I would like to know how can I tell if the crystal is real?
Thank you for your question.
To answer your question more precisely it would be good to know:
1) what type of crystal it is (for instance, it is easy to make a "fake" turquoise and it is not so easy to make some other crystals)
2) whether you have it and can hold it or whether you are looking at the photo
3) how much experience you've had with that particular type of crystal
4) there are tests one can do for certain types of crystals/minerals to determine whether they are real (for instance, there are tests to determine whether something is real amber or not, real turquoise or not, etc, but those methods vary depending on the crystal in question).
One of the ways might be to type in a name of the crystal into Google, click "images" and take a look at the image of that crystal and compare it with yours.
Very generally, if something is super-clear, super-sparkly and without any nicks or scratches and very affordable -- it is very likely that it is not a real crystal. Of course, if a crystal is made to be in a shape of a sphere or if it is of a gem quality or faceted, that means that it has been polished, so it would not have scratches, it would be sparkly and clear, and that would be reflected in a higher price . . .
If you are asking because you are looking at something to buy from a particular seller, try to determine that seller's authenticity and honesty.
For instance, the crystals that we sell are described in a way that lets the customers know what kind, size, shape, color and quality they are getting, and often includes the location of the mine where they are from. You can take a look here
Hope this was helpful!
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