How To Store Crystals Safely and Properly

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Crystals are more than just beautiful decorations—they are powerful tools for healing, protection, and manifestation.

But in order for crystals to remain strong and effective, it’s important to store them properly.

Fortunately, with the right know-how, anyone can easily learn how to store crystals correctly so they stay safe and free of negative energy.

In this article, we will explore the best ways to store your precious crystals so that they can do their work in the best possible way.

How to Organize Crystals Based Upon Different Properties

Various crystals laying on a table.

Understanding the unique properties, vibrations, and healing powers of your crystals is necessary to store them properly.

Let’s go over a few different ways you can organize your crystals, and after that, we’ll review different storage methods.

Group Crystals By Hardness

Different crystals have different levels of hardness. For instance, stones like Quartz and Fluorite are robust and nearly indestructible. Hard stones have the ability to scratch soft crystals—like Brazilianite and Andradite—so it’s important when you store crystals to ensure you aren’t placing soft stones next to hard stones.

Instead, store any delicate crystals in padded or protected containers to prevent damage from harder crystals, or keep soft stones away from hard stones.

Please note: crystal damage may not always be visible to the naked eye. Even if your soft stones seem perfect from the outside, they are likely to get damaged or scratched when they come in contact with hard stones.

Group Crystals By Healing Powers

purple and orange crystals circled around a clear crystal.

One of the most effective ways to store crystals is by grouping them by healing properties.

All crystals are associated with one—or more—of our chakras. To store crystals base on healing powers, research which chakra is associated with which stone and create chakra containers.

You can either have multiple boxes, or if space is an issue, get a large box and use dividers to create separate compartments.

Again, consider the hardness levels as well while sorting them out. Use small velvet bags or padded areas to separate soft crystals from the hard ones.

Group By Sensitivities to Certain Elements

Certain crystals are sensitive to things like light and water. For example, crystals like calcite can’t endure long exposure to direct sunlight. Hence, you can’t keep them in a bright spot for long. Here is a list of some of the popular crystals that should be kept away from places where you get too much light:

  • Amethyst
  • Amber
  • Ametrine
  • Aventurine
  • Celestite
  • Carnelian
  • Chrysoprase
  • Citrine
  • Fluorite
  • Howlite
  • Opal
  • Rose Quartz
  • Smokey Quartz
  • Sapphire

Other stones, like hematite, can’t be stored in humid areas and need a dry place. Popular crystals that should be kept away from water are:

  • Angelite
  • Calcite
  • Halite
  • Desert Rose
  • Hematite
  • Labradorite
  • Lepidolite
  • Lodestone
  • Magnetite
  • Malachite
  • Obsidian
  • Pyrite
  • Selenite

(A good rule of thumb is any crystal that ends in -ite should be kept away from water or humidity).

On the other hand, certain crystals, like black obsidian, love the sun and can be kept in bright areas for long periods of time.

Consider what your healing crystals need when storing them. You may choose to group certain stores in sunny areas in your home while placing others in a dark drawer out of the sun.

Group Your Crystals By Shape & Texture

Next thing to consider while organizing your crystal collection is each crystal’s shape and structure.

Natural crystals have rough edges that can scratch smooth stones. Usually, polished crystals or tumbled stones have smooth surfaces, so consider keeping them separately in plastic boxes or other containers.

Several crystals grouped together.

Group Crystals By Use

Different crystals have different energies and properties, and organizing them based on their usage can be helpful.

For example, you can group your crystals into groups like:

  • Crystals for meditation
  • Crystals to attract money
  • Crystals to attract love

Grouping crystals by use is a personal practice mainly used by experienced crystal wearers, but we recommend giving it a try to see if you like this method.

Group crystals by color

A collection of green glassy-looking rocks.

Organizing healing crystals by color is an exciting (and easy!) way to bring energy and focus into your life. By arranging them according to their color, you can take advantage of the unique properties of each hue and benefit from its corresponding healing energy.

The energetic value of colors ranges from calming blues to energizing yellows or vibrant purples—each with its own special purpose.

Red encourages courage and passion, while orange can help promote creativity. And green helps to open communication and develop intuition.

By organizing crystals according to these energies, you can reach for the right crystal quickly when you’re in need of something specific.

Storage Ideas For Crystals

Now that you know different ways to organize your crystals, let’s discuss actual storage methods to keep your crystals and crystal jewelry in pristine condition.

Wooden Boxes

A wooden box with crystals.

A wooden box is one of the best storage solutions for your crystals. Wooden boxes are made from natural materials and complement your natural healing crystals. Plus, wooden boxes are sturdy enough to keep your stones protected.

You’ll find wooden boxes in different styles. Some come with a glass lid to let you view the crystals without requiring you to move the lid for everyday use. Some designs have separate compartments inside, allowing you to keep different crystal types.

Note: wood amplifies Moldavite. Keep Moldavite stored separately away from wooden containers.

Plastic Containers

A plastic box with crystals.

Clear plastic boxes are another way of storing crystals. Plastic boxes lock out humidity and protect the stones.

Look for plastic boxes with compartments, as they are better for storing different crystals. If you prefer, you can cushion the compartments for added protection. Consider buying foam from your local craft store, cutting it to size, and gluing it onto the compartment sides.

Jewelry Boxes

A jewelry box with crystals.

If you have an old jewelry box laying around, use it to store your crystals. Jewelry boxes are not only useful but also give an aesthetic look to your crystal collection. Nowadays, we have many nicely designed jewelry boxes with compartments and dividers that look elegant and chic.

Velvet Bags

A pouch with spilled crystals coming out from it.

Don’t throw the drawstring bags or velvet pouches you get while buying crystals. They are great for keeping your precious stones in the best shape. These pouches are especially great when you use crystals every day and for traveling.

Bags made from natural fibers like silk, leather, or cotton are best.

But you have to be careful using bags for storing crystals. Don’t toss crystals of different hardness together for obvious reasons.

Additionally, keep the bags in a secure place to avoid wear & tear.

Even though bags are a cheaper alternative to boxes, there is a drawback to using them as well. You have to completely empty the bags when you need to use a single crystal, which can be a little frustrating.

Open Trays

A tray with crystals and books on it.

Some crystals work best in the open air and you shouldn’t store them in boxes. Geode-type stones work best when you keep them in the open (plus, they look fantastic, so you might as well show them off!).

There are beautiful marble or wooden trays available in most online and offline stores. They look lovely and let your crystal thrive in the open environment.

Some Essential Tips To Keep In Mind Before Storing Crystals

Because of how powerful crystals are, you need to take proper care when storing them. Here are some tips to help you store healing crystals properly:

  • Cleanse your crystals after you get them. When kept out in the open, crystals may collect negative energies. Therefore, cleansing them is essential to ensure they don’t lose their powers and keep you protected. Cleansing and cleaning crystals at regular intervals after the healing session are again necessary to repel negative energy.
  • Keep your crystals and stones wrapped in natural fabric or tissue paper individually to protect them from negative vibrations.
  • Label or name the crystal collection by its arrangement types. You can label them by crystal family, crystal chakras, tumbled stones, polished stones, etc. See above for the various ways to organize your crystals based on different classifications.

Being extra careful with your crystals is necessary because of how fragile they are. Some get easily affected by humidity, others can’t bear too much direct sunlight, and some crystal types need open air to radiate their healing powers.

Which Crystals Should Not Be Stored Together?

First off, any crystals with opposing energies should never be placed together. For example, citrine is a stone of abundance and joy, while black tourmaline is protective and helps ground energy. These two should not be stored in the same place as their energies will cancel each other out.

Similarly, selenite which encourages spiritual connection can conflict with hematite which works to keep negative energy away through grounding and protection.

If you’d like to learn more about which crystals to avoid keeping together, read our guide on conflicting crystals to discover which crystals to avoid putting together.


Crystals possess a wide range of properties and energies, making them powerful tools for healing and personal growth. Whether you’re an experienced crystal collector or just getting started in the world of crystals, understanding how to store your crystals based upon their different properties is essential for unlocking their full potential.

It’s important to note that storing your crystals correctly will help preserve their energy, allowing you to reap the most benefits from them. There are several factors to take into account when storing a crystal, including size, shape and chemical makeup. The type of stone should also be taken into consideration; some stones such as malachite can be sensitive to light, while others like amethyst, may need special attention due to its ability to absorb energy quickly.

I hope this extensive guide on the right way of crystal storage was useful. The methods I mentioned are easy to follow, and just a little effort will keep your stones safe and sound!

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4 thoughts on “How To Store Crystals Safely and Properly”

  1. I am just beginning my study and usage of crystals. I enjoy reading all your articles and this was a very good lesson for me because I am collecting crystals and need suggestions on how to store them. I also thought maybe the hard plastic egg keepers would be a good idea?

    • What a lovely idea, Deborah! For that, I would look up where each crystal falls on the Moh’s Hardness Scale and keep similar ones together to prevent scratching. Thank you for sharing your idea with us 🙂

  2. If they are conflicting crsytal, can I store them in separate plastic but in the same box?

    • They’ll only conflict when you wear them if your intentions cause them to conflict. So in short, yes. You can store them together with no worries.


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