Here is a Question from One of Our Customers:
Q: I recently was gifted a crystal ball approx. 4" in diameter. My friend and myself are wondering how to go about checking the authenticity of a clear qurarz crystal ball. Do you know how it can be tested?
"Crystal Balls" are usually created from clarified Quartz, meaning the quartz is crushed and heated, impurities removed, and then it is shaped into a sphere. Clarified crystal balls will be very clear, like glass. The only difference is that with glass you can see right through without any distortion, while clarified quartz spheres will be clear but with some distortion.
There are also "Real" crystal balls, which are natural quartz shaped into spheres (Yes, there is actually a machine that turns the quartz to shape it into a sphere. With real Quartz, there is most always an inclusion, mists or veils, internal fractures etc. They are never 100% clear (that I have ever seen anyway).
There are ways you can test, but there are some downsides. You would have to be willing to damage the sphere to do it. Any lab would have to have a small piece of the sphere to test. Plus, testing is costly ($80 and up) and the wait may be long. I could only find a few labs that do this particular type of testing.
I hope this information is helpful! Enjoy your crystal ball, they are so much fun to work with!
with love and crystal blessings,
Posted on March 05, 2011
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