A Step-By-Step Guide to Cleaning & Maintaining Aquamarine

A Step-By-Step Guide to Cleaning & Maintaining Aquamarine

Known as the mermaid stone, aquamarine’s shimmering hues of blue and green, reminisce of days spent lazily floating on warm tropical waves. With the sunlight speckling your face and a salty breeze caressing your cheek, any worries seem to just float away with the tide.

Regardless of how far away you may be from a tropical sea, an aquamarine crystal promises that same sense of rest and relaxation. Its calming vibrations can be felt instantly upon seeing it, holding it, and especially wearing it. Aquamarine is true medicine for the soul - helping you to release the things that no longer serve you. 

A stone of great power and beauty, this blue-green stone is ever ready to amplify your life with more love, clarity, and truth. Holding a deep connection to the divine, aquamarine enhances your intuition and activates psychic skills.

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This ocean-like stone opens the floodgates, allowing divine wisdom and higher knowledge to flow right through you. A wonderful addition to any meditation practice, aquamarine assists you in connecting to a place of pure enlightenment. 

Dazzling with its otherworldly appearance, the aquamarine crystal reminds you that there is magic all around. If you want to keep this ethereal stone at full sparkle, shine, and potential, it is vital you care for it with proper and consistent maintenance. Cleaning it of residue and build-up is important, but you should also make time for spiritual cleansing. 

Curious about the best ways to physically and spiritually cleanse your aquamarine stones and jewelry? Read on for a step-by-step guide to both processes! 

A Step-By-Step Guide to Cleaning & Maintaining Aquamarine

Why is it Important to Clean your Aquamarine?

The beauty of aquamarine is enchanting, to say the least. A beryl mineral, aquamarine glimmers and shines with almost supernatural appearance. Reflecting the hues of ocean blues and greens, aquamarine connects you to the soothing vibrations of the sea.

Once called the mermaid’s stone, aquamarine was believed to have fallen from the treasure chests of sirens. And, it is no wonder why! This otherworldly stone looks fit to be the cherished items of mythical creatures and gods. 

Coming in a slim range of colors, aquamarine can be blue, green, blue-green, green blue, or any variation of these. It is most commonly found in green blue, but the most rare and valuable specimens are intense and vibrant shades of blue. With the greatest deposits being found in Brazil, aquamarine is also mined in Madagascar, Nigeria, Zambia, Mozambique, and Pakistan. 

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In order to keep your aquamarine shining bright in its unmatched, ethereal beauty, proper care and maintenance is an absolute must. This stone is beautiful, and you surely want to wear it all the time, but all this wear results in the build-up of dust, debris, and dirt. This is totally normal, and to be expected with the wear of any crystal or gemstone, but it should be taken care of regularly, as to avoid any serious or permanent damage to the aquamarine stone. 

Any dirt or dust that has not been cleaned from your aquamarine jewelry can result in the stone appearing cloudy or milky. When this happens, the stone becomes more dull, and loses a bit of its iconic shimmer. If this has happened to your stone, though, do not worry! It is a pretty easy fix to get your aquamarine looking good as new. Cloudiness in an aquamarine can be quickly helped by a proper clean. 

Cloudiness or a milky appearance is usually caused by the accumulation of soap, dirt, or other debris getting stuck in the crevices of the stone. This build-up makes it more difficult for light to shine through, and thus results in a duller-looking aquamarine stone. You can avoid this problem by following a simple cleaning routine.

A Step-By-Step Guide to Cleaning & Maintaining Aquamarine

Caring For Your Aquamarine Stone

Curious how you can keep your aquamarine crystal shining bright in its whimsical beauty? Regular care and maintenance is the key to preventing cloudiness, milkiness, or dullness in your stone. Luckily, though, when it comes to aquamarine, cleaning is a fairly simple and quick process. No fancy tools or products are necessary! 

Ranking at a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs Scale, aquamarine is a pretty durable stone. However, it should still be treated with the utmost care to ensure it remains scratch-free. Aquamarine does well under bright lights, but it should be kept out of extreme heat. 

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Due to its durability and hardness, aquamarine is the perfect addition to any everyday jewelry design. Keep in mind, though, it still can be damaged, which is why we recommend not swimming, cleaning, bathing, or exercising while wearing aquamarine jewelry. Start getting in the habit of taking off your jewelry before activities such as these, and placing it away in a soft and secure place. 

While not in use, we advise storing your aquamarine jewelry in a designated jewelry box or in a soft pouch. This storage method ensures that you never lose your jewelry, and it keeps your piece from being scratched by other stones. 

A Step-By-Step Guide to Cleaning & Maintaining Aquamarine

The Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Aquamarine Crystals

How often you wear your aquamarine jewelry will determine how often you need to clean it. If you wear it daily, you may want to clean your aquamarine every couple of weeks. For daily wear, you should also make an annual trip for your aquamarine to be professionally cleaned. On the other hand, if you only wear your aquamarine jewelry once in a blue moon, try to commit to cleaning the crystal every couple of months. 

A professional cleaning will restore your aquamarine to full brightness, but daily home care is just as important to guarantee a lifetime of beauty for this stone. Listed below is an easy-to-follow cleaning routine for your aquamarine.

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  1. Find a clean bowl and fill it with warm water. 
  2. Next, add a couple drops of mild dish soap to the water, and place your aquamarine stone in this warm soapy water. 
  3. Leave the aquamarine to soak for about 30 minutes. 
  4. Now it is time to gently scrub the aquamarine. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush or a soft cloth, lightly scrub your stone. Be very careful with this step to not scratch the stone! 
  5. Remove the stone and rinse it with cool, clean water. 
  6. Using a soft, microfiber towel, dry the aquamarine stone.
  7. Store your crystal safely away in a jewelry box or a pouch. 

A Step-By-Step Guide to Cleaning & Maintaining Aquamarine

Products to Use & Products to Avoid

Wondering which cleaning products are best for maintaining your aquamarine stone? Read on! 

Products to Use

Cleaning an aquamarine is a simple process, and should be kept that way! As an ocean-inspired stone, it should come as no surprise that this stone loves water. In fact, the only cleaning products you need for this stone are water and mild dish soap. These are two things you almost certainly have on hand at home, making the cleaning process easy as can be. 

There are certain non-toxic cleaners and products specifically made for aquamarine crystals, but we recommend researching them thoroughly before using them on your beloved stone. 

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  • Water
  • Gentle Dish Soap
  • Soft-Bristled Toothbrush

Products to Avoid

Any harsh chemicals should be swiftly avoided when cleaning aquamarine, otherwise your stone is at risk of being damaged. Ammonia, bleach, chlorine, and alcohol should never be used on your aquamarine stone. 


  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Chlorine
  • Alcohol
  • Extreme Heat

A Step-By-Step Guide To Cleaning & Maintaining Aquamarine

How to Spiritually Cleanse Your Aquamarine 

Cleaning your crystals is important for more than just visual reasons, and is actually vital to maintaining their spiritual powers. As with all gemstones and crystals, aquamarine should be regularly cleansed to keep it vibrating at the highest possible frequency. Exuding endless benefits, aquamarine has the ability to fill your life with abundance, bliss, and positivity. However, without proper care, its powers can be quickly thrown off balance. 

Aquamarines are constantly absorbing the energy around them - it's their way of helping you. Whether that energy is positive or negative, either way, it gets stuck. Just like we, as humans, take showers to remove dirt and grime, so too a stone needs to be cleansed to remove the energy build-up. When an aquamarine can release that stuck energy, which is often toxic or negative, its powers are enhanced and more space is created to continue assisting you on your journey. 

Concerned that cleaning your aquamarine will have a negative effect on its plethora of spiritual powers? Fear not! In fact, the opposite is true - a regular cleansing of your aquamarine helps to enhance and enrich its abilities. 

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As mentioned before, without proper cleaning, an aquamarine can become cloudy or dull, and the same is true of its powers! If you want to keep your stone’s magical properties working at full potential, and to prevent them from ever dulling out, you must make the time to cleanse it.

The cleaning guide listed above is wonderful for maintaining the physical appearance of the stone, but a spiritual cleansing is a whole different process! Your stone constantly picks up dirt, dust, and debris, but it also picks up energy, and all of these things, both the physical and the spiritual, must be cleaned and released from the aquamarine stone.

A Step-By-Step Guide To Cleaning & Maintaining Aquamarine

4 Ways to Cleanse Aquamarine of Negative Energies

Whether you are aware of it or not, your aquamarine crystal is constantly picking up information from the world around it. Oftentimes, that information comes in the form of energy, which becomes stuck in the crystal.

Positive energy is wonderful for the aquamarine, but an overwhelm of negativity or toxicity can harm its powers. For that reason, it is so important to regularly cleanse an aquamarine, and ensure its potential is optimized. 

Here are 3 methods for energetically cleansing aquamarine:

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#1 Smoke

    Using a smudge stick of your choosing, you can cleanse your aquamarine with this healing smoke. Choose cleansing herbs like palo santo, sage, or cedar, and allow their ancient power to energetically purify and recharge your aquamarine crystal. As the smoke surrounds your stone, set an intention. 

    #2 Water

      It comes as no surprise that the mermaid’s stone, aquamarine, loves water! Natural water sources like waterfalls, rivers, or lakes, are wonderful options to tune your stone back to the healing power of mother nature. Holding the stone in your hand, carefully rinse the stone in the clarifying waters. As your rinse, visualize the negative energy being pulled out from the aquamarine and taken away with the current. 

      #3 Light

        Connected to the divine feminine, aquamarine can be beautifully cleansed by moonlight. Choose a New Moon or Full Moon for added power, and leave your aquamarine in its loving light for the night. This method releases pent-up energy, and recharges your crystal’s powers. Add to the ritual by writing out a list of manifestations or intentions for this moon cycle, and ask for the assistance of your aquamarine in achieving them. 

        #4 Sound

          Crystal singing bowls are tuned to high-vibrational frequencies, making them a great way to cleanse crystals and gemstones. If you have a crystal bowl at home, simply play it while keeping your aquamarine nearby. Imagine the stone being circulated by the sounds, and liberated of any toxic energy it has collected.

          A Step-By-Step Guide To Cleaning & Maintaining AquamarineGive Some Love Back to Your Aquamarine

          What would we do without gemstones and crystals? These magical treasures of the earth serve as constant forms of support and encouragement in our lives, and are always working to keep us steady, balanced, and aligned. Aquamarine, in particular, soothes the soul with its warm and gentle vibrations. Its sweet nature reminds us of the sea, filling us with that same relaxation that comes from floating on the ocean’s embrace.

          A source of divine wisdom, it heightens our intuition and keeps us forever open to higher knowledge. This lovely blue-green stone does so much for us, and it is important that we give some love right back to it. Practice gratitude for all the beauty and serenity aquamarine brings to your life by properly caring for and maintaining it. 

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          Learn more about Aquamarine and visit this full guide: Aquamarine Stones & Crystals - Meaning, Benefits, Properties and Chakra

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