Do crystals change color? Answered

Crystals are a wonderful presentation of the colorful magnificence that proves that our earth is truly divine and abundant.

You can find crystals in pretty much all colors that may come up to your mind.

Acquiring crystals is just not only an amazing way to heal our souls but also a fantastic way to soothe our senses thanks to their breathtaking colors.

However, we do need to keep in mind, that crystals do change color and that is based on different factors such as sun exposure, water, as well the frequency of cleansing these gems.

colorful crystals

In this blog post, we are going to discuss together all the possible reasons that could explain why do crystals really change color? and what are the possible factors that may justify that?

Do crystals change color? 4 reasons to explain why you notice color changes in your crystal

  1. Sunlight

Sunlight is generally one of the known factors that can alter the color of crystals.

Not all crystals are suitable to be exposed to the sun.

Rose Quartz in sunlight

Some crystals such as Amethyst, Citrine, Fluorite, Turquoise, Rose Quartz, and Unakite, will end up losing their colors and get faded if they are exposed to the sun for too long.

The bright colorful shades of these crystals will, unfortunately, turn into a dimmed version with no lively aspect, and sometimes they will turn into a completely white color.

Other types of crystals will change their colors into a darker hue such as brown and grey, for instance, Smoky Quartz and Topaz if they are left out in the sun for too long and in a frequent way.

So, pay close attention to the place you usually put your crystals in your home.

For example:

If you place an Amethyst geode in a sunny place or you store Rose Quartz or Smokey Quartz tumbled stones in a box that is directly exposed to the sunlight, it is then crucial to change their location to a shaded place.

Plus, it is best to not use the sun charging technique to revive the energies of these kinds of crystals as it can potentially damage the colors of your beloved stones.

You can use other charging ways that are risk-free for example the moonlight energy or sage or other charging crystals such as Selenite.

  1. The nature of the crystal

This is a key thing to be aware of.

You can see different colors in your crystal depending on the angle from where you are visioning it.

For instance, Labradorite stone is truly fascinating.

This stone changes color depending on the angle from where you see it.

From one angle you notice green and yellow shades and from another point of view, there are blue and purple hues.

Another interesting example is Alexandrite.


This wonderful gem changes its color according to the light.

When you first look at it, you will notice that it exhibits an emerald color, however, when you look at it under lamplight, you will see that it displays another color which is a purple-red hue.

Moonstone is also a part of the fascinating crystals group that changes color.

If you contemplate a Moonstone crystal you may notice that from an angle, it displays a glowy vivid blue shade, and when you turn it in another direction this glow completely disappears.

  1. Water

Not only sunlight can be color damaging for some crystals, but also water.


Some crystals should be absolutely at distance from water, especially the ones that include in their mineral composition the iron element.

Crystals that contain an iron component should absolutely be kept away from any water source including saltwater.

When you expose your crystals that have iron ore in their composition to water, they will begin to show signs of rust, they will lose their shine, and they will end up looking dull and corroded.

Here is a list of crystals that retain iron ore, so if you have these stones in your crystals collection or you want to expand your gem collection, always remember to avoid using water as a cleansing method to these stones:

  • Pyrite
  • Magnetite
  • Boji Stones
  • Marcasite
  • Hematite
  • Goethite
  • Limonite
  • Hematoid Quartz
  • Tangerine or Orange Quartz
  • Red Jasper
  • Brecciated Jasper

Side note:

The following reason that we will talk about shortly is not based on physical evidence but is related to a metaphysical potential explanation that can not be justified ‘logically’.

If you notice that your crystal changes its color and the above reasons are not applicable to your case, then you may check out the following section.

  1. Do you frequently purify your crystal?

Cleansing or not cleansing your crystal may have an effect on their colors.

Let me demonstrate my point.

Not only do crystal emits healing energies but they store and absorb negative and toxic vibrations so we can feel our best.

This energy exchange is key.

Using your crystal repetitively and without purifying its energy field regularly may make the color of your stone dull and deprived of liveliness.

If you tune to your senses and intuition you may feel that way.

Therefore, if you observe that your crystal became dull and the color that it was displaying is not vibrant anymore then not cleansing it enough could be the reason.

From personal experience, I have in my home a big Rose Quartz geode that is placed on my coffee table it has been a while since I cleaned it and one day I just noted that the pink hues of this lovely gem are just dull.

So, one time I carry it and wash it under a fresh stream of water for a few minutes, and to my surprise, I notice that my gem is glowing and I detected some intense and lively pink colors that I have never seen before!

Final thoughts

Crystals are natural earthly elements that can be exposed to color fluctuations.

Crystals do change color due to sun exposure, their natural condition which means that some gems do change their colors according to light and angle view, some will began to rust and look faded if they are immersed in water. 

The color change could also be metaphysically explained by not cleansing the crystal sufficiently. Crystal could become dull and lose the natural energetic glow if they are not purified regularly.

Monica Hunter

Monica Hunter

To share my newfound knowledge, I decided to create a website dedicated to gemstones and crystals. I wanted to provide readers with all the information they need about the stones they are interested in. I wanted to give readers a comprehensive guide to understanding gemstones.

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