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How do I know if my crystals are real?

Hi everyone! I'm fairly new to the world of crystals and gemstones and I recently purchased some crystals from a local store. However, I'm not sure if they are real or not. I did some research online and found out that there are many fake crystals out there that are made of glass or other materials.

I really want to make sure that the crystals I purchased are real and not just cheap imitations. Is there a way to tell if a crystal is real or not? I've heard of some methods like checking for the weight, hardness, and color of the crystal, but I'm not entirely sure how accurate these methods are.

Any advice or tips on how to identify real crystals would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

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vince.thiel

Hey there! I had the same question when I started buying crystals. I found that the best way to determine if my crystals were real was to do a little bit of research beforehand.

For example, if you're buying a clear quartz crystal, you should know that it's going to be heavy and cold to the touch. It should also have a few natural inclusions such as lines, veils or rainbows that show its authenticity.

Another way to ensure the authenticity of the crystal is to buy from a trusted seller. Do your research and look for stores or online shops that have a good reputation within the crystal community. They are more likely to sell genuine crystals than one-off sellers.

Lastly, you can always ask the seller about the origin of the crystal, the type of mineral it is, or for any certifications they may have. This will give you a better understanding of the quality of the crystal you are purchasing.

I hope this helps! Don't get discouraged and remember that there are many ways to appreciate the beauty and benefits of crystals, regardless of their authenticity.

efrain.lakin

Hello, fellow crystal enthusiasts! As someone who has been collecting crystals for many years now, I have a few suggestions on how to tell if your crystals are real.

Firstly, check the price. While there's no definitive way to tell if a crystal is genuine just by its cost, a very inexpensive price may be a warning sign. Cheap crystals that are too good to be true might indicate that they are not genuine.

Secondly, examine the crystal under magnification to identify any internal cracks, scratches, or chips which can signal that the crystal might be a fake. A genuine crystal will have nature-created flaws that are quite distinctive.

Thirdly, pay attention to the weight and texture. Natural crystals are quite dense and heavy for their size, whereas fake crystals are typically lightweight and appear to have a plastic-like texture.

Lastly, avoid buying crystals from shady vendors or unscrupulous dealers online. If you are inexperienced with crystals, purchase from reputable sources that specialize in selling natural crystals.

I hope these tips are helpful when you're in doubt about the authenticity of your crystals!

areinger

Hi there! I understand the confusion regarding the authenticity of crystals. When I first started collecting crystals, I had the same concerns. One way to ensure you're buying a genuine crystal is to do a scratch test.

Take the crystal and rub it on a piece of unglazed porcelain tile, the same material used in ceramic pottery. If the tile is scratched or shows a mark from the crystal, then it's likely to be authentic. However, if the tile scratches the crystal or leaves nothing behind, then the crystal is probably fake.

Furthermore, check for any bubbles or irregularities in the crystal. Most natural crystals have small air pockets, while synthetic crystals can be too perfect without any such imperfections.

Bear in mind that some crystals may be treated or enhanced to improve their appearance, durability, or color. This is quite common, but not necessarily a bad thing. However, it is essential to know what you are buying so that you can make an informed decision.

In general, take the time to research the crystal you are interested in and apply these tips during purchase. In the end, the most important thing is finding a crystal that resonates with you, whether it's authentic or not.

lilliana98

Hey! I've been collecting crystals for a while now and I understand your concern about wanting to ensure the genuineness of the crystals. From my experience, the best way to determine if the crystals are real is to use a UV light.

You can use a UV light to identify certain minerals that have fluorescence or phosphorescence. For example, if you're buying a fluorite crystal, it should glow under a UV light. Whereas if the glow is too strong and unusual, it could mean that the crystal is treated or is a synthetic counterpart.

Additionally, pay attention to the color of the crystals as this could also be a sign of its authenticity. Natural crystals usually have impurities or inclusions that add unique colors to the stone. For example, a natural amethyst crystal may have slight color variations throughout.

In general, it's always best to buy from reputable crystal shops, whether online or offline. They take pride in providing quality, authentic crystals and will always be happy to answer any questions you may have about their origins, treatments, and certifications.

Hope this helps! Happy crystal hunting!

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