What To Do With A Broken Crystal

Not sure what to do with a broken crystal? Discover five ways to reuse them so you can still reap their healing benefits.  

As a holistic recovery coach and energy healer, I often use crystals in my work and recommend them to clients depending on what their struggles are. Inevitably, crystals break. Which leads to the question, what do you do with a broken crystal? 

What you don’t want to do is throw them out. Crystals have both metabolism and mobility- two of the general requirements of what classifies life. Instead, what you can do is repurpose them to continue harnessing their powers. 

What we’re going to cover:
  • Why crystals break
  • What to do with a broken crystal
  • Tutorials for repurposing them

You’re most definitely reading this because you had a crystal break and you’re not sure what to do with the fragments. Or even why the crystal broke in the first place.

I’ve had it happen to me so many times. Even my pendulum. I know it sounds so dramatic but I almost broke down in tears when my pendulum broke because I bought it during a transformational time in my life. 

Maybe you feel the same way when your crystals break. Because it’s more than a material possession. It’s a relationship. Aside from an accident, like dropping them, there’s a few reasons why they shatter. 

Why crystals break: 
  • The crystal served its purpose. 
  • It’s energetically tied to something/someone from your past. 
  • You’re not in energetic alignment with it. (This isn’t a bad thing- just for whatever reason, you’re not meant to have a relationship with it). 

When crystals break, you’re left with a bunch of tiny pieces you may not necessarily want to part with. That’s ok. They’re beautiful and you’ve had an intimate relationship with them. Saying good riddance to a crystal isn’t necessary. At least, not when you can recycle them for a new purpose. But there’s also a time when you may have to allow bygones to be bygones.  

When you shouldn’t reuse a broken crystal:
  • If you’re using a crystal during a spell and it breaks, don’t reuse it. The energy behind the spell was too heavy. 
  • Someone gifted you a crystal and things went sour between you and them. 
  • You never really bonded with the crystal to begin with. 

If these happen to be the case, it’s best to bury them in the ground- see the 4th tip. Chances are there are some toxic energies you don’t want lingering around. If those don’t apply to your situation, keep reading to find out what to do with a broken crystal. 

Before you reuse broken crystals: 

ways to reuse a broken crystal

What to do with a broken crystal

Make a worry bag

This is my favorite on this list. Why save the best for last when you can have it first, right? 

The inspiration came from my father giving me a set of Guatemalan worry dolls back in the day. It’s based on folklore- you speak your worries to the dolls and place them under your pillow before going to sleep. By morning, the worry dolls present you with the courage to eradicate your worries.

Instead of worry dolls, we’re gonna give it a twist by making a worry bag. 

You will need:
  • Muslin bag or any small bag you have
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Broken crystals 

How to make the worry bag: 
  • Write down your worries on separate pieces of paper and fold them in small pieces. 
  • Put them in the bag along with the broken crystals. Tie it up. 
  • Place it under your pillow before you go to sleep.  

Spell Jar

There’s no need to buy new crystals for a spell when you can just reuse the pieces you already have laying around. 

Tip: Before you make your spell jar, remember to cleanse your broken crystals to remove all the energy. 

What you need:
  • A glass jar or vial 
  • Broken crystals 
  • Flowers and/or herbs
  • Salt
  • Your intention (this is the most important part of it. It really doesn’t matter how much hoopla you have. If you’re energetically “off,” the spell won’t work). 

You can carry the jar around with you or place it somewhere in your home (like your front door or bedroom) where unwelcome energies need to be absorbed. Or you can place it on your altar to serve as a reminder that the only constant in life is the impermanence of everything. 

ways to reuse a broken crystal
Make a candle

DIY candles are so quick and easy. They don’t have the carcinogens you find in store bought candles and it’s a huge sense of accomplishment when you create something from scratch. Oh- and of course, when you’re not sure what to do with a broken crystal, all you have to do is make a candle. 

You can check out a tutorial HERE. On a side note, she’s got binge worthy content. #bloggoals 

Let your imagination run wild with this. You can add essential oils, flowers and/or herbs. Use your candles for spells or as decor to admire your craftiness. Unleash your inner Picasso and allow your creativity to guide you. 

Burying Ritual

Don’t just throw the crystals into the ground. Create a ritual. Release everything that was associated with the purpose of the crystals- pain, grief, guilt, sorrow, etc. 

Here’s how:
  • Write down everything you want to purge on a piece of paper. Set it aside. 
  • Dig a small hole in the ground.
  • Place the crystals in the hole.  
  • Light the paper on fire allowing the ashes to scatter over the crystals.  
  • Cover the crystals and ashes with dirt.
  • Give thanks to the earth and the Universe (or who you acknowledge your higher power to be) for hearing and answering your prayers. 

Your burial ceremony is complete. Not really into digging it have access to a yard? The last tip will help you with another way to preserve your broken crystals. 

Keep them in your Book of Shadows

If you’re a sentimentalist, this is perfect for you. A broken crystal can be reused without creating any spells or doing any DIY projects with this super simple tip. Put them in a small envelope or plastic bag. All you have to do is tape them in your Book Of Shadows

ways to reuse a broken crystal

Not that you know what to do with a broken crystal, you can experiment and explore your creativity. Have you tried any of these ways to repurpose your broken crystals? Let me know in the comments below. And please be sure to share this with anyone that may enjoy this read. 

See ya soon…in the meantime, love yourself so much that even a Hallmark Christmas movie would be jealous. 

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