Using Sage and Smudging to Clear Jewelry
by Donna Stellhorn
Do you have jewelry from a past relationship?
Have you received jewelry as a gift from a relative or acquaintance you don’t get along with?
Have you bought jewelry from a garage sale, thrift store or pawn shop?
These are all reasons to clear a piece of jewelry. Jewelry has energy. Sometimes it’s positive energy. But often this is from the previous owner or has the energy of the circumstances in which the object came to you.
This is very true with jewelry from your past. The moment you touch the item it’s like you’re transported back to the time when you received it. This could be to the store you purchased it from, the occasion it was given to you or into the presence of the person gave it to you. Sometimes this is fine, positive energy. But sometimes the energy is negative or it was positive but now it’s time to move on.
The Reasons to Clear a Piece of Jewelry.
You may have purchased the piece of jewelry in a pawn shop, at a swap meet, at a thrift shop or a garage sale. In these cases, the item is most likely a used piece and therefore carries the energy of the previous person who owned it. That, of course, might be fine. They may have lived a happy and prosperous life… And then had to sell their jewelry to a pawn shop. You see most likely something occurred in their life and they needed to part with the piece. So there can be negative energy attached to the item. When you wear the item you are tapping into that negative energy. You might not recognize that the bad luck or negative things are happening because you are wearing this piece of jewelry. You may think you’re just having a run of bad luck. But we can shift the energy of the object by clearing it. And one way to do that is through burning a smudge stick.
Or perhaps you have been given the jewelry piece by someone you don’t particularly like. Sometimes there are family members you don’t get along with. Yet a holiday or an occasion comes along and they decide to give you a piece of jewelry. This piece could come from their own collection or it could be something they bought. Perhaps you like the piece and you want to wear it but it reminds you of them, this person you don’t get along with. Or you feel obligated to wear the jewelry because it came from a family member. They would wonder why they never see you wearing it. Perhaps you just want to clear the piece so you can feel that you can let go of it without fear of repercussions from the family. These are all reasons to clear the item.
The third most common reason that a piece of jewelry needs to be cleared is it was given to you by someone that you cared about very much for in the past. But now that relationship is over and you need to move on. However, you still like the piece of jewelry and you wish to keep it and wear it. You want to hang on to it without bringing up the memories of this person. And you certainly don’t want to create blocks to new love relationships or friendships because you’re holding on to an item from a past relationship. If just seeing the item or touching it brings up memories of the past then you know there’s energy attached to the jewelry. You can shift in energy through clearing the piece.
When to Clear an Item
If you pick up a piece of jewelry from a pawn shop and bring it home it’s a good idea to clear it as soon as you can. You may want to place the item away from your own jewelry until you have time to complete the clearing process. If you keep it in a special place this will help you remember to clear it. It’s a very good idea not to wear the item until you’ve cleared it.
If this is an item that came from somebody you don’t like but you want to keep and wear the item it’s a good idea to clear the item. Now it may not always be possible to clear it before you wear it the first time. The person who gave you the item may insist you put it on right away. But when you get home, take off the item and put it aside until you can clear it. Also after wearing the uncleared item, remember to clear yourself. Click here to see an article on clearing yourself.
If the item is from a past love or a past friendship it is okay to clear the item when it occurs to you. If you’re ready to move on and find a new love relationship you may want to go through your jewelry and separate out the pieces you associate with this relationship. You can clear several items at once and then bring them back into your jewelry collection. It’s okay if an item has sat in your jewelry box for a while. It’s time to clear it when you notice that it’s there and when you’ve decided it’s time to move on with your life. Clearing this piece of jewelry can help you move forward rather than be sent back into the past. Clearing also helps unblocked your future.
How to Clean and Clear Your Jewelry
Because jewelry can be delicate and made of materials such as pearls, fine soft metals, silk, yarn, or fabric one of the best ways to clear jewelry is by smudging. Other methods such as salt or smudge spray can damage the item. If you’re unfamiliar with burning sage you may want to check out the video on what happens when you light a smudge stick. I’ve linked that right here.
First, gather the pieces you want to clear. Dust off each piece. If it’s made of metal and you normally use jewelry cleaner it’s a good idea to give it a quick cleaning. Otherwise, make sure the item is free from dust and dirt. Then you’re ready to clear the item.
You want to have a heatproof dish you can lay the lit smudge stick on as you’re doing this process. You will be holding the stick at times but also you will need to set the sage wand down during the smudging. An abalone shell can be used for this purpose however the bottom of the shell can get very hot. It’s a good idea to have a heat-resistant rivet or plate beneath the shell. Additionally, sometimes an abalone shell is not stable because of the rounded bottom.
You can use a simple heatproof dish. It’s a good choice for this purpose. You could choose a dish that’s large enough also catch any falling ash. Hot ash can damage the surface of the table or floor, especially a carpeted floor. Do be careful.
You need a smudge wand, and white sage would be the best in this case. You need some way to light the smudge stick such as matches, a lighter or a lit candle. If you’re choosing to use a candle a good color choice for the candle would be white. Blue would also work well.
Light the smudge stick and set it on the heat-proof plate. Take a moment as the smoke is rising to watch the smoke and just breath. Feel tension leave your body. Let it fall away and be absorbed by the earth. The earth will take your stress and turn it into flowers and trees. Now say this affirmation, “I’m stating to the Universe that I intend to clear the energy of this item (or items).”
Then pick up the smudge stick and make sure it’s still smoking. Hold it in your power hand (the hand you write with). Pick up the item of jewelry in the other hand. If it’s a long necklace hold it so it doesn’t dangle very far. If it’s a pair of earrings you can do one at a time. Now hold the sage wand still and pass the jewelry through the smoke. Turn the item so the smoke touches all sides of the item. This should take you about 10-20 seconds. Now say these words, “I clear this [necklace, ring, pin, etc.] of all negativity. And when I wear this [necklace, ring, pin, etc.] I welcome joy, peace, and prosperity.
Now the smudging is complete and this item is cleared.
Clearing Specific Types of Jewelry
There are specific types of jewelry that can be very beneficial to keep. These can be cleared with an affirmation specifically for the material the item is made from. Here’s a short list of some very special materials.
Diamond jewelry can attract wealth. When it’s time for your affirmation, say the following. “I clear this diamond of all negative energy and I ask that its wealth drawing power be restored.” And as you finish the smudging and set down the smudge stick in the heatproof tray. You hold the item and say, “this diamond is now cleared and I claim its wealth drawing powers for myself.”
Pearl jewelry is said to help heal pain and stop tears. This could be pearl earrings, a single pearl on a pendant or a string of pearls. It must be natural pearls, either freshwater pearls or round cultured pearls. Only genuine pearls have the ability to remove tears and sadness from a person. Artificial pearls will not work and can be cleared in the same way you clear any item. But if you are clearing genuine pearls you may want to do the following. Say as your affirmation, “I clear these pearls of all negativity and I asked that their power to remove sadness and tears be restored.” As you complete the clearing and set down your smudge stick then say, “this clearing is complete and I claim the power of these pearls to remove sadness and tears from my own life”.
With Gemstone jewelry each gemstone has a particular energy and so when you’re clearing gemstone jewelry you want to re-energize the gemstone with its powerful properties. As with the case of pearls, it’s genuine stones that have the power. Artificial stones which are usually made of plastic or glass can be cleared in the conventional way. Here’s a list of gemstones that are often used for jewelry. If you have a particular piece of gemstone jewelry not on this list please let me know and I’ll message you with the information.
Amber is technically not a stone. Amber is fossilized pine tree resin. The movie Jurassic Park made amber famous with the idea that the insect trapped in the tree resin was used to find the blood sample needed to create dinosaurs. Amber is said to promote longevity, to give strength and to protect against illness. There’s an old Chinese story that said when a tiger dies the soul of the tiger resides in amber until a new tiger is born. So there is power in the amber waiting to be released. Say as your affirmation, “I clear this amber jewelry of all negativity and I asked that its power of healing be restored.” As you complete the clearing and set down your smudge stick then say, “this clearing is complete and I claim the power of this amber jewelry to heal and strengthen myself in body and in spirit”.
Amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones for its radiant purple color. It’s a quartz gemstone that is reputed to dispel fear, bring courage and increase psychic ability. Natural amethyst is quite powerful. Say as your affirmation, “I clear this amethyst jewelry of all negativity and I asked that its power to dispel fear and attract courage be restored.” As you complete the clearing and set down your smudge stick then say, “this clearing is complete and I claim the power of this amethyst jewelry to open me to my spiritual gifts and psychic ability as well as bringing me support to live fearlessly”.
Citrine is one of my personal favorites. It’s a quartz gemstone said to bring wealth and prosperity. Its beautiful yellow color is like gold suspended in crystal. Say as your affirmation, “I clear this citrine jewelry of all negativity and I asked that its power of wealth attraction be restored.” As you complete the clearing and set down your smudge stick then say, “this clearing is complete and I claim the power of this citrine jewelry to bring me wealth and prosperity opportunities”.
Clear Quartz is a great, utilitarian stone. Quartz crystal points of often worn as pendants and can double as a pendulum to answer questions and measure energy. Quartz brings energy and opportunities of all kinds. Say as your affirmation, “I clear this clear quartz jewelry of all negativity and I asked that its pure energy be restored.” As you complete the clearing and set down your smudge stick then say, “this clearing is complete and I claim the power of this clear quartz jewelry as my own to bring me opportunities in line with my goals”.
Emeralds are some of the most expensive stones in the world. The aid in business and help attract success. But emeralds were also the original stone of love and marriage. Years ago, it was an emerald, not a diamond, that you presented to your beloved. Emeralds are also said to help you have a good memory. When clearing your emerald jewelry, say as your affirmation, “I clear this emerald jewelry of all negativity and I asked that its power for bringing success in business be restored. I ask that it’s energy for love and romance within this stone yet again” As you complete the clearing and set down your smudge stick then say, “this clearing is complete and I claim the power of this emerald jewelry as my own. I declare its ability to bring business success is mine to command. Its power to bring a love relationship is now mine”.
Fluorite is a gemstone that grows in interlocking cubes. It’s colors range from green to clear to purple. This stone is often used to aid in making logical assessments, good decisions and to help with mental work. Say as your affirmation, “I clear this fluorite jewelry of all negativity and I asked that its power to strengthen analytical abilities be restored.” As you complete the clearing and set down your smudge stick then say, “this clearing is complete and I claim the power of this fluorite jewelry to increase my mental abilities. I claim the power of this gemstone to help me make wise decisions”.
Garnet is good for protection and power. It can attract a good, solid love relationship. Say as your affirmation, “I clear this garnet jewelry of all negativity and I asked that its power of protection and love attraction be restored.” As you complete the clearing and set down your smudge stick then say, “this clearing is complete and I claim the power of this garnet jewelry to bestow on me power, protection and the ability to attract love into my life”.
Rose Quartz is a popular gemstone for jewelry and loose stones. It’s said to help with sleep, meditation, and peace. Say as your affirmation, “I clear this rose quartz jewelry of all negativity and I asked that its power of peace and healing be restored.” As you complete the clearing and set down your smudge stick then say, “this clearing is complete and I claim the energy of the rose quartz jewelry to heal myself, to help me rest and recover in body, mind, and spirit”.
Ruby is a gemstone that attracts wealth and prestige. It defends from danger and is said to repel enemies. Say as your affirmation, “I clear this ruby jewelry of all negativity and I asked that its power to attract wealth and prestige be restored. I ask that it’s ability to protect and defend be within this stone once more” As you complete the clearing and set down your smudge stick then say, “this clearing is complete and I claim the power of this ruby jewelry to bring me wealth and prestige. I claim the power of the ruby to defend me from danger and repel the evil around me”.
Sapphire is good for will power, wisdom and attracting a faithful partner. Say as your affirmation, “I clear this sapphire jewelry of all negativity and I asked that its energy of will power, wisdom and it’s ability to attract a faithful love relationship be restored.” As you complete the clearing and set down your smudge stick then say, “this clearing is complete and I claim the positive energy of this sapphire jewelry to give me will power, wisdom and the means to attract a faithful partner into my life”.
Turquoise is a beautiful stone with a long history of magical powers. It’s said to help a person heal both in body and in spirit. Say as your affirmation, “I clear this turquoise jewelry of all negativity and I asked that its power of healing be restored.” As you complete the clearing and set down your smudge stick then say, “this clearing is complete and I claim the power of this turquoise jewelry to heal myself in body and in spirit”.
Gold jewelry made out of real gold can attract large sums of money. When clearing gold jewelry you can do the affirmation, “I asked this gold jewelry be cleared of all negativity and I ask that it’s money-drawing powers be restored”. And then as you are completing the clearing, set down the smudge stick and say, “This jewelry is now cleared and I claim its money-drawing powers for myself”.
Silver jewelry that is stamped with the 925 mark of being sterling silver has the power to attract regular income or regular payments of money. When clearing the item you may want to use the following affirmation. “I asked this item to be cleared of all negativity and its power to attract regular income be restored”. When the clearing is complete set down the smudge wand and say, “this item is now cleared and I claim its power of attracting regular income for myself”.
How Often Should Jewelry be Cleared
In general, jewelry should be cleared at least once a year. If you wear a piece of jewelry and encounter a lot of negativity it’s a good idea to clear the piece before you wear it again. Also if you have gemstone jewelry that is no longer drawing positive energy to you then it may be “tired” a need a clearing.
For items found in a pawn shop or garage sale, a single clearing is often enough to restore the positive energy of the piece. But if you find after clearing the item you’re not wearing the item very often it may mean another clearing is needed.
How easy it is to clear sentimental items will depend on how much emotional energy was attached to the jewelry. A new item bought in a store and given to you at Christmas by a disagreeable relative is pretty easy to clear. On the other hand, a difficult relative giving you a piece of jewelry that they wore every day for 20 years is much more challenging to clear and may need many smudging.
Likewise, a piece of jewelry from a time when you were dating a person you were only half interested in is quite easy to clear. But if the relationship went on for a long time, such as years, and was a very intense emotional bond then the energy within the jewelry will be strong. It may take several clearings with a sage stick to remove the residual negative energy.
I hope this helps. If you have questions about how to do a good smudging or you have jewelry made of other gemstones not mentioned here please send me a message.