How can I tell if a quartz crystal is natural or just a piece of glass? Does quartz break the same way as glass? Thanks !
Thank you so much for your question about how to tell the difference between Clear Quartzand Glass.
There are a few things that you can look for that can indicate whether your crystal is glass or Clear Quartz. Clear Quartzwill typically show some inclusions like lines, waves or cracks. Glass is either perfectly clear or may show some bubbles. Clear Quartzis harder than glass so you can test it by trying to cut a piece of glass (something like a glass bottle) with the crystal. If it cuts the glass, then you know it is Quartz. You specifically asked if they break in different ways. Since Quartzis harder it is typically more difficult to break and my experience is that it will chip or have piece break off when it is dropped. Glass will shatter because it is lighter. Finally, my favorite way to identify crystals is to feel the energy. Everything has energy and that includes glass and Quartz. Quartz has a higher vibration I can usually feel it's energy more easily than glass.
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