Crystal 101 pt. 1 - What are Crystals?!

March 4, 2019

 

 

Hey my friends! I'm baaaacckkkk! It's been a minute since I last posted but I did some soul searching, and am BACK to deliver some juicy content weekly (I hope).  To kick this blogging sesh up, let's begin with some Crystal Education!

 

Now, disclaimer: I am not a crystal know-it-all, nor am I claiming to be.  I am interested in delivering useful content to help you, especially my beginner babes, learn new topics that can support your mind, body and spirit in easy to learn ways that aren't intimidating and are fun!

 

Photo by Erin Profaci from Pexels

 

What are Crystals and How are they formed?

Crystals are formations of atoms or molecules bound and connected and formed by different elements in the Earth. The regional elements like what is in the dirt/soil also contribute to what crystal is formed.  Atoms are formed in repetitive ways to create the structure of the crystal. Some believe that this structure helps to build its specific characteristic and metaphysical property.  Some crystals can contain the same elements, but can create different crystals, depending on the temperature, pressure, and amount of each element combined.

 

To understand how a crystal is made, fill a glass jar or cup 1/2 way with tap water. Add 1 teaspoon of table salt (iodized salt). Leave to set overnight.

 

As the water evaporates, the minerals find a way to “stick together”, thus binding together, which you’ll be able to see more and more easily as the water evaporates.

Scientists can determine what element the crystal was made with by looking at what shape the crystal formed in. (Cubes, points, etc.) 

Not all crystals are made with water, some are formed with carbon (ie. diamonds). It can take days, or thousands of years for atoms to cluster and form a crystal. Some crystals form when the water evaporates and the temperature cools, while other crystals form when water moves minerals into pockets within the Earth’s crust (like little holes in rocks), and those crystals grow within those pockets.

 

Stones vs. Rocks vs. Crystals:  What's the Difference?

  • Stones are non-metallic mineral materials made in nature (always hard)

  • Rocks are solid, can be hard or soft and made of one or more minerals.

  • Crystals are formed by atoms or molecules and have a repetitive, crystalline structure.

  • All are considered minerals!

  • Most people use “stone”, “rocks” and “crystals” interchangeably (myself included) because it’s easier for people to understand, however it isn’t exactly correct. (But who likes labels when you’re just having fun right? It’s important to know the difference, but don’t get too hung up on labels!)

     

  • Examples of Stones, Rocks and Crystals

     

    Smoky Quartz = Crystal

    Rose Quartz = Crystal

    Lapis Lazuli = Rock 

    It contains various minerals like pyrite, sodalite,
 calcite and more, making it more of a rock or 
 stone rather than a crystal.

 

SUMMARY

  • Crystals are formations of atoms or molecules bound and connected and formed by different elements in the Earth. The regional elements like what is in the dirt/soil also contribute to what crystal is formed.

  • It can take days, or thousands of years for atoms to cluster and form a crystal.

  • Stones are non-metallic mineral materials made in nature (always hard). Rocks are solid, can be hard or soft and made of one or more minerals. Crystals are formed by atoms or molecules and have a repetitive, crystalline structure.

 

I hope this information helped!  Let me know in the comments below what you think!  And, Stay Tuned for Part 2 of 4 (?) of this Crystal 101 Crystal Series!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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