Understanding Crystal Grading, Prices & Imitations

Talia Michaels

Posted on June 06 2018

Understanding Crystal Grading, Prices & Imitations

Have you walked into a crystal store or had a look at an online shop and wondered why some crystals are £3 and anothers are £1 or less? Our blog will explain to you the difference between these prices and the reasons why.

What does grading mean?

Colouring of a crystal is extremely important when pricing and grading a crystal. As you can see from the photos below the dark coloured crystals are a High AAA Grade of Amethyst and the lighter coloured crystals are a Low A/B Grade of Amethyst. We would price the darkest grade higher than the one on the left. The grading means the quality of the crystal. So it depends on you how you prefer your crystals. Everyone has a different preference. 

                  

Grading can also depend on where it is coming from. Such as the high AAA Grade on the left we ship from Brazil, Africa (Madagascar). The Lower grades may come from China, India and other regions. 

Does the size of the Crystal matter?

We have had questions such as "That small piece is £4 wow thats expensive?!". Yes the sizing does play a big part to the price. It all depends on the rarity of the crystal, for example high quality Baltic Amber is extremely expensive for a small piece. A larger piece may be even more expensive. Crystals like bloodstone, Opalite and Carnelian are not rare crystals so their prices are low. Crystals like Blue Lace Agate, Angel Aura or Aqua Aura for example are more expensive for small pieces, the larger they go the more dearer they are. Rare crystals are more expensive if they have been carved into a shape or polished. 

What if the Crystals are fake?

Analyse the crystals you buy, no matter where it is. Here are some top recommended tips to help you spot a fake crystal. Unfortunately, more and more fake crystals are flooding the market.  We love crystals for their energy and their perfectness, this is something that can not be replicated.  The best way to handle this issue, is to educate yourself. Before going into spotting fake crystals, it is important to know that real and natural crystals can change in appearance. They can change in colour, fade and develop fractures and veins.  This is due to the energy exchange between you and your crystal.  For example, Clear Quartz can become cloudy and Rose Quartz can change colour, this means that your crystal is working.  Crystals absorb our pain, our negativity and help us heal.  If your crystal is changing, this is why.  

Natural

These are the real deal. These crystals are found in nature. They develop naturally over a long period of time without any intervention. They can be found deep in the earth, in rivers, in cliffs and elsewhere. Specific types of crystals and stones are found in particular locations. For example, turquoise is made when water interacts with a rock containing copper, aluminum and phosphorus. It is found in desert areas like Arizona. Since newfoundland is not a desert like dry place, chances are you are not going to find any turquoise there.

Synthetic

Synthetic gems are appearing more and more. A synthetic gem has the same visual, chemical and physical properties of the natural gem but they are created in labs. They are made with the same materials but in a condensed amount of time. Often they cannot be told apart.  But lookwise, a lot of the time these are preferred as they are a fraction of the price,  free of flaws and much more vibrant and colourful.  Natural crystals are made with flaws. They may not have pure color all the way through or have flakes of minerals that didn’t convert but this is what makes them perfect. Despite the fact that they are made in laboratories, it isn’t entirely fair to say that they are completely fake. 

Imitations

They are often made of plastic, ceramic, glass or resin but are designed to look similar. Sometimes they are simply painted rocks or rocks glued to other rocks to look good. Sometimes it can be very difficult to tell the difference, there are smart ways to help prevent being fooled.

  • Ask the seller where they get there crystals from.
  • Look under the gem. Check the base for mounting for glue or spray paint. 
  • If buying online, check for uneven colouring, unnaturally rich hues or bright colours.  If you spot this, it is most likely dyed.  If the price is cheap, it is mostly likely fake.
  • Check for air bubbles - air bubbles generally mean it is glass.
  • If it looks too perfect it is probably is fake.

The main way to tell the difference between quartz and glass is 'magnification'.  If you put your crystal over words in a book or a magazine, real quartz does not magnify the words.  Where as, glass does.

We hope our blog post gives you an insight of what is out there! Not all crystals are meant to be cheap, but we hope our blog post today has helped you understand more about the crazy world.

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  • Savundrarajan Savundrapandian: August 06, 2019

    Good explanation

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