Updated: Feb 27
As technology advances, the world of crystals & stones has become a little more complicated. Many stones on the market are artificially treated or man-manipulated, and some sellers may not be entirely forthcoming as to what they’re offering.
Most Common Altered Stones
Citrine is tricky stone. Found all over the place, it’s an excellent mineral for confidence, self-esteem, and prosperity. Most Citrine is actually Amethyst that has been superheated, changing its color from purple to bright orange and yellow. Natural Citrine has a much more subtle yellow color and almost has a green hue to it.
Similarly, some smoky quartz or calico pyrite may be heated to intensify their colors.
Various forms of Aura Quartz are incredible to look at. Their rainbow of colors and iridescence is breathtaking, and is all over the place nowadays! While not naturally occurring, their energies are exciting and beautiful, and different from their untreated counterparts. However, it’s worth remembering that these are not naturally occurring – those seeking all natural crystals may want to steer clear.
Malachite is often dyed. Real malachite has swirls, waves, rings, and stripes and are all combined with fake typical having straight symmetrical bands not combing the other attributed; the color is a natural shade of green with fakes typically dark green with black bands.
When buying jewelry, it’s worth noting that there are a LOT of fake or mislabeled items out there! Many producers have mastered making synthetic quartz, and the advertising dyed howlite as authentic turquoise.
Ask Some Questions
The best thing to do when buying stones is to ask the person selling them a few questions: Where is it from? How is this treated? What is this stone? Any good stone seller should know the answers to these questions, and it’s always good to be informed.
One more thing to consider when buying stones is their source. s. Stones being energetic sponges, hold onto their history of homes and handling, and it’s worth wondering if how the extraction process from the earth affects their energy in the long run.
Beyond anything else, collecting crystals should be fun, enriching, and enjoyable. Get out and experience whatever you can, and see for yourself which gems are right for you!