New Crystals Fakes, Misrepresentations and Frauds to Watch Out For

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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. 

Heaven, I tell you!

Seriously. Crystal-topic academic lectures while hanging out at the biggest most glittery gem show in the world??! If you didn’t already know, I’m a HUGE Geo-Geek and yes, this is my idea of a GOOD-FLIPPIN’-TIME!

One thing that’s evident from these gemmy trips is that unfortunately, the artificial mineral/ gemstone market is on the rise.
Several years ago I noticed that there seemed to be a bit of an info-gap in our crystal community on some good solid easy-to-understand data regarding this sort of thing.
Informing our community on this topic has become a passion of mine. Being a former science department head, having studied geology at the Masters level + being an author and the founder of a Crystal Healing Academy with a relatively large following gives me a good platform to shout about crystal fakes. Right? So, I feel it’s my duty and I’m honored to be given the opportunity and privilege to serve in this way.

My goal is to educate our crystal community on what’s currently on the market so we can make intelligent buying decisions when adding special new crystal specimens to our sacred collections. If you feel passionate about this too, please share this post in any way you prefer. (There are some handy-dandy “SHARE” buttons you can use at the bottom of this post).

Keep this in mind: Always use your common sense.  The best protection from crystal fakes is to be well-informed yourself.

Real vs. Fake Jade
Most jade is a beautiful soft green color (although it does come in other colors like purple, red, yellow and white). Metaphysically, it’s a gentle stone that’s perfect for abundance work and also for assisting mothers to be and for fertility-work. There are many different types of jade such as jadeite, Mountain jade, British Columbia jade and Nephrite.

Jade is also a wonderful stone full of healing energy and a favorite to use alongside beauty regimes as it’s great for the skin and hair.

However, due to its HUGE popularity in Asia… we now have jade-fakes to contend with.

So, what to do?

Here are two quick ways to check if it’s the real deal …

  • Look for the fibers. Fibers mean it’s real.
  • First thing to do is be sure you go shopping with a jeweler’s loupe (10x magnification is what I find to be the most useful for me) and look at the piece you’re considering purchasing under some natural sunlight or really good lighting.

    What you’re looking for are little asbestos-like hairy fibers.

    Sometimes chrysoprase is sold off as jade and it won’t have those little teeny fibers because of its microcrystalline structure making it look all the same with no fibers at all under the jeweler’s loupe.

  • Temperature
  • Jade will be cold or cool to the touch and won’t warm up right away in your hand.

    I’ll also be sharing some other easy to use methods to id a fake jade from the real thing in an upcoming live class! More on that below.
    Red Malachite
    I first heard of this one from one of my students early last year.

    I was like, “huh”?

    My confusions stemmed from my knowledge that malachite is a copper-derived stone and anything copper-derived will always be blue or green. Malachite is always a rich vibrant green color like these pieces here:

    [caption id="attachment_1960" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Smoothed & polished malachite[/caption]

    So, I knew something was up.

    Then a few more students asked me again about this red “malachite” more recently.

    This one really caught my curiosity. What is this stuff?! I had to know. 

    I got a hold of some and tested it out for myself.

    So I discovered it ain’t no jasper, agate or malachite. It’s a carbonate; probably a red travertine (limestone with calcite). I can show you how to do easy at-home tests like this yourself… more on that below. 

    Turns out “red malachite” is simply a new marketing term that some sellers have chosen to adopt in order to sell off some red-banded carbonate stones with no transparency. See, without the catchy new name this stuff used to just sit around. No one thought it was worth polishing/tumbling. Usually, this sort of stone would be considered “low-grade” material. :/

    But, I actually think it’s quite pretty myself. It would probably sell just fine without the misleading name attached to it. What do you think?
    When this kind of misinformation happens it ends up causing a lot of confusion in our crystal community. Not to mention falsely drives up prices.
    So this “red malachite” has NOTHING to do with real malachite, not geologically and not energetically. Personally, I won’t be calling it “red malachite” (to try to eliminate confusion) but will call it as it is; red carbonate. It seems to have all the same energetic properties as, say, a red jasper; an ideal grounding and stabilizing root chakra stone that invites us to become physically stronger or more fearless. Good stuff!
    Fake Opal
    I’m not talking about opalite here as we’ve discussed that before.

    Now we have yet another sort of fake-opal to concern ourselves with; a new synthetic sort that’s made to fool even the experts.

    It looks very much like black precious opal.

    Black precious opal is known for:

    • its motivating quality
    • ability to release psychic wounds
    • ability to pull someone out of depression

    The photo below is the real deal:

    The color flashes and iridescence or “fire” in the fake stuff is what they call “non-directional”, meaning that it can be cut any which way while still maintaining the same exact flash of color. That’s just not the case with real opal.

    This is what the synthetic opal looks like:

    Unfortunately, I don’t have any handy tips for you to use to help ID this bad-boy. Black opal is expensive anyways so it’s always best to have an appraiser check out your opal for authenticity.

    Yeah. This fake stuff is starting to wear on me a bit too, but the good news is; the more informed we are as a community the less it’s going to affect us.

    Please remember, I always say, if you choose to work with man-made crystals and you enjoy them that’s just fine and a name is just a name. You can call a stone anything you like.  If it’s been working for you…“keep on ‘truckin’”. Don’t change a thing!

    I just want all of us to have the geo-knowledge first. Then you can make an INFORMED decision regarding how you choose to use these stones in your practice.

    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 and research? The best way to protect yourself is education.
    If you didn’t already know this stuff, now you’re armed with a bit more information. 🙂 We all love the beautiful crystals and minerals that Mama Earth creates and the truth is, you don’t know what you don’t know… until you know it.

    **Please SHARE this info with other Crystal Lovers so that we all stay in-the-know and well-informed. No duping us with FAKES!**

    Have you seen any of these specimens I’ve mentioned here or any new fakes or misrepresentations recently?  I’d love to hear in the comments below!

    Now, again, if this topic rings your bell and you’d like to become confident in identifying fakes and misrepresentations in the marketplace then you might be interested in my upcoming Live Class- Crystal Savvy; Crystals + Mineral Identification. Registration is open now for my LIVE 3 class elective for a very short time and closes this Friday at midnight ET.  Click here for all the details and to register.  

    Crystal Blessings,




    Crystals for Working with Archangel Raphael | Angel of Crystal Healing

    Hibiscus Moon Crystal Healing, Videos 31 Comments


    Today’s video is about crystals for working with Archangel Raphael…the angel of crystal healing. Yes…we have one of those!

    Now, I’m not an expert on angels or angel therapy…there are lots of people out there who are experts on this (maybe you’re one of them!), but it is a subject that comes up often because many people who are interested in crystal healing are also often attracted to angels & I’m often asked:
    What crystals do you recommend for working with Archangel Raphael?
    And I feel that Archangel Raphael is definitely an angel I should talk about because he aligns closely with crystal therapy + crystal healing.

    Archangel Raphael is known as:

    • the Supreme Angel of Healing; all kinds of healing—healing yourself & healing others, emotional or physical.
    • the Archangel of all those who are healers, therapists or light workers of any kind.

    His name actually means “God Heals” and “Raph” is the Hebrew name for “healer”.

    So for all of us energy, body & light workers out there, he’s our guardian, our sentinel.

    When you work with him closely, pray to him, meditate on him or whatever your practice might be… you look to Archangel Raphael for bringing you downloads or messages regarding any type of healing; whether it be for yourself, or on behalf of someone else. If you’re a healer or light worker, you may look to Archangel Raphael for intuitive messages on how to help someone else or even help the whole planet!
    Light Frequency Alignment

    Science Factoid:  Visible light (color) is just a teeny tiny little portion of a very large electromagnetic spectrum. It’s the part we can see. (We’re not able to see any of the other stuff. It’s a very tiny amount of the electromagnetic spectrum that we can actually see with our physical eye balls.)   


    Archangel Raphael actually aligns with a very specific vibrational frequency on that spectrum; that is the vibrational frequency that we interpret as green light. Very specifically, emerald-green light.

    Because of that specific color alignment, we can find crystals that perfectly resonate with that emerald-green light frequency because crystals, on our planet anyway, come in all the different colors of the rainbow. And we can easily find crystals that vibrate in that very specific green frequency. Crystals absorb some light & bounce some light off, so that means that they’re absorbing the light of all other colors, except for the color we see. In the case of a green crystal…it’s absorbing every other color, except for that green color, and bouncing it back to you, and therefore putting the emerald-green vibration into your environment. Pretty cool, stuffs!

    Crystals for Working with Archangel Raphael
    I’ve chosen 2 crystals to help us align more effectively with the energy of Archangel Raphael. And, of course, they visibly show us that emerald-green light frequency.
    So obviously, one of those crystals is emerald!

    In my video, I  show you a very rough emerald in its natural state. It doesn’t need to be a fancy-schmancy big emerald ring. It can be something like my natural piece shown below, which you can find quite easily & inexpensively.


    [caption id="attachment_10676" align="aligncenter" width="600"] emerald on quartz[/caption]
    The other crystal, or stone I should say, is Malachite.

    [caption id="attachment_1960" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Smoothed & polished malachite[/caption]

    Malachite is a stone that aligns with our heart chakra. ♥ In fact, both emerald & malachite align perfectly with our heart chakra.
    Emerald is about healing, love, and compassion and while it does align, with the heart chakra it’s a lot more effective for physical healing, anything to do with the physical body, whereas Malachite is kind of like a therapist and it really digs down deep into any kind of emotional trauma or emotional healing needing to be done.
    Sparkly Tips
    One thing you can do is take the crystal & place it on the area of your body that is needing healing.  If it’s emotional healing, maybe you just place that on your heart chakra or on your third eye, whichever intuitively feels better for you.

    Or you can put the crystal in your receiving hand & then go ahead and visualize emerald-green light bathing you. Just close your eyes, place that crystal there, and visualize that light, that emerald light just bathing & washing over you.

    And I have an affirmation you can say to yourself while doing this with Archangel Raphael:
    “Thank you, Archangel Raphael for flowing your healing strength and blessings, and for surrounding me in your emerald-green light, keeping me focused on good health and peace.”
    If you’d also like to add another layer of vibrational frequency to this, you can add essential oils into your work with the crystals. I LOVE layering in the additional vibrational frequency of a closely aligned pharmaceutical-grade essential oil. It simply amplifies the work that you’re doing.
    Essential Oils for Working with Archangel Raphael
    Some essential oils that you can go to, ones that we commonly use for the heart chakra, are also oils that are commonly used for healing in general.  For connecting specifically with the energies of the heart chakra + Archangel Raphael I recommend:

    • Clary Sage
    • Rose Absolute
    • Bergamot

    PLEASE NOTE: Make sure these are premium high quality, non-synthetic, organic, fair-trade essential oils. Brands I personally use & highly recommend are Young Living, Mountain Rose Herbs or doTerra.

    Rose oil often comes in a synthetic.

    We don’t want that.

    But be forewarned…real-deal rose oil absolute is quite expensive, even if you buy a tiny little bottle of it…it can get up there. So keep it small. 😉

    Ways you can work with the essential oils:

    • blend the essential oils together
    • use them individually
    • use a combo of 2
    • anoint your stones
    • anoint the area on the body you’re trying to heal (after diluting the essential oil with a carrier oil like jojoba)
    • or use them in an oil burner or diffuser while you’re working with the stones & saying the above affirmation

    If you try any of these crystals for working with Archangel Raphael please share your experience below. Or if any of you have some suggestions of your own for connecting with Archangel Raphael, please post them in the comments.

    Thank you so much for showing up here & being part of our heart-centered Crystal Hottie Community!

    Angelic Crystal Blessings,

    Hibiscus Moon

    Azurite & Malachite Crystal Healing

    Hibiscus Moon chakras, Crystal Healing, Crystals 14 Comments

    Hey All! This is an auto blog post while I’m gallivanting around the deserts of Arizona looking for the most gorgeous sparkly crystals to bring back for my Crystal Hotties!
    Are you needing to speak your truth, are you being misunderstood or possibly not being heard at all, Sweet Pea? That’s all about your throat chakra.
    If you’re looking for some throat chakra crystal healing azurite & malachite is the combo for you! Yes, you can get both stones in 1 piece! 2 SUPERSTAR stones in 1!! Azurite commonly morphs into malachite, geologists call this a pseudomorph; when the original mineral is replaced by another!

    So, this Powerful Speak-Easy Combo allows you to bust through blocked or congested areas. Coupled with Malachite, Azurite continues to break through stagnant energy & move it in a fluid & gentle way.

    These 2 together  also calm any anxiety that may be present, giving you the courage to say what needs to be said.

    Enjoy some video & photos of this Awesome Duo!

    [caption id="attachment_1957" align="aligncenter" width="570" caption="Azurite Malachite Pseudomorph"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1958" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Gemmy azurite sprinkled on rock matrix"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1959" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Rough malachite"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1960" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Smoothed & polished malachite"][/caption]

    So get to working with this Power Couple & Just Say What Needs to Be Said. 🙂

    Crystal Blessings of Courageous Speak!!