Don’t Be Fooled By the Rocks that I Got!…More Crystal Fakes

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charoite vs fake

Ahhh, I get some sort of wacko geo-geek-high from writing these particular blog posts on “fake crystals” in my Fakes Series! Thanks for letting me indulge myself once again. You can catch my previous posts in this series here:

I chose today’s featured fakes b/c these seem to be showing up quite often at the gem shows & in my student forums or in our various Hibiscus Moon Private Facebook Groups. I feel it’s most definitely my duty to keep our community informed on this schist.

Now, if you choose to work with man-made crystals that’s totally fine. No judgements from me on that. I, personally, choose not to.

But, I do think its very important that you know what you’re getting & that you not be fooled & that you KNOW geologically exactly what you’re working with.

BTW, sometimes sellers aren’t looking to purposefully fool anyone…sometimes they themselves have no idea.

So let’s get to it!


fake crystals

High grade authentic charoite from Russia on the left vs. fake Chinese Fluorite (sold as charoite on ebay on the right)

BEWARE: Chinese fluorite is being sold as “Chinese Charoite”, claiming a new deposit discovered in China. It’s BOGUS. They really look nothing alike to me so I’m surprised this is actually duping people. Some people have been taking low grade Chinese purple fluorite & polishing it up to sell as dupes. You’ll notice that these “Chinese Charoite” fakes have a lot of white in them & no swirly pattern, in fact the purple layers in these fakes have a very angular pattern to them.

As you can see in the above photo, high grade chaorite is vibrantly purple with very little white + a gorgeous unusual swirly purple pattern. All authentic charoite comes from Russia from the Chara River region. It’s the only place in the world where it’s found & its very rare, hence a hefty price. So price point can be a good indicator of a fake.


Real high-grade Russian charoite for sale at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

The “Chinese Chaorite” started rearing its head big-time about 5 years ago.

You can determine if your piece is fluorite with a UV light & a scratch test being that charoite is harder than fluorite…(something our Advanced Crystal Masters are well-versed on).

Cinnabar Infused Quartz


Cinnabar crystals also a tough crystal to come by in large quantities or in large pieces. But the fakes? Oh…very easy to come by! I’ve seen many with the name, Cinnabar-Infused Quartz or sometimes they called them cherry + or strawberry quartz (which can also be glass-infused as discussed in Part 1). *Beware the mercury content in cinnabar.*

These were all being sold as "Natural Cinnabar-Quartz"

These were all being sold as “Natural Cinnabar-Infused-Quartz”


Hibiscus Moon Advanced Crystal Master, Mary Oquendo, shows a cinnabar-infused cut & polished quartz point.

Although cinnabar & quartz do grow together naturally it’s usually not in a pretty swirl as seen in the above photos. When it is actually cinnabar, it’s often reconstituted (melted & mixed with other stuffs) with clear quartz & then can have plastics & binders added to it.  Sometimes, the creators of this stuff may even add some selenium (Se) to get a more red crystal.

Here’s my big beef with all of this. If the quartz & cinnabar (if there’s any real cinnabar being added at all) are being reconstituted (hence melted down)…then all you’re doing is  creating man-made silica glass. So this is no longer holding a crystalline molecular structure = IT’S NO LONGER A CRYSTAL.

And all of this may be totally OK with you. I just prefer my crystals to be actual CRYSTALS and to be 100% Mama Earth made.

But that’s just moi.


Goldstone, aka “aventurine glass”, is another man-made glass “gem” that’s been hangin’ around for quite a long time…since the 17th century! It’s very pretty so I can certainly see why. Check this sparkly baby out!!


Ooooo, Sparkly…but FAKE! (Photo credit: GDK)

There’s a legend that this “stone” came about when some Venetian glass-working monks accidentally dumped some molten copper into the melted glass they were working with.

The process is a bit more complicated but here’s what goes into it:

  • After the molten copper is poured into the molten glass …
  • It’s sealed off air-tight & kept at a specific temperature that’s hot enough to maintain in liquid state while still allowing the copper crystals to grow in the solution but not melting back again
  • Then the solution is cooled forming 1 solid mass
  • The cooled mass is broken open for cutting & polishing

The result is teeny crystallized specks of copper strewn throughout the glass, reflecting & sparkling up a storm. Although usually a golden coppery color, I’ve seen “goldstone” come in all colors, based on the elements added in the process.

I’m sure you have many opinions of your own to share about my “Featured Fakes” here today. You know I always welcome a mature & respectful debate, so please do comment below. Or if you’d simply just like to share your thoughts, that’s welcome too!

Have a Sparkly Day!


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  2. The Barking Unicorn

    I don’t mind fake stones as long as they aren’t priced like rare natural stones. I don’t have anything against costume jewelry as long as it’s not priced like Tiffany.

    I’ve put brown Tiger Eye quartz ($8/strand) in a kitchen oven for 90 minutes and it came out red Tiger Eye ($38/strand). Did I fake anything?

    The funniest scam I’ve seen is “Super 7” or “Melody’s Stone.” The story goes that the seven minerals that compose this stuff are all psychically connected via another dimension, so even if one or two are missing from the specimen I’m trying to sell you that’s OK. You’ll still get the full awesomeness of all seven and so you can pay me full price.

    Seriously. 🙂

  3. Lucy

    You know the thing on the right in the top photo – next to the Charoite – well is it not really Tiffany Stone type Fluorite (which is expensive in itself) – OR Yttrian Fluorite?
    I’d love to know about Yttrian Fluorite, see it, and maybe buy it.

    Also, yes, Goldstone whether blue or brown, and so called crackle quartz is unappealing, except possibly to children.
    Thanks for the info. Sometimes you can look at a crystal and think – oh it just doesn’t look real!

  4. Gayle

    Oh, my, Hibiscus Moon,
    Thank you so much for all the lovely information you have given/are giving to those interested in crystals. I have so much to learn. Namaste
    Sparkly rainbow blessings of love

  5. Phoenix

    While I know goldstone is man-made and have never seen anyone claim otherwise, I do like them. They have a neat kind of … bubbly? energy. Not really sure what word to use there. It’s also a good stone to use in lue of copper, and it comes in a variety of colors to match your intentions. (Yes, I am aware of pennies but who likes pennies)

  6. Madalyn

    I was given “thunderstones”. They aren’t very pretty on the outside and I have never seen one opened up…..they are supposed to help with anger. The story is that when God became angry with the people on earth, he threw fire and brimstone and these are some of what He threw. Any truth to any of this?

  7. Lilya1a

    Hi 🙂

    Thank you for this great and informative site! Totally appreciate this! 🙂

    Im REALLY confused about Charoite. :/

    Ive been some cabs of it on ebay and some are light.
    So I read what you wrote and then started typing “fake charoite” and “Genuine Charoite” etc on the web and well I saw a reputable gem site that does show Charoite in super light colors.
    Will you please help me on this?
    The site is called Magpiegemstones
    I typed in their search bar Charoite
    They sell beads ,cabs etc
    Check out the beads they are REALLLLT light.
    Are these real or fake?

  8. Kestral

    Personally I go a lot on how a stone “feels” to me. That being said, I have gotten some great results from a couple of “fakes”. I love goldstone in all of its colors…and in fact use ones that are all of the chakra colors. It is a great visual treat for myself and doesnt cost as much. I also use goldstones for elemental points…I love the rich colors. That being said, anything can be utilized…I have had some great luck with dyed howlite and dyed agate. Now would those be considered “fake”? obviously agate slices don’t come in brilliant purple and pink. But I do think that for those that buy their crystals online, this is a great resource to hopefully not get scammed.
    Bright Blessings,

  9. Peggy

    Love what I read. I’ve recently seen a new addition to the ‘natural rock’ scene. Specular Hematite, highly polished with a brilliant glossy finish. I questioned the seller and got the schpeel of how it is found in Michigan and how what she was offering was 100% natural. I said it looks like it has a varnish coating on it (and showed her what looked like a drip on the side). I called it ‘blue goldstone’. ANYWAY, I’ve looked it up as best I can on the internet, and I’ve read it’s a bit rare, it has mica which creates the sparkle, and it’s fragile. What I’m seeing for sale is not fragile, highly polished, and rough pieces that look like blue goldstone. So, is this being mass-produced by China now, or should I trust this to be real? THANKS for your time!

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  11. Danie P. Torreja

    Blue goldstone is powerful stone. Wear it. To feel is to believe. Yes this is man made but with earth elements like copper & sand:) Discovery made by combining elements & become powerful. Peace.

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