for the last month or two, which is “let everything that happens be okay”. The second I said that to myself I felt a surge of freedom from something and also no remorse. There were very few pieces of the more than six inch long three forth inch thick Chrystal remaining all of which I carefully picked up as they were very sharp shards. I then placed them in the garbage which will go to a land fill and be buried. Thanks for listening and would appreciate any comments especially about the disposal.

        • Genn says:

          Hello Charles! Thank you for sharing your profound experience with all of us! This is an EXCELLENT example about how our Crystal Friends help us in ways we might not expect. It sounds like you received a deeply magical healing from this crystal when it sacrificed itself to instigate the healing it saw you needed. The disposal is ok, I usually recommend burying if there are shards (sharp or dangerous). I tend to think of burying in my yard, but it is true that one might #1 either forget where they were buried over time, making it a potential future hazard or #2 the crystal shards might work their way up through the soil, also causing a potential danger to tender feet (human or otherwise). A landfill (though it doesn’t invoke the most savory of images) is a safe choice. Another option is to bury them quite deeply in your own yard (say a foot or so?) in an area where you won’t be digging in future. If you go the landfill route, please be sure to thank the crystal for its healing and let it know that you are sending it back to live in the earth. (As opposed to simply “throwing it away in the trash”). I like to use ritual for this type of activity, such as taking a moment to talk to and thank the crystal formally before placing it lovingly in the bin. This lets both me and the crystal know that I am not flippantly tossing it aside. It also allows me to fully (and gratefully) acknowledge the healing I received. I feel this is a critical step in the process. You might take a look at whatever issue you know it healed in you (grief, loss, remorse?) and how it brought you the freedom of knowing that, indeed, “everything that happens IS ok” (even the “bad” or unpleasant stuff). Thank you again for sharing!

  40. 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!

  41. 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.

  42. 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!

  43. 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!

  44. 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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      Thanks for sharing, Redwolf <3

      • Nina C. says:

        Just about an hour ago I grabbed my significant other’s necklace with a beautiful crystal pendant that was a gift from his aunt to help ward off negative energy (she gave me a green beaded bracelet) for us.
        We bought wear our gifts since returning from our visit abroad a few months ago. And so much has been happening in our lives together that he has felt that he needs his necklace gift with him almost always. He is extremely careful with it and hangs it on the wall above us while we sleep. Maybe coincidence there was a nail that happens to be there right above our heads.

        Well, just right now!!! The necklace was on top of our bed and I thought to sit in the chair next to the bed. I thought to put it up where he usually hangs it and once I did that another thought said I should put it back before I drop it and it breaks. At that same moment I dropped it!! And it is broken. I am we are so heartbroken ?. I NEVER touch it! Not one time!!! The only time I touched it was just now!! I felt and he felt like someone died!!!

        (Long story of our situation. We came back to the states and my family issues happened and we are now staying with a long time friend of mine. She is actually at this very moment going through a horrible time in her life and it is so sad. What was supposed to be a short stay has turned into 2 months. )

        I found your article and this is the only thing that has brought the fear inside my whole body to not feel like it is on fire.

        What does this mean?!! Please help…

        • Genn says:

          Hey Nina! I apologize for the delay in responding, I thought I responded to this before but it seems I didn’t? Anyway, I am sorry to hear about the trouble you guys are having which seems to be echoed with your gemstone issue. Perhaps the two of you are feeling broken regarding your current situation and this has been echoed in manifesting the breaking of your talisman. I can only suggest you re-read the post and see if anything resonates for you as to why this might have occurred (if there is a message for you). Anything I say is pure conjecture on my part. I still maintain that broken crystal does not hold animosity or blame in the breaking and the best way to remedy is to discover for yourself what it might mean to you and whether there is a message in the breaking. I hope your situation improves for you soon. Thanks for sending your question!

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