How to Identify Your Gems, Crystals & Minerals

Identifying Gem Stones – Step 2:
Hardness:

In the identification of gem stones, hardness is one of the most important of all tests. While not usually a definitive way to identify a gem stone, it does at least put you into the correct group of possibilities.

To help you use hardness to identify a gem stone, there are a variety of hardness scales that you can use. The most common is the ‘Mohs’ Scale’ which ranks mineral hardness on a scale of one (talc) to ten (diamond). … More How to Identify Your Gems, Crystals & Minerals

Crystal Caution List

Always check to be sure that the stones used in your essence or elixir are non-toxic. If you are unsure, essences and elixirs can be prepared in an alternative manner. In this method, stones are placed inside of a small glass container (containing no water). This way, the stones do not make direct contact with the water, but their energetic vibration is allowed to be transmitted through the conductive glass container into the water. Since the stones do not directly contact the water, it is safe to be used for an essence or elixir (with the exception of radioactive stones!) Please note that radioactive stones should not EVER be used in the preparation of elixirs or essences, not even by the alternative method!

Abalone – Harmful or toxic stone. Organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials from the water it forms in.

Acanthite – “This mineral’s softness precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir.” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 79)

Achondrite – Please see Meteorite. … More Crystal Caution List