Mountain Aura Crystals

Safety Disclaimer

Mountain Aura does not encourage using crystals for items such as (but not limited to) drinking from, smoking from, or consuming but suggests that if you do feel this is what you are wanting to do, to do your own research prior to using any crystal for these types of actions.  Mountain Aura will not be held responsible for your actions and health results of your actions once your naturally formed crystal is in your possession.  Mountain Aura does not test its products for composition, nor do its vendors, and rely on average crystal classification for composition only.

Crystals are a natural product, removed from the ground.  As such, in raw form it is possible they can contain trace amounts of natural hazardous materials such as but not limited to the potential to contain Asbestos.  When crystals have been processed and then handled properly, there are less chances that you will come into contact with potential hazardous materials.  Crystals with the potential to contain Asbestos or contain minerals formed from asbestos could be:

  • Tiger’s eye
  • Arizona tiger’s eye
  • California tiger’s eye
  • Cat’s eye
  • Hawk’s eye
  • Silkstone
  • Pietersite
  • Binghamite
  • Yuksporite
  • Denisovite
  • Tokkoite
  • Grossular garnet
  • Hessonite
  • Brucite
  • Natrolite
  • Mesolite
  • Scolecite
  • Tremolite
  • Actinolite
  • Crocidolite

To have a harmful exposure to asbestos from processed crystals is difficult, as any potential asbestos is generally contained.  The asbestos would have to be released in some manner, by processing, grinding, creating powder etc, and then ingesting or inhaling that substance.  A higher degree of care and caution should be taken with raw minerals as dust and debris can easily come loose while handling and be accidentally ingested or inhaled.  Ensure proper handling is always achieved, or specimens are contained.

Proper handling means not ingesting these substances under any circumstances, do not smoke from these materials, do not submerge in drinking or bathing water and do not use products that have come into contact with these products such as bath salts and drinking water.  With raw crystals, limit your handling time and always wash your hands after handling.  Extra caution should be taken when processing raw product such as using gloves, protective eye wear, respirator and other appropriate PPE materials.  There is debate on how products such as Tigers eye is formed, some say that the asbestos is replaced with Quartz during the formation process, but others say that the Quartz is formed parallel to the asbestos, so to maintain proper health, always use caution.  For more information on asbestos and the dangers associated, please reference the following links:

international gem society: Gemstone Toxicity table

Gemstone Toxicity During Normal Handling

Most minerals are safe to handle normally. However, radioactivity in minerals containing uranium and thorium should be assessed using a Geiger counter prior to handling. Water soluble gems will also require extra care.

While certain heavy metals have adverse effects at any concentration, others are far less toxic.

Gemstone Toxicity While Cutting

Lapidaries should exercise caution when cutting potentially toxic minerals. Inhalation or accidental ingestion of particles could be detrimental to your health. Furthermore, inhalation of asbestos and silica can be physically toxic.

For additional information, see our articles on lapidary health hazards and safety tips and toxic and radioactive gem safety tips.

Potential Toxicity for Intentional Gemstone Ingestion

Crystal healers should avoid making potions with toxic gems. They should also avoid putting these gems in their or their patients’ mouths. In addition, some gems have no known toxicity but are still soluble in acids. If you swallow particles of these gems, their dissolution in your stomach could release impurities in the mineral. Certain gems may react dangerously with stomach acid to produce hydrofluoric acid (HF) or hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S). Avoid ingesting gems that may produce these dangerous substances.

Finally, most lists of toxic gems on crystal healing websites include aluminum and a few other elements as toxic. While these can be toxic, the dose required to induce a toxic reaction is exceptionally high. As long as you’re not eating rock dust, toxicity from these stones is unlikely.

Gemstone Toxicity Table

NameToxicity RiskHazard
AdamiteHighCopper; soluble in acids, Arsenic, Copper; soluble in acids
AlbiteNone KnownN/A
AlexandriteNone KnownN/A
AlgodoniteHighCopper; may react with water and acids, Arsenic, Copper; may react with water and acids
AlmandineNone KnownN/A
AmberHighOrganic Material
AmblygoniteHighCan react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
AmmoliteHighOrganic Material
AnalcimeNone KnownN/A
AnataseNone KnownSoluble in acids
AndalusiteNone KnownN/A
AndesineNone KnownN/A
AndraditeNone KnownN/A
Anhydrite (Angelite)None KnownSoluble in acids
AnorthiteNone KnownSoluble in acids
ApatiteHighCan react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
ApophylliteNone KnownSoluble in acids
AquamarineNone KnownN/A
AragoniteNone KnownSoluble in acids
AugeliteNone KnownSoluble in acids
AxiniteNone KnownN/A
AzuriteHighCopper; Soluble in acids
BayldoniteHighLead, Arsenic; Slightly soluble in acids, Copper, Lead, Arsenic; Slightly soluble in acids
BenitoiteNone KnownN/A
BerylNone KnownN/A
BerylloniteNone KnownSoluble in acids
Black OnyxLowSilicosis
BoleiteHighLead; Soluble in acids, Copper, Lead; Soluble in acids
BoraciteLowBorate; Soluble in acids
BorniteHighCopper; Soluble in acids
BrazilianiteNone KnownN/A
BreithauptiteMediumAntimony, Nickel, Antimony
BrookiteNone KnownN/A
BruciteHighAsbestos; Soluble in acids
BustamiteNone KnownSoluble in acids
BytowniteNone KnownN/A
Calcareous ConcretionsHighOrganic Material
CalciteNone KnownSoluble in acids
CanasiteNone KnownN/A
CancriniteNone KnownSoluble in acids
CassiteriteNone KnownN/A
CatapleiiteNone KnownSoluble in acids
CelestiteNone KnownN/A
CeruleiteHighCopper; Soluble in acids, Arsenic, Copper; Soluble in acids
CerussiteHighLead; Soluble in acids
ChabaziteNone KnownSoluble in acids
ChambersiteLowBorate; Soluble in acids
CharoiteNone KnownN/A
Chicken-Blood StoneHighSilicosis,Mercury, Silicosis
ChildreniteNone KnownSoluble in acids
ChioliteNone KnownN/A
ChromiteHighHexavalent Chromium Traces
ChrysoberylNone KnownN/A
Chrysocolla ChalcedonyLowSilicosis
CinnabarHighMercury; Can react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
ClinochloreNone KnownN/A
CobaltiteHighCobalt; Can react dangerously if accidentally swallowed, Arsenic, Cobalt; Can react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
ColemaniteNone KnownSoluble in acids
CoralHighOrganic Material
CordieriteNone KnownSoluble in acids
CordundumNone KnownN/A
CovelliteHighCopper; Can react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
CreediteNone KnownSoluble in acids
CrocoiteHighLead; Soluble in acids, Hexavalent Chromium, Lead; Soluble in acids
CryoliteHighCan react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
CupriteHighCopper; Soluble in acids
DanburiteNone KnownSlightly soluble in acids
DatoliteLowBorate; Soluble in acids
Demantoid GarnetNone KnownN/A
DiamondNone KnownN/A
DiasporeNone KnownN/A
DickinsoniteNone KnownSoluble in acids
DiopsideNone KnownN/A
DioptaseHighCopper; Soluble in acids
DolomiteMediumMay contain heavy metals; Soluble in acids
DumortieriteNone KnownN/A
EkaniteHighRadioactivity (Uranium, Thorium), Lead, Radioactivity (Uranium, Thorium)
EmeraldNone KnownN/A
EnstatiteNone KnownN/A
EosphoriteNone KnownSoluble in acids
EpidoteNone KnownSoluble in acids; Other members of the epidote group contain lead and radioactive elements
EttringiteNone KnownMay contain heavy metals; Soluble in water
EuclaseNone KnownN/A
EudialyteMediumZircon; Slightly radioactive; Soluble in acids
EuxeniteHighThorium,Uranium, Thorium
FeldsparNone KnownN/A
FergusoniteLowRare Earth Elements; Soluble in acids
FluoriteNone KnownCan react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
Freshwater PearlsHighOrganic Material
FriedeliteNone KnownSoluble in acids
GadoliniteLowRare Earth Elements; Soluble in acids
GahnospinelNone KnownN/A
GarnetNone KnownN/A
GaylussiteNone KnownSoluble in acids
GrandidieriteNone KnownN/A
Grossular GarnetNone KnownN/A
GypsumNone KnownSoluble in acids
HambergiteLowBorate; Soluble in acids
HaüyneNone KnownSoluble in acids
HeliodorNone KnownN/A
HematiteLowIron; Soluble in acids
HemimorphiteNone KnownSoluble in acids
HerderiteNone KnownSoluble in acids
HessoniteNone KnownN/A
HodgkinsoniteNone KnownSoluble in acids
HoltiteMediumRare Earth Elements,Arsenic, Rare Earth Elements
HowliteNone KnownSoluble in acids
HuebneriteLowTungsten; Soluble in acids
HumiteNone KnownSoluble in acids
HureauliteNone KnownSoluble in acids
HurlbutiteNone KnownSoluble in acids
HydrogrossularNone KnownSoluble in acids
IdocraseLowcopper, and rare earths; Soluble in acids, May contain beryllium, copper, and rare earths; Soluble in acids
InderiteLowBorate; Soluble in acids
IoliteNone KnownSoluble in acids
JadeiteNone KnownN/A
JeremejeviteNone KnownN/A
JetHighOrganic Material
KämmereriteNone KnownN/A
KornerupineNone KnownN/A
KurnakoviteLowBorate; Soluble in acids
KyaniteNone KnownN/A
LabradoriteNone KnownN/A
LangbeiniteNone KnownWater soluble
Lapis LazuliMediumOften included with pyrite
LawsoniteNone KnownN/A
LazuliteNone KnownN/A
LepidoliteNone KnownSoluble in acids
LeuciteNone KnownSoluble in acids
LinariteHighLead; Soluble in acids,Copper, Lead; Soluble in acids
LudlamiteNone KnownSoluble in acids
MagnesiteLowSoluble in acids. As a powder, it can irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory system.
MalachiteHighCopper; Soluble in acids
Malaya GarnetNone KnownN/A
Mali GarnetNone KnownN/A
Mandarin GarnetNone KnownN/A
ManganotantaliteNone KnownN/A
MarcasiteMediumReacts with water
MeliphaniteNone KnownN/A
MelliteHighOrganic Material
MicroclineNone KnownN/A
MicroliteHighCan react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
MilariteNone KnownN/A
MilleriteHighNickel; can react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
MimetiteHighLead; Soluble in acids, Arsenic, Lead; Soluble in acids
MoldaviteNone KnownN/A
MonaziteLowRare Earth Elements; Soluble in acids
MoonstoneNone KnownN/A
MorganiteNone KnownN/A
NambuliteNone KnownN/A
NephelineNone KnownSoluble in acids
NephriteNone KnownN/A
NeptuniteNone KnownN/A
Niccolite (Nickeline)HighNickel,Arsenic, Nickel
OligoclaseNone KnownN/A
Oregon SunstoneMediumCopper
OrthoclaseNone KnownN/A
Padparadscha SapphireNone KnownN/A
PainiteNone KnownN/A
PalygorskiteNone KnownN/A
Paraiba TourmalineNone KnownN/A
PargasiteNone KnownN/A
ParisiteHighCan react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
PearlHighOrganic Material
Pectolite (Larimar)None KnownN/A
PericlaseHighLaxative; reacts with water
PeridotNone KnownN/A
PeristeriteNone KnownN/A
PerthiteNone KnownN/A
PetaliteNone KnownN/A
PhenakiteNone KnownN/A
PhosgeniteMediumLead; Soluble in acids
PhosphophylliteNone KnownSoluble in acids
PolluciteLowCesium; Soluble in acids
PowelliteMediumMolybdenum; Soluble in acids
PrehniteNone KnownSoluble in acids
ProsopiteHighCan react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
ProustiteHighCan react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
PumpellyiteNone KnownN/A
PurpuriteLowSoluble in acids
PyrargyriteHighCan react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
PyriteHighCan react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
PyropeNone KnownN/A
PyrophylliteLowSoluble in acids
PyroxmangiteNone KnownN/A
PyrrohotiteHighCan react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
RealgarHighArsenic; Can react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
Red BerylNone KnownN/A
RhodiziteNone KnownN/A
RhodochrositeLowManganese; Soluble in acids
RhodoliteNone KnownN/A
RhodoniteLowManganese; Soluble in acids
Rose QuartzHighSilicosis
Rubellite TourmalineNone KnownN/A
RubyNone KnownN/A
RutileNone KnownN/A
Saltwater PearlsHighOrganic Material
SamarskiteHighUranium, Rare earth elements; Soluble, Lead, Uranium, Rare earth elements; Soluble
SanidineNone KnownN/A
SapphireNone KnownN/A
SapphirineNone KnownN/A
ScapoliteNone KnownN/A
ScoroditeHighArsenic; Soluble in acids
SellaiteHighCan react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
SenarmontiteLowAntimony; soluble in water
SeranditeNone KnownN/A
SerpentineNone KnownN/A
ShattuckiteMediumCopper; soluble in acids
ShellHighOrganic Material
ShortiteNone KnownWater soluble
SideriteNone KnownSoluble in acids
SillimaniteNone KnownN/A
SimpsoniteMediumTantalum; soluble in acids
SinhaliteNone KnownN/A
SmaltiteHighCobalt, Nickel; soluble in acids, Arsenic, Cobalt, Nickel; soluble in acids
SmithsoniteMediumZinc; soluble in acids
Smoky QuartzHighSilicosis
SodaliteNone KnownSoluble in acids
SogdianiteNone KnownN/A
Spessartite GarnetNone KnownN/A
SphaleriteNone KnownN/A
Sphene (Titanite)None KnownN/A
SpinelNone KnownN/A
SpurriteNone KnownN/A
StauroliteNone KnownN/A
StibiotantaliteLowNiobium, Tantalum, Antimony, Niobium, Tantalum
StichtiteNone KnownSoluble in acids
StolziteHighTungsten, Lead, Tungsten
SugiliteNone KnownN/A
SunstoneNone KnownN/A
TaafeiteNone KnownN/A
TalcNone KnownN/A
TantaliteMediumTantalum; soluble in acids, Niobium, Tantalum; soluble in acids
TanzaniteNone KnownN/A
TephroiteNone KnownN/A
ThomsoniteNone KnownN/A
 HighAsbestos; Silicosis
TopazNone KnownN/A
TourmalineNone KnownN/A
TremoliteNone KnownN/A
Triphylite (Tryphylite)MediumLithium; soluble in acids
TsavoriteNone KnownN/A
TugtupiteNone KnownN/A
UvaroviteNone KnownN/A
VanadiniteHighVanadium,Lead, Vanadium
VarisciteNone KnownN/A
VäyryneniteNone KnownN/A
VilliaumiteHighWater soluble; Can react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
VivianiteNone KnownN/A
WarditeNone KnownSoluble in acids
WavelliteNone KnownN/A
WilkeiteHighCan react dangerously if accidentally swallowed
WillemiteNone KnownN/A
WollastoniteNone KnownN/A
XonotliteNone KnownN/A
YugawaraliteNone KnownN/A
ZektzeriteLowZirconium,Lithium, Zirconium
ZinciteNone KnownSoluble in acids
ZirconLowZirconium; soluble in acids
ZunyiteHighCan react dangerously if accidentally swallowed

If you find any incorrect or inconsistent information in this table, please contact the IGS team.

This list is just a starting point.  Please do your research and use caution when using crystals and be aware that all crystals pose risk as they are natural products.  Any crystal can contain various compounds so care should always be taken to assume no crystal should be ingested or used for “potions” or elixirs to be ingested.  Do not use any products from Mountain Aura to ingest or inhale unless directed from a licensed Physician.

Mountain Aura takes no responsibility for any injury caused by purchasing any product from or any affiliated social media site or in person event. By purchasing you accept responsibility that you are purchasing a natural product and understand the risks associated with that action.

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