In 25 Interesting Facts About Crystals (Part One). It is fair to say that our affinity with stones and crystals has been as old as we are.
The use of amulets and talismans dates back to the very start of humankind, although we have no way of exactly finding out how the earliest crystals and stones were used or viewed.
Many early such pieces were organic in origin. Beads carved of mammoth ivory have been found from a grave in Russia, dating back almost 60,000 years, along with new beads made from fossil shark’s teeth and shells.
Here, we have compiled the first part of my two-part series “The 25 facts about crystals” and answers to many questions that you have been looking for like are all crystal gems female?
What Crystals are for love, and what Crystals are for positivity just to name a few. So Read on to find out all the facts.
Ten types of crystals for Healing, Self-Love, Energy Clearing, and Positivity
There is a considerable number of crystals that are helpful in healing, energy clearing, positivity, and self-love. However, such most effective crystals are Rose quartz, Clear Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Black tourmaline, Malachite, Kunzite, Selenite, Lepidolite, Prehnite, and Hematite.
Are all crystal gems female?
As the folklore goes, yes, all the gems are female. Female gems are all capable of fusing, and their combined powers and personality traits manifest themselves as a different existence.
Garnet, for example, is a permanent fusion of two female gems named Sapphire and Ruby, and it is a female gem itself.
Can crystals be fake?
Yes, crystals can be fake and frequent fakes are glass, plastic, dyed, chemically altered, and synthetic crystals.
Nowadays, there are many fake crystal stores online, and you have to be wise not to buy one.
Can I shower with my crystals?
Yes, you can shower with crystals for healing and positive energy. To begin, run some warm water into your bathtub and light a few candles.
Once that is done, place your crystal gemstone around the bathtub or into the water. It will help raise your energy, re-energize, manifest, and recharge.
What are some common crystals?
Some of the most popular crystals are Amethyst, Azurite, Celestite, Citrine, Fluorite, Garnets, Malachite, and Pyrite (also known as fool’s gold).
Crystal for confidence
While many crystals can be claimed to be efficient for confidence, the primary crystal for confidence is garnet.
The rich red stone has been used for confidence for centuries, and it is most effective when it comes to helping your confidence.
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Crystals for fertility
Rose quartz and aquamarine are two of the paramount crystals for fertility. However, green aventurine, citrine, and ruby zoisite are also helpful crystals for fertility purposes.
Crystals for good luck
Amazonite, citrine, amethyst, and garnet are common crystals used for good luck in career pursuit, relationships, etc.
Crystals for healing
Quartz, agate, amethyst, or opals are used widely for healing purposes. Turquoise and tiger’s eye are also helpful in healing.
Crystals for love
Pink topaz, Quartz, Ruby, emerald, lapis lazuli, moonstone, and amazonite are helpful crystals in pursuit of love. They have been used for love for centuries across the globe.
Crystals for positivity
Whenever someone is complaining about malaise and negative feelings, the first crystal I recommend is turquoise. Other crystals that can be helpful for positivity are Quartz, jade, and Rose Quartz.
Crystals for strength
Tiger’s eye is the leading crystal for strength and protection. Other helpful crystals for strength are pyrite, onyx, and labradorite.
Crystals to keep near the bed
Crystals that you can place near your bed and can help you sleep are Quartz, amethyst, and black tourmaline.
Crystals to help with depression
Smoky Quartz, lepidolite, jasper, and obsidian are helpful crystals for fighting depression and anxiety. They are also beneficial in providing positivity to the body and mind.
Crystals to help with grief
Healing crystals that can help with grief are Apache Tears, Agate, Obsidian, Aquamarine, Calcite, Chrysocolla, Angelite, Lapis Lazuli, and Malachite.
What is the difference between crystal and glass?
The primary difference between glass and crystals is that glass is a generic name, while, on the other hand, crystal is a subcategory of generic glass. It is made in the same manner as glass but with different materials.
Hence, we can say that all crystals are glass, but not all glass is crystal.
What is the difference between crystals and diamonds?
Diamonds are a form (isotope) of carbon, while the crystals are glass in nature. Diamonds are the hardest substance on Earth, so to speak, crystals come in different shapes and strengths.
What is the difference between crystals and gemstones?
Gems are beautiful stones primarily used in making jewelry, while crystals are raw and pure substances with specific chemistry and geometric patterns.
A gem can be a crystal, while a crystal will not always be a gem.
What are crystals with black lines?
Tourmaline Quartz is a naturally occurring crystal with needle-like inclusions of black tourmaline, also sometimes referred to as Schorl.
Are there crystal prayer beads?
Yes, you can find crystal prayer beads from many crystal stores. Some widely used crystals for making prayer beads are amethyst, rose quartz, aventurine, and bloodstone.
What are some healing crystals for pets?
Rose quartz supports physical and psychological healing for pets.
It is considered to be the perfect stone for pets. Some other crystals for pets are chevron amethyst, clear Quartz, sodalite, and howlite.
How are crystals formed?
The laboratory process of making crystals is called crystallization. However, in nature, the crystals are formed when a liquid substance cools and starts to harden.
Many crystals are formed by the cooling down of the liquid rock known as magma.
How do crystals get their color?
Very minerals that form crystals also give them their unique colors. Sometimes, additional elements also make their way into the crystal mix and provide their unique shades.
For example, Iron gives crystals a purple or red color, titanium gives a blue hue, and nickel & chromium leads to a green tint in crystals.
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How do crystals grow?
In the cavities under Earth’s surface, crystals grow through atoms that join each other in regular three-dimensional patterns.
They start small and then grow as more atoms join. Many crystals also grow in water-rich with dissolved minerals.
How do you activate crystals?
If you feel that your stone is heavier— like it’s lost its shine — it can do with some activation.
You can activate your crystal by lending it some of your energy by speaking to it, singing to it, or sending it some life energy through your breath.
A little interaction for activating your crystal will surely go a long way.
Electroforming Tutorial: Simple Crystal Pendant
Process of electroforming crystals – Explained Step by Step
You can electroform crystals and stones just the way you would electroform copper, and other metals, etc.
However, one thing that is different in electroforming crystals and stones is that you need to protect your gemstones before you put them in an electroforming solution.
Here is a step-by-step guide on electroforming your crystal jewelry:
Make your design
Making the design is the first thing that you have to do before you can process with electroforming.
To make a design with crystals and stone, epoxy clay, polymer clay, or copper tape can be helpful. Also, don’t hesitate to combine crystals as some of them go well together spiritually and aesthetically.
Also, you can consider the healing powers of crystals to select the crystal for your electroforming process.
How To Protect Crystals For Electroforming
Protect your stone
It has to be the most important step in the entire process of electroforming crystals. Apply one coat of some liquid latex on the surface of the crystal and let it dry.
Once it is dried, apply a second coat of latex. Get as close as possible to the previously copper paint on the piece but make sure to not put the latex on the paint, otherwise, it won’t electroform.
If you want a substitute for latex, you can use nail polish.
Apply copper paint
Once you have finished the design and cured the epoxy, you can apply your copper conductive paint to the stone jewelry piece. It is obvious, but still, never apply paint on the entire surface of crystals or they will also be covered in copper after electroforming.
Only apply paint where you want copper. It is important to paint well around the edges of your stone so that there aren’t gaps once your crystal piece is finished.
Once you have painted and sealed the crystal, start electroforming by putting your crystal jewelry in the bath and electroform just like you’d electroform other metals.
If you are noticing that the crystal is dissolving, take it out and paint and seal it again. Once it is not dissolving, let it electroform in the solution.
Once you’re done electroforming your crystal, you can then remove the sealant from the crystal piece.
However, if you polished your crystal with a steel wool pad, it will make small particles that can then get into your crystal’s crevasses.
It will then become very difficult to clean it. So, you should leave sealing until you finish your piece and only remove it only after you have polished it.
Stones and crystals have always been of great importance to people who believe in their healing powers, and even to those who just love their aesthetic aspect.
Electroforming these gemstones and crystals is a great way to protect them and make them even more beautiful.
If you’re a beginner, I would recommend getting crystals that are easy to find and that don’t require extensive sealing.
That way, you won’t have to worry about losing your stone or crystal dissolving in the liquid.
Please look out for part two of my two-part series on crystals. Click here to be directed to 25 Interesting Facts About Crystals (Part Two)