I am interested in purchasing several stones that I feel drawn toward and so price is a factor, as there are several (moldavite, herderite, danburite, tibetan tektite, etc.). In my research, I've found that raw stones are much less expensive than gem-quality stones that have been cut and polished. So my question is whether raw/natural versions of the stones less powerful than gem-quality, polished and cut stones used in jewelry? Or are certain stones more powerful when cut and polished, whereas others are as effective when in their natural/raw state?
Also regarding size, my question is whether the size of the stones is important to receive their full benefits? Will 4 mm stones have weaker effects than 10 mm stones?
Very much looking forward to your reply - thanks so much!
Everyone has personal preferences, and I will be happy to share mine here with you. I am sure others will have information to share as well
Raw stones are for the most part less expensive for a couple of reasons. Gem quality stones are usually a higher grade of crystal, and have to go through an extensive polishing and faceting process. Where as raw stones do not go through these same various processes. This does not mean that raw stones are any less powerful, energetically speaking. In fact, many feel that raw stones have a stronger, less diluted energy than their gemstone counterparts. I personally feel that whatever you are drawn to, is perfect for you
The same goes for size. Personally, I feel that size does not matter in the least. The energy contained within is still the same. For instance, an 8oz glass of water contains hydrogen and oxygen (h2O) and a pitcher of water, while containing more of the liquid, still has the exact same elements. Some would counter that larger means more space to hold the energy. For me, I have not found that to be true. The energy is constant, no matter what the size.
There are some articles in the Healing Crystals archive that may be of assistance. They give an alternative view on the question of size. http://www.healingcrystals.com/A_Question_About_Size_Articles_699.htmlhttp://www.healingcrystals.com/Polished_or_Raw__Which_is_best__Articles_1731.html
As with all things, take what resonates with you and leave the rest
I hope this has helped a bit! I look forward to others sharing their own opinions!
with love and crystal blessings,