Crystals are known for their healing properties and the help they can offer in terms of alignment and balance. For this reason, breaking a crystal can feel dramatic, disheartening and perhaps even quite concerning. Owners may have invested a great amount of hope or desire into their chosen stone and breaking it may seem like a sign of bad luck or bad energy. With this in mind, I consulted two experts – healers Emma Lucy Knowles and Bex Milford – to hear their thoughts on what you should do if you break your crystal.
Bex Milford is an astrologer, a cosmic coach, a crystal healer, and the founder of the Moon Child Sorority. You’ll be happy to hear that Milford doesn’t see broken crystals as a huge cause for concern.
“When a crystal breaks then I personally don’t think any meaning should be ascribed to it,” she tells me, pointing to her own experience as an example. “I have a citrine point on my necklace that I wear everywhere, every day, and have done for years. I’ve knocked the end ... so there’s a small chip, but I love it more than ever. It shows I’ve owned it.”
Emma Knowles, the author of The Power of Crystal Healing, agrees. In fact, she believes breaking a crystal can be a good thing.
“It's actually a very positive omen,” she says. “Crystals break for several reasons: Because they are ‘full’ and they’re releasing all that they have shifted and held for you; because they have done their ‘job’, the intention, the task you set them is completed; because, just like we, the crystal is trying to get back to its most natural state and because when they break they open up more surface area and therefore facets for healing and love.”
When a crystal breaks, you have two options. You can either fix it or decide to let it go. Both are fine, say Knowles and Milford.
If you decide to fix it, Milford suggests you gather together as many of the small pieces as possible “then see if you can easily repair with a strong superglue,” she says. “If you can’t fix it then make sure the crystal isn’t in danger of cracking further and put it in a safe space.”
She adds: “If there’s no hope for it and it’s in tiny pieces then try adding this to a candle – voila! You’ve got beautiful crystal pieces glimmering within the melting wax.”
After you’ve fixed your crystal, Milford says, “ensure you are then giving it time to collect its energy by putting it near clear quartz or selenite. This energises it and helps it to return to full force.”
However, Milford explains that, if you feel called to buy a new crystal, that’s fine also. But don’t throw your old one in the bin. “Crystals speak to us on an intuitive level so listen to what your inner voice is saying.” she says, “If you feel your time with this crystal has come to an end then bury it somewhere in your garden, send gratitude for what it has brought you, and buy another.”