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Cleaning  Dirty Crystals
This is not about the controversial subject of  cleansing  crystals but about mundane cleaning
Sometimes crystals get dirty.  Sometimes they have glue on them when you  get them or they have a stick on paper price tag.  They may get a bit of grease  on them.
One has to consider  whether or not the stone or  crystal is hard or soft  and easily scratched and whether or not  the color may fade  You have to determine if a crystal can be immersed in water. Some stones are damaged by water. Some by salt water. Some stones fizz and or decompose when they contact vinager. Others will absorb  soap or oils . Some stones are very hard to clean because of uneven rough  surfaces.   Some have  parts that may break off . some stones have been dyed and some of these colors might fade or bleed or be water soluable.

Avoid using anything abrasive because even harder stones
can sometimes get scratched or chipped.
I have sometimes gotten sticky glue off by rubbing it with a soft cloth this  is somewhat time consumming and does not always work.
 Many of the suggestions  found on the net such as using toothpaste or acetone are way too harsh and potentially damaging One some people say that warming the  glue with a hair dryer will soften it enough to remove but I don't know  if I'd want to heat of my stones either.
Some websites suggest a mild dish soap like Dawn . Some people report good results with olive oil or almond oil to take glue  off.

I've had good results with either peanut butter or olive oil. Good luck.
Wilayne
I'm not sure if Lapis would absorb oil or not .
*whew* I was just thinking that I always use a dab of dishwashing liquid.
I know it isn't good to get some stones wet (and agree if the stone is dyed,
this could alter the coloring), but that would be my suggestion if olive oil
doesn't work.

Ahreinya
 I just read the message from Tom about cleaning sticky label adhesive off of stones, plastic, glass, etc.  I use a product call "Goo Gone".  It comes in a small spray bottle with a cap and you can buy it in the grocery store.  It is very gentle on all of my things that I want to get the sticky goo off.  I am sure the stones will be relieved to be rid of the sticky stuff just as much as you and you can rinse your articles in warm water or even soapy warm water.  My stones are just fine and beautiful.  "Goo Gone" is sort of an oily liquid spray and will take the sticky stuff off very gently.  Depending on the 'glue' that is used on the labels, you might have to spray the article a second time.  Good luck.

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