I purchased a piece of Black Kyanite for grounding purposes. It has a bit of rust on it. Am I able to clean the rust from it? And should I? Thank you.
The best cleaner to use to remove rust and staining on crystals is Oxalic Acid. It is fairly common and can be found at hardware stores and even Walmart. It is a powder that you mix with water and you want to follow the directions very carefully. I am going to include a link to an article about cleaning crystals that will help.
Cleaning mineral specimens: a guide for mineral collectors and field collectors on home techniques.
My only concern is that you are dealing with a dark crystal and I am not sure what kind of effect the cleaning will have on it. I have successfully used Oxalic Acid to remove rust from Clear Quartz but I have not used it on darker crystals. There are other suggestions in the article that I included that you might want to try first. Or, as you originally asked, maybe the crystal is meant to be as is with the rust? I would leave it for a while and see if how the energy feels to you. If the rust seems to be detracting from that then try a method to remove it. Sometimes what appears to our eyes as a flaw is really beneficial energetically so that is why I suggest working with it before you do anything to change it.
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