Is your Shungite FAKE?!

Is Your Shungite Fake?

Seems there’s a rash of fake shungite showing up recently.

And many asking me how to ID it so they can protect themselves from a bad purchase. I’m happy to show you an easy way here — but also clarify some science around it (of course!)

Care to Geek out with me to Avoid Fake Shungite?

https://youtu.be/upQSQZue9_0

Conductivity

Conductors

So, shungite (conveniently) does something that most other crystals or stones don’t do: it conducts electricity. It’s not the ONLY mineral that can do that though—

Other Electrical Conducting Minerals (you may have in your collection):

  • silver
  • galena
  • graphite
  • copper
  • gold
  • pyrite
  • silicon
  • cinnabar
  • sphalerite

But shungite can do something special…

it has an ability to conduct that electricity really well (as does silver, gold + copper from that list above). By the way, notice a pattern? — the good conductors are metallic looking, but not always.

So, conductivity is one mineral id’ing characteristic we can use to eliminate other possibilities that may look similar.

More on that later.

Insulators

Opposite from conductors, insulators are materials or minerals that do not conduct electricity. For instance; any quartz, calcite + fluorite are … Read More

2020-11-19T23:00:33-05:0030 Comments

New Crystal Fakes To Keep An Eye Out For

new crystal fakes

Yep, we’ve got more crystal fakes to talk about today. Looks like this problem is becoming more and more prevalent.

Get Educated about Crystal Fakes

One of my greatest joys is investigating and researching possible fake minerals and then teaching our Crystal Family about what’s popping up out there, keeping us educated so we can avoid the confusion that comes along with misrepresentations and crystal fakes. This way we can all make informed decisions when adding specimens to our sacred collections.

The three I’m going to discuss today aren’t what I would classify as a misrepresentation; these are straight up Crystal FAKES.

If you feel passionate about this too, please share this post in any way you prefer. (***There are some handy “SHARE” buttons you can use at the bottom of this post***).

Let’s dig into it!

Fake Moldavite

Moldavite has become quite the popular metaphysical stone. I’ve written before about its energy here.

Why would anyone want to create a synthetic version of this? Well, finding and mining for moldavite is getting harder.

Several years ago the Czech government changed the rules restricting miners abilities to dig no deeper than … Read More

2021-02-09T10:51:23-05:0020 Comments

New Crystals Fakes, Misrepresentations and Frauds to Watch Out For

crystal fakes

Well, I think we’re a bit overdue for another “fakes” blog post to add to my series.

There’s an entire series of blog posts I’ve written over the years as fakes have popped up more and more. If you want to read up on all the fakes that I’ve reported on, we’ve gathered them all up into my Free Crystal Fakes Reference Guide, which includes all the previous blog posts in the fakes series.  Good to have on hand when crystal shopping! 

Now, on my annual trips to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show I get to view a lot of what’s hot on the market and also spot some of these fakes first-hand. I also like to attend some of the lectures they have at the Convention Center so I can stay up-to-the-minute and knowledgeable about what’s going on in the mineral world. Last year I audited a lecture on Fake Minerals. This year my favorite lecture was: Crystal Faces and Forms. 

crystal fakes

Heaven, I tell you!

Seriously. Crystal-topic academic lectures while hanging out at the biggest most glittery gem show in the world??! If … Read More

2021-02-09T11:00:18-05:0030 Comments

More Crystal Fakes & Misrepresentations

crystal fakes

Yep, we’ve got more crystal fakes to talk about today. 😀 Yahoooo!

On my most recent trip out to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show I attended a lecture on Fake Minerals.

Oh my gosh…this was so right up my alley! Can you make a Crystal Hottie/Nerd any happier? I mean… finding an academic lecture to attend while hanging out at the biggest most glittery gem show in the world, teaching about mineral frauds. Whaaaaa? You better believe I was front row & center, glasses pressed down tight on my nose, notebook & pencil in hand! Poor Frankie (my hubs) suffered through too. He’s such a good sport! 🙂

crystal fakes

I like to stay current on my geo-geekiness so I can continue to bring you the most up-to-date & valuable info + sparkly content.

Plus I just looooove learning!! ♥

One of my greatest joys is educating our #CrystalHottie community on what’s available out there. This way we can all make informed decisions when adding specimens to our sacred collections. If you feel passionate about this too, please share this post in … Read More

2021-02-09T10:53:07-05:0029 Comments
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