The crystal kingdom is vast, there are hundreds of different types of stones all with their individual mineral compositions and matrices, and these beautiful gems are formed on our wonderful planet Earth.
Then there are some other stones on the market that have been made by the hands of men, some in a laboratory, and some by skilled glass makers. These creations are very pretty and they also have a flawlessness that is unnatural, perfect for the 'bling' culture. However, they also claim to have healing properties.
Here is a list of the man made stones I have come across so far in my own crystal journey, what they really are, the healing properties that have been attributed to them and an
Earth grown alternative :)
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This pretty stone is a laboratory grown quartz originally created by the U.S. Government for making laser lenses. The standard was so high that if there was the slightest impurity in the crystal it was rejected and sold off at a loss, which is how it got into the metaphysical marketplace.
The crystal is grown by the process of subjecting sodium carbonate or hydroxide to intense heat and pressure and then pouring it over some seed crystals.
Helps with heart related issues both emotional and physical.
Gives hope to those who have been seriously ill.
Opens the heart chakra and helps to release disharmony and become more compassionate and kind.
Rose Quartz - heart and emotions
Amber and Green Calcite - illness and recovery
These lab grown crystals come in many colours yellow, green, blue etc with the colouring coming from the various ingredients that are added to the solution that is poured over the seed crystals. For example the crystal below is created by adding cobalt, and is the Russian version of Lazurine.
SIBERIAN BLUE QUARTZ
LABORATORY GROWN CRYSTALS
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Gaia Stone is a glass material that is made by heating the ashes that erupted from Mount St Helens in 1980.
Psychic and magical development, workng with the forces of nature.
Labradorite - For tapping into your magical and psychic abilities
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A programmable stone that can enhance psychic abilities.
Rutialated Quartz - the ultimate programmable Quartz.
Blue Topaz - increases memory.
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'Aqua Lemuria is a blue-green glassy material, with a amorphous crystal system. It's origin is in the mountains of Sumatra, and the native people who fashion the material into carvings and other arts and crafts, identify it as a variety of Obsidian. However, it is possible that it may be some sort of man made glass, of recent or ancient origin. (from The Book of Stones).
'An aqua coloured man-made glass being sold by new-age scam artists as "obsidian" from the highlands of Sumatra (as well as other localities) capable of aiding the possessor in "downloading ancient knowledge from Lemuria" (although a USB 2.0 port would probably be more effective).' (from mindat.org)
Access to the akashic records of knowledge.
Cleansing and relaxing
Phantom Quartz - access to ancient knowledge
Kyanite - heightens clairvoyance and psychic awareness
Fluorite - Cleansing and relaxing
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Goldstone is a man made glass, the glitter in this brown stone is created by adding pure copper into the matrix during the glass making process. This process was a closely guarded Miotti family secret for hundreds of years until they sold it. Folk lore says that it was an accidental creation by Italian monks who were dabbling in alchemy.
An uplifting stone, giving confidence and energy.
Citrine Quartz - uplifting and instils confidence
Of course everyone has different preferences, and some say they have experienced wonderful things with these lab created lovelies and pretty glass stones, but personally I like my crystals to be made by Mother Nature. ;)
Jan - Crystals and Stones