Recently, at an expo in the Dallas Fort Worth area, I had the chance to speak with another vendor whom I greatly respected as a crystal authority. She conducts crystal seminars at many expos. She also teaches crystal healing certification classes for some big bucks.
Now I do not claim to be a geologist or a crystal authority. I love the ancient, unusual, natural gifts that our earth has to offer as well as pretty rocks. I know the attributes of my favorite stones and crystals. It’s only been in the past six years that I have delved into the qualities of the Gypsum crystalline forms, particularly Selenite. This search was out of necessity, which by the way gives me an idea for a future post. Sorry Guys, you will just have to wait.
I am frequently asked about other crystals and stones while we are at shows. I decided it was time to further my crystal education.
As I browsed the crystal book section of her booth, she approached me. I was THRILLED, at the time, that this woman had come up to me. As was usually the case, our conversation came round to Selenite. She pointed out her selection of Selenite. I hated to tell her, it was not Selenite. It was actually another crystalline form of Gypsum, Satin Spar. Side by side, one could never be mistaken for the other. Stay tuned for another future post, Selenite 101.
FYI...Satin Spar is also known as 'Moroccan Selenite'.
This sparked a heated response and basically a one sided debate. She said “Gypsum is gypsum”. As I tried to explain to her what I have discovered in four years of research specifically into gypsum crystals, she angrily growled in my face, “I’m a GEOLOGIST!” Then she spun on her heels and stormed away.
I’m not sure if I were more stunned by her behavior or appalled by the fact that she knowingly sells an inferior product to her clients and show customers, touting misleading information.
This leads me to a rant… KNOW what you are looking for! When you research crystals or stones, please, Please, PLEASE!!!, check out geological sites as well. They are a wealth of information and will help you identify exactly what you are purchasing. Dyed Howlite is most commonly passed off as Turquoise and heat treated Amethyst as Citrine.
Although they may be just as beautiful, their attributes can be quite different from the stone you think you are purchasing. Having been duped in the past myself, this is one of my pet peeves. It is even worse when sellers knowingly pass them off as the real thing.
Be educated. Be happy, be well, be blessed my friends.
Page Photo Credits Photos courtesy of Living the Crystal Life Crew unless otherwise noted. Featured Photo: Selenite vs Satin Spar - these are pieces from my personal collection. Selenite vs Satin Spar via: Geology.com Howlite vs Turquoise via: Gem Rock Auctions Treated Amethyst via: Geology In