New Crystal Fakes To Keep An Eye Out For

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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.

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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 one meter deep (unless they’ve paid for a very expensive permit). In addition, it’s becoming increasingly harder to find the green rock since there’s a very limited supply of it and it’s becoming more and more scarce. It’s an expensive stone for this reason. So you can see the motivation for wanting to fake it.

Genuine Characteristics

Moldavite is most likely formed by an ancient meteorite’s violent impact with our planet. Because of the quick cooling that immediately followed, moldavite is characterized by lots of very small internal bubbles and random flow lines.

Another thing to look for in the real stuff can be found with a jeweler’s loupe. You’re looking for teeny-tiny worm-like wire filaments that won’t exist in the melted glass fakes.

Moldavite

By Onohej zlatove [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Moldavite

Fake Characteristics

Fake Moldavite, on the other hand, usually won’t exhibit much texture; they’ll be relatively perfect looking with no bubbles. Because much of the fake stuff is made of melted green glass (green bottle glass, melted down and then etched with acid to make it look like the real deal) they’ll have a wet-shiny look. In addition that bottle glass stuff will have a blue cast to it, whereas the real moldavite green has more of an olive tone.

It will be more uniform and smooth. If you’re looking at moldavite in bulk, you may also notice there are many pieces exhibiting the same shape and not randomly shaped at all.

Another trick, to kind of hide or disguise the fact that they look different from real moldavite…often times fakes will already be faceted or set into jewelry.

Also, large pieces of moldavite are extremely rare so, be aware.

As always, the price is a good indicator. If you find moldavite at a too-good-to-be-true price, start looking for signs of it being a fake.

Unfortunately, many of the moldavite fakes come from China, India, Japan or Thailand so if you’re buying online from those locales, be sure you’re buying from a reputable trusted seller.

Gold Lodestone

This was a new one I was alerted to recently. I had never heard of it but a couple of my students asked about it during our last term so it must be relatively new on the rock scene.

They really look like pyrite, don’t they?

new crystal fakes Gold Lodestone

I immediately suspected they had been painted. So I ordered some up and sure enough, they’re just regular lodestone (magnetic magnetite) that have been painted up with gold paint.

I’ve seen them being touted to bring luck and prosperity. You can get those energies from all natural lodestone, so I see no need for the gold paint on them.

I did a quick search and unfortunately, with the three sellers I found; no one disclosed that they were painted lodestone. Then again, maybe the shop owners aren’t even aware.

Yellow Tibetan Quartz | New Finds?

Now this one…

new crystal fakes yellow tibetan quartz

Captured your attention? Yep, mine too.

They’re pretty, there’s no doubt.

BUT, my experienced eye noticed that they looked a little too much like the synthetic green quartz I wrote about some time ago. I can tell from the characteristics that they used the same laboratory process as green quartz but have just started infusing a different chemical or dye to achieve these colors.

Yellow Tibetan Quartz/Spirit Quartz

The one in the above photo was listed as Yellow Tibetan Quartz/Spirit Quartz; most likely because it was purchased from Tibet, a popular spot where these sorts of synthetics often come from.

I could tell from the seller that they were not at all aware that this was a fake.

Let me tell you, I’m afraid to touch this spiny thing. Spirit quartz grows with tiny crystal facets on it. However, this thing has very fine crystal filament splinters growing on it that pierced me several times. It’s quite dangerous actually. That is NOT how natural crystal grows.

New Find Yellow Phantom Quartz Crystal

This next one was listed as “New Find Yellow Phantom Quartz Crystal Cluster Specimen”. I’m laughing… I can’t even get pissed anymore because this stuff has just gotten so ridiculous.

new crystal fakes Yellow Tibetan Quartz

The listing also called this one “yellow citrine quartz”.

So which is it?

Citrine or Yellow Phantom?

I guess they thought the fancier woo-woo names they threw in, the better.

The listing also included this “helpful” info: “Please take note that each crystal will be slightly different from the picture due to it being a natural stone.” A natural stone you say? I don’t know… call me picky but I strongly feel that it needs to be disclosed when a mineral specimen is synthetic.

Blue Phantom Quartz

OK, I have to admit, this is one is pretty eye-catching. The Blue Phantom Quartz was obtained from the same seller as the above “Yellow Phantom”. The seller shipped from China. I suspect these were grown in the same lab.

new crystal fakes blue phantom quartz

This one was also listed as a “Natural Quartz” and ironically the listing said this: “Blue Phantom in Quartz Crystal is, of course, a Throat Chakra crystal. It helps us speak our truth.”

Really?

Ok, so you’re probably wondering how I can tell these are synthetics.

Here’s what to look for…

DEAD GIVEAWAY TELL-TALE SIGNS to look for:

  • Crystal tips and apexes that have an etched or stepped growth pattern; due to forced regrowth of a quartz cluster (or sometimes they’re entirely synthetic)
  • Crystal apexes (tips) that are trigonal (3 facets) rather than the more common hexagonal (6 facet tip)
  • More color concentration at apexes (even look like phantoms so may be higher in price!)
  • Many of these specimens on eBay hail from China or Tibet (as did these examples)
  • Can look like spirit or fairy quartz w/ the same sort of teeny crusted crystals points that tend to cover the crystal shafts; due to the forced regrowth, but the crystal growth is MUCH smaller than a genuine spirit quartz

Always use your common sense and the best protection from this is to be well-informed yourself.

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Can you tell I’m passionate about this stuff? If you are too and want to know more about the mineral kingdom so you can be confident in what you’re getting then you may want to check out my Crystal Savvy: Crystal and Mineral ID class here.

Do your thing

If you choose to work with man-made crystals and you enjoy them just fine or it’s been working for you… as I always say:

“keep on ‘truckin’”. Don’t change a thing!

I just want us all to have the geo-knowledge first. Then you can make an informed decision regarding how you choose to work with these “stones”.

And as always, the moral of the story here is…

Buyer Beware: Who are you buying from? Are they reputable? Do they know what they’re talking about? Are you doing your own due diligence & research? The best way to protect yourself is education.

We all love the beautiful jewels that mama earth creates and you don’t know what you don’t know… until you know better. So, I hope you’ve learned something new here today.

Have you seen any of these or new crystal fakes or misrepresentations recently? Please share in the comments below!

Crystal Blessings,

Hibiscus Moon

Comments 7

  1. Very helpful article, thank you. I did buy some of the ‘green quartz’ via Ebay, knowing full well it would have been lab-grown. It is very pretty, and makes a nice ornament, and the cluster I have sits happily by my front door. I’ve not attempted to work with it though!

  2. Thank you Hibiscus Moon!
    I saw this too, especially in the yellow quartz. More and more Gem shows are painting stones. I hate that! I also hate when the market starts mass producing stones luje Mikdevite. If they are so rare, why are they being used as bath salts? 😂😂😂 It is getting sad. I have a question. Us Hessonite Garnet a fake? Do you have a post in that? Yay I’ve realkt ticked be off. I feel sorry for the sellers too that don’t knock a. Thanks again.

  3. Appreciate the word on Moldavite, just bought my first ever and it checks out as genuine, not cheapeither, tiny, but so exquisite.

  4. Hi Hibiscus, thank you for putting the info out there for us. I think I’ve seen some fakes at a recent show, they were all prefixed with Tibetan….. one was black quartz, another was green quartz ( looked like your example of the spiny yellow but a pale translucent green) and amethyst. What are your thoughts on these?

  5. I am looking for a spirit crystal, but I am not sure what qualities to look for. Where do they come from. Does color matter. Price range

  6. I have a black obsidian neckless and also a black obsidian stone… Now the stone is very light wieght but the neckless is not as it is wrapped with like some kind of wire…. But the stone is real shinny and the neckless is not… I also have a black onix pendent neckless. And the chips in it a very small… So really hard to tell anything about them…. But im really woundering about my black obsidian neckless and stone…. Im just hopeing i didn’t let myself get fooled… I do love my stones and crystals

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