How to Tell if a Crystal Is Real

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How to Tell if a Crystal Is Real
Crystal should be clear of any imperfections. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Crystals consist of atoms, molecules or ions that extend to every spatial dimension in a repeating pattern. Some people credit the mineral for its usefulness in grounding, protection, energy, meditation and healing. In identifying real from fake, you need to closely inspect the crystal under a bright light. The mineral can be formed to chandeliers, cups, bowls, jewellery and cutlery, to name a few examples. Crystals come with various sides, but a naturally-occurring crystal will have equal angles at every side.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Inspect the angles on the crystal. They should be symmetrical to each other.

  2. 2

    Notice any bubbles or scratches. These are indications that the crystal is fake.

  3. 3

    Keep the crystal to the light. Notice any residue or melting. These are signs of a manufactured crystal.

  4. 4

    Look for vertical lines. Real crystal will have vertical lines at almost any angle.

  5. 5

    Lick the crystal. Real crystal should be cold even on a hot summer day, while fake crystal is not cold in the heat.

  6. 6

    Look for any impurities on the crystal. Real crystal almost always has impurities.

  7. 7

    Hold the crystal up the sun or another bright light. Look for faint horizontal stripes or flowering spikelike formations, also called catkin. This is a sign of a real crystal.

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