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.

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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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    • Genn says:

      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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