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
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