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Crash course on fake stones/misrepresentations

herban-druid:

cryptia:

cryptia:

Because I have been too lazy to type this all up.

Quartz:

  • If your quartz has teeny air bubbles it’s glass.
  • If it’s got a fruit name it’s dyed. End of story. (strawberry, cherry, lemon, pineapple, blueberry) yes there may be some very rare exceptions-fire quartz being dubbed strawberry- but due to the rise in fakes with that name it’s generally called fire quartz now.
  • Aura quartz is a regular quartz that’s been bonded with another material. (man made)
  • Cinnabar Infused Quartz usually reconstituted and mixed together to make a red crystal.
  • Green quartz can be grown in a lab and anything that forrest green color is

Turquoise:

  • Magnesite and howlite look very very similar to turquoise when they’ve been dyed, magnesite will have very deep cracks in it though.
  • No there is no white turquoise. 
  • You can do a uv test to see if it’s real

Amber

  • Often faked with Copal. They look nearly identical.
  • Amber will float in salt water-copal will not.

Irradiated/dyed stones:

  • Very vibrant colors!!

Irradiated: (they irradiate the crystals to get a deeper or more vibrant color)

  • deeply pigmented topaz or kunzite
  • dark (almost black) smokey quartz 
  • very deep pink or red tourmaline 
  • colored diamonds 
  • some cultured pearls 
  • vibrant yellow heliodor 

Dyed:

  • Pearls
  • Agate
  • coral
  • other stones may be dyed as well, generally if it looks fake..it is.

Heat treated stones: (really not a bad thing but if you’re going for natural)

  • Amethyst-lighten color+remove brown
  • Citrine-heat treated amethyst.
  • Aquamarine-remove green
  • Ruby-clearer stone 
  • Sapphire-clearer stone

Rainbow Cal-Silica

  • Nope, completely fake 100%
  • Literally just car paint layered with calcite and resin.

Citrine: (im so sorry)

  • Much of the citrine on the market is lab made.
  • If it’s lab made it’s usually amethyst that’s been heated until it changes color
  • The bottom of these stones will be white with more color at the tips.
  • srry

Lapis Lazuli:

  • High quality is vibrant blue, hard to come by, and very expensive.
  • Low quality howlite, jasper or sodalite is dyed blue, and passed off as lapis.
  • Acetone will remove the dye but damage the stone.

Obsidian:

  • The clear green obsidian you see all over ebay is slag glass.
  • Natural green obsidian has been found but it is opaque and is more gray than green.
  • there is red obsidian as well but again, it’s not a vibrant red and is more brick colored.
  • Wikipedia is not always right.

Goldstone:

  • it’s glass it’s legitimately just glass

Opalite:

  • also glass. 
  • real opalite exists but it’s green and not commonly found
  • once again, don’t believe everything on wikipedia.

Bismuth:

  • Doesn’t naturally form in the crystals, lab made!!!
  • rlly pretty though

Hematite:

  • Not naturally magnetic!
  • Magnetic hematite is 100% man made!

I’ll add more as I come across them~

Jade:

  • Real jade is p. heavy! A way to tell if it is real is that it’ll be heavier than it looks.
  • Jade is faked with the following:
  • Serpentine “New Jade” or “Olive Jade”
  • Prehnite
  • Aventurine quartz
  • Grossular garnet “Transvaal jade”
  • Chrysoprase “Australian jade”
  • Malaysia Jade- dyed quartz that may be called by its color – Red Jade, Yellow Jade, Blue Jade
  • Opaque dolomite marble “Mountain Jade” (usually dyed)

Dragon vein agate: 

  • Quench cracked, bleached, and dyed agate and some is quench cracked, and dyed glass.

Snowflake obsidian:

  • Being faked with a very low grade cheap dalmatian jasper.!
  • Snowflake will be gray while Dalmatian should have a lighter color

Hollow galena:

  • A lot of pieces have been proven to have been faked through sand blasting + similar techniques (but there may be real ones I’m not 100%)

Charoite:

  • Chinese Charoite doesn’t exist.
  • If it’s called that then it’s not real, real charoite isn’t banded and is more swirly.

Moldavite:

  • Very very commonly faked!!
  • Biggest giveaway is the ‘wet’ look a faked piece has due to the molding process
  • White moldavite doesn’t exist!!

Sunspar:

  • It’s really just yellow Labradorite, which isn’t a v rare gem

ALSO!

Andara Crystal

  • no such thing
  • massive scam
  • literally chunks of slag glass, worth like, .1% of what they are sold for

thehearthwitch:

valkyraven:

A note.

I see a lot of people posting herbal remedies.

Please, please include the cautions and contradictions with an herb when you recommend it.

Herbs are drugs. Some of them should not be used by pregnant or nursing women (kava kava comes to mind).

Valerian is not a substitute for narcotic sleep aids. Valerian is a narcotic sleep aid.

St. John’s wort messes up the action of oral contraceptives.

Marshmallow root should not be mixed with other medicines or taken at the same time as it can interfere with their action.

Catnip (used for sleep problems) can make already heavy menstrual periods worse.

Etc, etc, etc. Please remember you are recommending medicines and medicines can have effects other than the ones you want.

^^^

And please PLEASE don’t replace your pharmaceutical medicines with herbal ones without consulting your doctor and/or a licensed naturopath/herbalist first!

bug-dad:

bug-dad:

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waalkr:

OK SO this is how I showed perspective to a student that was having difficulty visualizing it

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Draw the buddy

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Use a transformation tool

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fill it up like a baloon not forgetting some things cover others

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Keep going! That way you keep your proportions right, etc

And don’t forget references for the angles