The Meaning of Your Crystal Cracking or Breaking

Broken Quartz Wand

Sometimes a stone or crystal just suddenly breaks. It can upset you especially when it is one of your most favorite pieces. Let’s look at the energy aspect of what has happened.

Think of it as the singer and wine glass shattering scenario. What causes that to happen? The frequencies of the wine glass were perfectly pitched or perfectly oscillated with the sound frequency of the note that the singer was holding. This created a third resonant field of greater energy and that cracks the wine glass.

For you science buffs: In physics, resonance is the tendency of a system to oscillate with greater amplitude at some frequencies than at others. Frequencies at which the response amplitude is a relative maximum are known as the system’s resonant frequencies, or resonance frequencies. At these frequencies, even small periodic driving forces can produce large amplitude oscillations, because the system stores vibrational energy. Resonance occurs when a system is able to store and easily transfer energy between two or more different storage modes (such as kinetic energy and potential energy in the case of a pendulum).

One familiar example is a playground swing, which acts as a pendulum. Pushing a person in a swing in time with the natural interval of the swing (its resonant frequency) will make the swing go higher and higher (maximum amplitude), while attempts to push the swing at a faster or slower tempo will result in smaller arcs. This is because the energy the swing absorbs is maximized when the pushes are “in phase” with the swing’s natural oscillations, while some of the swing’s energy is actually extracted by the opposing force of the pushes when they are not.

Resonance occurs widely in nature, and is exploited in many man made devices. It is the mechanism by which virtually all sinusoidal waves and vibrations are generated. Many sounds we hear, such as when hard objects of metal, glass, or wood are struck, are caused by brief resonant vibrations in the object. Light and other short wavelength electromagnetic radiation is produced by resonance on an atomic scale, such as electrons in atoms.

Other examples are:

  • Timekeeping mechanisms of modern clocks and watches, e.g., the balance wheel in a mechanical watch and the quartz crystal in a quartz watch
  • Tidal resonance of the Bay of Fundy
  • Acoustic resonances of musical instruments and human vocal cords
  • Shattering of a crystal wineglass when exposed to a musical tone of the right pitch (its resonant frequency)
  • Electrical resonance of tuned circuits in radios and TVs that allow radio frequencies to be selectively received
  • Creation of coherent light by optical resonance in a laser cavity
  • Orbital resonance as exemplified by some moons of the solar system’s gas giants
  • Material resonances in atomic scale are the basis of several spectroscopic techniques that are used in condensed matter physics
  • Electron spin resonance
  • Mössbauer effect
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance


The same scenario may be taking place when our crystal cracks. The vibrational frequency of the crystal may be synchronizing with a frequency in its environment which causes the crystal to crack and/or break.

Keep in mind…crystals do not die or stop working just because they’ve cracked or broken. Please continue to work with them. They are still there for you. Now, the intense energy that caused the stone or crystal to crack, whether a physical impact or energetic impact was intense (especially if we’re talking about a quartz crystal), and that may have temporarily altered the crystal’s normal vibrational frequency.

It isn’t just your personal energy that caused the crystal to break or crack. Pay attention to where you were when the crystal cracked or broke. Just as we can feel and absorb other people’s energies, so do the crystal and gemstones we may have on our body or near us.

You will want to give that crystal some time away from your close energy contact. Especially if you carried the crystal in your pocket, wore it as jewelry or had it anywhere else on your body. Give the crystal a nice cleansing. After about 6 weeks, it should be ready to close to you again.

How do you cleanse the crystal? Thank the crystal for working with you. Then since there was a high amplitude energy that caused it to crack, you can do a good crystal re-tuning by burying it in Mother Earth. You can bury it in an indoor potted plant or bury it outside. If you bury it outside, be sure to mark the spot well so you can find it again!

What if this happens more than once with a particular crystal? Well, in that case, its work with you may be done. Perhaps this is a sign to gift this piece on to whoever needs it more than you. The crystal’s work isn’t completed…. perhaps it just needs to move on to someone else.


This is an excerpt from my Crystal Reiki Course.

Author: White Sage Woman

Tiffany White Sage Woman is Cosmic Heart Healing and Quantum Healing Facilitator, a Spiritual Intuitive, Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Run Valdr Healing and Holistic Health Facilitator. Tiffany is also an ordained Spiritual Inter-Denominational Minister. She is the Owner of Goldylocks Temple of Healing and Goldylocks Productions. Tiffany produces Live Streamed Shows, Podcasts, and Events for those in the Spiritual, Metaphysical and Holistic Professions.

18 thoughts on “The Meaning of Your Crystal Cracking or Breaking”

  1. What if I bought a crystal from someone else with a crack it? Should I not use it? I’m cleaning it under the full moon tonight but not sure what I should I do with it afterward. It’s citrine and I bought it as a gift for my husband who is an intense stock market investor and he also teaches others the craft.

    1. Hello Christee. Of course you can use that crystal! Charge it in the Super Full Moon light! Then put the citrine near his computer where his does his investing or on his desk.

  2. You said a crystal could crack even from something physical… I accidentally dropped mine on the floor at work… I can still use it even after that sort of breakage?

  3. Hi. Recently had a the only ring I ever wear loose the moonstone crystal in the center. It had a crack in it for some time. But never really thought it would fall out. It recently fell out. so i put the ring up in sadness on a shelf. Well this morning I was getting ready for work and I heard a dropping of a coin or “ring” noise. I knew exactly what it was, I found the ring in the sink. It may sound looney but I spoke out loud to whom ever may have been around that(my house was empty) I’m not sure what it meant but that I would put it back on. As I went to grab it I received a rush of energy. A bit anxious that I could not tell if it was good or bad. As I put it on, I heard my intuition tell me to look down and there was the stone that I couldnt find the day before. UNSURE what all this means. I took the ring off as it may have been a release of energy from when I purchased it a long time ago. But know I’m so very unsure. Any thoughts?

  4. Hi ! I’ve used moonstone last two months. Last three days I’ve found a cracked inside moonstone. Should I wear this?

    1. As long as the moonstone is still in one piece, it should be fine. Once it breaks into two or several pieces, I would not wear this anymore. Jewelry pieces effect our chakras (energy centers) so I would not suggest that you wear anything broken, jewelry wise. If you can not return the item to where you purchased it, I would bury the broken pieces. Bury them outside or inside in indoor plants.

  5. What happens when the necklace part of your crystal Stone broke it snapped but your crystal was fine and you got rid of it 20 miles away and it ended up back in your house one month later!??

  6. Great information! With the intensification of this Full moon and Friday the 13th..Charge them crystals! We are all are our crystal’s if “broken” “cracked” whatever…they are as perfect as you! Thank you Great information shared!

  7. What does it mean when a crystal keeps cracking for a particular person. Various empathic members of my family started wearing black tourmaline. My 12 yr old son’s pendant cracked in half within the first few days of wearing it. He got another two pendants, again black tourmaline and also rise quartz. This time the rose quartz broke in half within a few days.
    They both cracked in half in the middle of the crystall , causing the bottom half to fall off. Neither crystal got hit by anything or had any normal reason to break. No one else in the family had their crystals break. Could this be caused by his energy? And what could it mean?

    1. Hello Miriam. Your son’s energy is very powerful and when he is around others in public, his energy gets even higher. Instead of wearing the gemstones on a pendant, have him carry black tourmaline and malachite (or any other green gemstone) in his pants pockets. The breaking and cracking is not a bad thing, the gemstones still have energy even if they are fragmented into multiple pieces. Thank you for reading this article and commenting. Many Blessings to you and your family. ~ Rev. Tiffany

  8. I am trying to find out the meaning of why my lemurian seed crystal snapped in half and cut me during a attunement meditation with archangel Haniel

  9. So, is it only negative energy that breaks crystal? In my life I have witnessed a crystal bowl and a crystal candle holder shatter. Two seperate occasions. One when my grandfather passed and one in a heated retelling on an emotional story. I hadn’t owned a crystal since, because I have no idea why it was happening.

  10. I bought a new amethyst with me to my new place of employment, I had carried it with me in my previous employer and it would sit in my office on my desk. never a crack, was there for many many years. Today after being at my new employment, the amethyst cracked down the back . I am assuming I should take it home and bury it before using it again?

    1. Hello Yari! Yes, thank the amethyst for it’s energetic protection then bury it either outside in the ground or in an indoor plant. It has absorbed too much energy and needs to release now. Earth’s sacred soil is the ultimate Healer.
      Thank you for Sharing!

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