Gemstone Cleansing – Your Questions Answered – Part 4: Sun Bath

Gemstone Cleansing – Your Questions Answered – Part 4: Sun Bath

Part 4: Sun Bath

This is the fourth of a five-part series in which Gemisphere Office Manager Michelle answers your questions about how to energetically cleanse your therapeutic gemstones. Next week’s post will feature the Clay Cleanse methods. Read Part 1: Salt Bed, Part 2: Plant Rejuvenation, and Part 3: Water Rinse.

Who doesn’t love a little soak in the sun while lying on the beach or in the grass? A bit of sunshine can offer powerful restoration for certain therapeutic gemstones as much as it can for us. Like the Water Rinse, the Sun Bath is a quick and effective way to cleanse and refresh your sun-compatible gemstones when you’re short on time. Laying them to dry in the sun can also be an excellent follow-up to a Water Rinse.

CAUTION: Not all gemstones tolerate a Sun Bath, and the ones that do come with different recommendations for exposure times. Before using a Sun Bath, be sure to check the care instructions card that came with your gemstones. At the end of this post, I list the gems that can be safely cleansed in sunshine and the ones that should avoid it.

What is the Sun Bath?

The Sun Bath uses sunshine to clear the unwanted energies that you release during the course of the gems’ therapeutic work and that collect on the gems’ surface. These unwanted energies bog down the gems and hinder them from working at their full capacity. To cleanse your gems with a Sun Bath, you simply place them in direct sunlight for the recommended amount of time.


Will the Sun Bath work if it’s cloudy?

Yes, but you may want to add a few extra minutes to the time. If you have any doubts about the time, simply stick with the suggested guideline for that gemstone.

Will the Sun Bath work if the sunlight is coming through a window?

Yes! Sunlight shining through a window is just fine.

TIP: For the best Sun Bath cleanse, place your gemstones outside on the grass or in the branches of a plant in sunlight. Just make sure your gems are secure when you place them outside.

How long should I leave my gems in the sun?

That depends on the gemstone, and time recommendations vary widely. Some gems can handle no more than five minutes, and none should be left in the sun for more than an hour. For this reason, when using a Sun Bath, it’s especially important to check the time guidelines on the gem’s individual care card. You can also find these individual guidelines in the How to Use tab on the gem’s product page on

What happens if I leave my gemstones in the sun too long?

Leaving your gems in the sun too long can result in them becoming energetically “sunburned.” Should overexposure occur, placing your gems in a plant overnight or giving them a bentonite clay bath can help rebalance them. (First check if your gems can tolerate a clay bath.) Note that sunshine bleaches the color of some gemstones, so do take care not to overexpose them.

Can my gems get sunburned if I wear them in the sun?

Your aura and movement will usually protect your gemstones from overexposure to the sun. However, it’s probably best not to sunbathe while wearing your gems for longer than their recommended Sun Bath time. If you are wearing sun-sensitive gemstones and feel like the sun is starting to burn the skin around your neck, then it may be too much for your gemstones. 

Must I do a Water Rinse before cleansing my gems in sunshine?

No, you don’t have to do a Water Rinse beforehand, but if your gems can safely be cleansed in water, then doing so will give them a deeper cleanse.

How often should I give my gems a Sun Bath?

As with the Salt Bed, Plant Rejuvenation, and Water Rinse methods, cleanse gems that you are wearing daily at least two to three times per week. Some gems require more frequent cleansing and have specific Sun Bath requirements—so, again, be sure to read your gemstone’s individualized care instructions.

Because cleansed gems work better, I cleanse mine using the simplest methods (either the Salt Bed or Plant Rejuvenation) after each time I wear them. Then I alternate in a Water Rinse or Sun Bath as I feel drawn to do so. I encourage you to play with the different cleansing methods that are appropriate for your gems to see what works best for you! 

The “Care and Cleansing” chart in the book Gemstone Energy Medicine suggests an hour in the sun for many gemstones, but I see those times have been reduced to 20 minutes on the care cards and website. Why is that?

Because of the thinning of the ozone layer, we have adjusted our original sun-exposure time guidelines for some gems. For the most current information, see the How to Use tab on your gemstone’s individual product page on   

Which gemstone necklaces can be safely cleansed using the Sun Bath?

Agate, Amethyst, Apatite, Apatite Vitality, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Phoenix, Blue Sapphire, Blue Topaz, Breanna (avoid extreme temperature changes), Brigid, Carnelian, Chrome DiopsideCitrine, Clear Topaz, Dark Green Aventurine, Dark Green Emerine, Dawn LightEmerald, Golden Beryl, Golden Light, Golden PhoenixGreen Tourmaline, Heart’s Wisdom, Indigo, Lapis Lazuli, Lavender, Lavender Fire, Lavender Light, Leopardskin Jasper (only if you want to clear the gems before sharing them with another person), Libra, Magic Gift, Malachite, Mother of Pearl, Onyx, Opalight, Patience, Pharaoh, Pink Sapphire, Pink Tourmaline, Poppy Jasper, Red SpinelQuartz, Quartzite, Radiant Heart, Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Riverstone, Roselle, Rubelle, Ruby, Ruby Dream, Ruby Rose, Sodalight, Star Aqua, TanzaniteTrue Self, True Soul, and White Beryl.

Which gemstones necklaces should I avoid cleansing with the Sun Bath?

Apatite Purity, Apatite Strength, Athena, Blood Tonic, Clear SpringEarth Aqua, Fluorite Rainbow, Green JadeLavender Rainbow, Leopard Magic, Light Green Aventurine, Light Green Emerine, Light Stream, Master Healer, Moonstone (Blue and White and Peach), Mystic Warrior, Noble Pink, Ocean Rainbow, Pink Morganite, Pink Radiance, Primordial Forest, Rose Flame, Solar LightSugiliteSummer, Sun Peach, and Yellow Sapphire.

Know Your Gemstones

Not all gemstones are cleansed the same way or with the same frequency, so I encourage you to read the individual care and cleansing instructions found on the information card that came with your gems. You can also find this information at in the How to Use tab on each gemstone’s dedicated page.

Detailed instructions on each cleansing method can be found here.

Did you miss the first three parts of our Gemstone Cleansing blog series? Read all about the Salt Bed here, Plant Rejuvenation here, and the Water Rinse here.

Tune in next week to read about the Clay Bath and Clay Pack methods!

Questions? Our Gemstone Advisors are happy to answer them. Call us at 800-727-8877. Happy Cleansing!

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