Let’s talk about the new fakes + misconceptions in the market recently, especially around Blue Rose Quartz.
If you’re struggling with working effectively with your crystals, knowing how to avoid misrepresentations, fakes, and illusions will give you more confidence. Avoiding “fakes”, mistakes or misrepresentations will turn that struggle –
And keeps you from wasting time with gimmicks that don’t even work or might not be what you think they are. No wonder you are not getting consistent results!! Buying this stuff wastes your energy and a lot of money too.
I can’t say it enough…
i’m so grateful for my hibiscus moon Certified Crystal Practitioner Students who bring this stuff to my attention! (That’s how I keep my finger on the pulse of this Crystal misrepresentation-stuff.)
It’s been my gig during this Crystal journey – to point out that there seems to be an information-gap in our Crystal community on some good, concrete, easy-to-understand data about this sort of thing.
Being a former science department head, having studied geology at a masters level, and being a crystal writer as well as the founder of the Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy, there have been a relatively large number of people trying to educate me about crystal fakes. For get a good cause and platform.
My goal is to educate our crystal community on what is currently being fooled or misrepresented in the market so that we can make wiser buying decisions. If you feel passionate about it too, please share this post as you like. (By the way, there are some “Share” buttons you can use at the bottom).
OK, let’s look at what I consider to be a major misrepresentation:
ground rules: Please do not call any sellers in the comments. No name, no link. Please don’t harbor hatred towards anyone. It is about empowering and educating yourself.
blue rose quartz
what in hell
Yes. here is my.
It all started when my CCP students asked me about this “new” Blue Rose Quartz that was everywhere on the market.
It is believed to be “Blue Rose Quartz” from Madagascar.
I did some poking around my usual geology hangout/clubs and found that it is sometimes dubbed as “girasol”, which is opalized quartz, (starts as opal silica [SiO2] Dissolved in water. When the silica solution fills an empty pocket, there may be something left behind that dissolved long ago—just like when Jell-O is poured into a mold; It may be hard to make an opalized copy of the original.)
did you now ?: This whole opalizing process can be lab-forced, too.
It can also be the result of heating low-grade amethyst Above 932°F (500°C) that not only bleaches it (yes, we’ve done the experiments, and you can try it too) but can result in an opal-y, milky appearance, resulting in the so-called ‘ Neon’ Blue Quartz’ or simply “Neon Quartz”.
Even more heat will completely bleach the lilac color, and small water droplets can form in the quartz, which is what makes up the opal, aka girasol.
However, using the term “girasole” is a bit confusing.
In Italian, the word refers to the “turning sun” and translates directly to “sunflower” (because, ya know… it turns with the sunlight). Now in geology, it refers to an opal stone with a cloudy blue-white luster, a ghost-like effect due to the scattering of light. like a gem moonstone And opal, and other types of feldspar can exhibit this phenomenon. It is characterized by a dazzling reflection of light, appearing as white or colored (often blue) light, and may also occur as a shimmering glow that can only be seen in specific directions – diffraction of light. and due to interference. The girasol effect describes a mineral effect produced by a scattered light effect that appears to move or twinkle.
I noticed that some of what is being referred to as “blue rose quartz” is technically a blue-white translucent opal/girasol or perhaps some speckled form of low-grade hazy quartz with occasional red or iridescent reflections. are mixed together.
side note: This stuff has always existed. This is not new!
Lilac or lavender rose quartz?
Whether they use the descriptive color “lilac” or “lavender”, I see that this stuff is often seen as “high-quality”. Let’s delve a little into it.
As I mentioned above, strong heating will completely bleach out the lilac color from a low-grade amethyst or milky quartz and produce tiny water droplets that form in the quartz = gerasol. *breath*
Little Lemuria(Owned by the ultra-phenomenally smart proprietor Jessica Watson, with whom I had many geo-geek discussions when talking about this topic) They had a geological assay report on the material they contained. You can view it here.
BTW, do you have any idea how impressed I am with such dedication?
In the olden times, we used to have a grading system that was commonly used for stone sellers (it still exists but I don’t think it’s being used that much anymore. Hmmmmm? Wonder Why is that??????) This grading system is similar to how diamonds are rated and letters are assigned. For example, “AAA” is the highest grade while “D” is the lowest.
Sometimes, it’s not even crystal, but straight-up glass.
I’m just gonna say this:
This is, for the most part, 3D low-grade rose quartz! In my humble opinion: It sounds frankly more appealing to abandon the grading system and just name it “spiritual/ethereal”!
Above is Certified Crystal Practitioner Amber Curl Little Crystal Company chatting back and forth with me about the same issue on instagram, watch him go!!! I am proud.
Before we go any further… please allow me to clarify: When I say this is low-grade Rose Quartz, I don’t mean that I won’t work with it or that I personally consider it to be inferior to it. What I’m trying to convey is that this was considered by the industry selling the stone to be a low-quality form of rose quartz (or perhaps amethyst) based on industry standards. This does not mean that it in any way gives less pleasure or energizing effects as I discussed here on IG:
(If you consume this whole “blue rose quartz” kind of humorous instastory I’ve become famous for, i made a highlight for you here,
I knew she was one of our Hibiscus Moon students, without knowing who it was before. I could tell how dedicated she was to understanding this. 😉 Our Crystal family is known for not letting this junk pass them by!
Black Rose Quartz. Ummm… what is happening here?
Yes. There is also a “Black and Blue” Rose Quartz!
If we are okay with doing this and as I mentioned above, we don’t try to stop it now…
We can expect at least a thousand more marketing names for various quartz colors in the near future.
And it will never stop.
don’t you agree with this?
Spiritual properties of this material
Well, what about the energetic characteristics of this material?
Although I worked with old stock of “lower-grade” rose quartz and amethyst when I had it and for me, it was just as powerful as my other rose quartz or amethyst, as is the case with any of the individual stones it happens. I work with. So it’s really something you need to decide for yourself.
But, we have made an impact.
Since my popular fake blog post series that I started back in 2010 (and many others like it)… our community started calling this shit out, and sellers quickly started changing their descriptions. gave. This has had an effect on our Crystal family. This is how an empowered group of Crystal experts makes change possible. Sure, first world problems, but you have to start somewhere, right?
We have to be on our toes. I’m passing the torch to you on this stuff! ok? I’m not going to be around next year at all. Now it’s up to our Crystal family to keep the fake fire burning.
My Blue (or Any Color Other than Pink) Rose Quartz Findings?
It is a cleaning of sleight of hand, a gimmicky marketing name for selling goods made from a relatively (formerly considered unattractive) low-quality quartz – a marketing ploy.
Now whether we consider it attractive or not, I don’t care. Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.
I’m thinking that it was always relatively abundant and previously sold cheaply. Is it correct to simply say that it is no longer there and therefore, unfairly inflate the price?
by definition, rose quartz The quartz has a pink appearance due to special nanofibre inclusions of something related to dumortierite.
But all that geo-speak is splitting hairs anyway. Rose quartz is quartz.
If it is blue (or any color other than pink???? ️ to your eyes), it cannot be called rose quartz.
To me, if it isn’t pink, it isn’t rose quartz. End of story.
careful customer, Who are you buying from? Are they respected? Do they know what they are talking about? Is the price too good to be true? Are you doing your due diligence + research? The best way to protect yourself is through education. Keep this in mind: Always use your common sense. Don’t just rely on what the salesperson is saying.
I just wish we all had some ground knowledge first. Then you can make an informed decision about how to work with these stones. Always use your common sense, and the best defense against this is to be well informed.
We all love the beautiful gems created by Mama Earth, and you don’t know what you don’t…
unless you know better.
So, I hope you learned something new here today. If you are passionate about it too Please share this post in any way you can. (***There are some convenient “Share” buttons you can use at the bottom of this post***).
Do you have any fake-out or misrepresentation stories to tell? Please post below to help us! Or have you seen any examples of these recently?
reminder: Please do not call out any sellers in the comments. No name, no link. Please don’t hate anyone and remember to be kind here and everywhere. It is about empowering and educating yourself.
Please share your experiences in the comments below.