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Are there really any so called "fake" crystals? I see on ebay, there are a lot of very cheap crystals (usually they are from China). People say, that China is a country with the most "fake" stuff that they manufacture (man made) in the world. They can imitate anything over there. And if any, do these fake crystals have any benefits at all? Or they're just useless junk? How do we avoid getting cheated by sellers of crystals out there? Thank you very much. I am really new to this crystal thing, and I am really starting to get really fascinated and I feel like my luck is changing.


Dear S,

Thank you for reaching out to us again. I am pleased my information was helpful to you, and that you are happy with Healing Crystals.  Crystals are fascinating, aren’t they? I do hope you and your family have not been negatively impacted by the volcanoes or earthquakes I’ve heard about in Indonesia recently!

To answer your first question about clearing/cleansing what the seller has already cleared or cleansed, yes, I would still clear it. Especially if you are ordering online, it may pick up unwanted energy in transit to your home. Also, they didn’t say how long ago they cleansed it and if some customers with bad energy or other new crystals that haven’t been cleared have come to the store since then, your crystal could be carrying some unwanted energy. I always err on the side of more clearing rather than less, whenever possible.

As for “fake” crystals, yes, some can be manufactured. For example, I know several people who have accidentally bought glass they were told was Clear Quartz. Glass can have bubbles in it, Clear Quartz will not. Other “fake crystals” can be made from resins and will feel lighter than the real thing. Other methods of testing for authenticity are, unfortunately, likely to destroy the crystal. For example, if it breaks and the color is only on the outside, it is fake. Some people will hold a match to a crystal and if it catches fire, it is fake. However, some real crystals and minerals are treated with stabilizers, which can be flammable, so this is not a fool-proof test either. Another method would be to learn the Moh’s hardness of the true crystal you hope to purchase. A scale of this describes what devices (Such as a fingernail, pin or diamond) will scratch a stone of each hardness. A fake may have a different hardness than the real thing. Again, this can damage the stone, which you really can’t do on a crystal you want to purchase. Ultimately, I have found that spending time with the real crystals, holding them and getting to know their energy is a good and harmless way to judge real, versus fake crystals. I can feel the energy of the real thing, but fakes will usually feel “dead.”

One more type of crystal/mineral to be aware of are composites. These are somewhat real, but still fake at the same time. They are made of powder or pieces of real crystals and minerals and held together with a glue or stabilizer of some sort. They will have some of the energy of the real crystal and so have some benefit, but will not have as pure or powerful an energy as the real thing. Here is a link to some more informationon this subject.

Finally, I’m glad you are starting to get over your difficult experiences. Jade is considered a stone of good fortune. I am a fan of Nephrite Jade, myself, but any Green Jade can be lucky and help attract abundance. (We do not currently have any Green Jade.)

I hope this information has been helpful to you. Of course, if you have any further questions regarding crystals or crystal healing, please feel free to contact us again.

Crystal Blessings!
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I am not a medical professional and can neither diagnose illness nor prescribe medical treatments. Crystals should not be used as a replacement for medical care, but rather used as a complimentary therapy along with the treatment prescribed by your licensed medical professional.

Posted on January 25, 2014

  Wonderful article. I have always shyed away from synthetic and dyed crystals. I appreciated your look at synthetically composite crystals. and would suggest to those working with crystal energies and devas to intentionally charge / channel amplified energy into these stones. We use so many stones (and often in combinations) that composites may be an alternative in certain situations. It is interesting to note that Zincite, while being a manmade crystalline byproduct is actually a quite powerful and sought after crystal. In many cases; fake stones, while undesirable by most 'pure stone' practitioners may be used to enhance color/chakra work. It's all about intent. Thank You.  (Submitted by: Lonny Parr on January 25, 2014)

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