Caveat Emptor! - Buyer Beware!
Interest in crystals and
gemstones has grown steadily and there are now many more places to purchase
crystals than in previous years, especially on the Internet. When buying your crystals it is best if you
can see and hold them first so you can sense whether they are an appropriate
purchase. However it is not always
possible and if you are purchasing from an image on the Internet, you want to
be sure you are getting value for money and a bona fide crystal. The following is a list of things to consider
when making your purchase, compiled as a result of some of my own mistakes and
What size is it?
An image on the Internet may be
misleading in that you could pay a lot of money for a very small stone (of
course it may be a fair price if it is one of the more rare crystals). Check out if the description lists its size,
or the image shows the stone alongside a ruler or an item to give you an idea
of its actual size.
Are You Getting the Item Pictured?
Ensure when purchasing on the
Internet that the item pictured is the actual item you will be receiving. It
may be one of many for sale and the item pictured just a sample.
Is it genuine?
A prime example of something not
being what you think are stones masquerading as something else. In the days when I was still naïve regarding
crystals I purchased what I thought was a really good bargain – a largish piece
of turquoise for £1! As I became more
knowledgeable, I found out it was a piece of howlite dyed blue! Needless to say a lesson well learnt. Today dyed howlite and agates are generally
advertised as such, but there may still be the less informed or less scrupulous
vendor out there who is selling them as something else.
Natural or Man-made?
There are a number of stones available
in the shops which, whilst they are pretty to look at, are in fact
man-made. Examples of these are:
- Blue obsidian
There are conflicting opinions on
the use of these. Do they have an energy
of their own? Should you use them in crystal healing? They aren’t real
crystals, but some people still like them.
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