opalite glass

Crash course on fake stones/misrepresentations

Because I have been too lazy to type this all up.

Quartz:

  • If your quartz has teeny air bubbles it’s glass.
  • If it’s got a fruit name it’s dyed. End of story. (strawberry, cherry, lemon, pineapple, blueberry) yes there may be some very rare exceptions-fire quartz being dubbed strawberry- but due to the rise in fakes with that name it’s generally called fire quartz now.
  • Aura quartz is a regular quartz that’s been bonded with another material. (man made)
  • Cinnabar Infused Quartz usually reconstituted and mixed together to make a red crystal.
  • Green quartz can be grown in a lab and anything that forrest green color is

Turquoise:

  • Magnesite and howlite look very very similar to turquoise when they’ve been dyed, magnesite will have very deep cracks in it though.
  • No there is no white turquoise. 
  • You can do a uv test to see if it’s real

Amber

  • Often faked with Copal. They look nearly identical.
  • Amber will float in salt water-copal will not.

Irradiated/dyed stones:

  • Very vibrant colors!!

Irradiated: (they irradiate the crystals to get a deeper or more vibrant color)

  • deeply pigmented topaz or kunzite
  • dark (almost black) smokey quartz 
  • very deep pink or red tourmaline 
  • colored diamonds 
  • some cultured pearls 
  • vibrant yellow heliodor 

Dyed:

  • Pearls
  • Agate
  • coral
  • other stones may be dyed as well, generally if it looks fake..it is.

Heat treated stones: (really not a bad thing but if you’re going for natural)

  • Amethyst-lighten color+remove brown
  • Citrine-heat treated amethyst.
  • Aquamarine-remove green
  • Ruby-clearer stone 
  • Sapphire-clearer stone

Rainbow Cal-Silica

  • Nope, completely fake 100%
  • Literally just car paint layered with calcite and resin.

Citrine: (im so sorry)

  • Much of the citrine on the market is lab made.
  • If it’s lab made it’s usually amethyst that’s been heated until it changes color
  • The bottom of these stones will be white with more color at the tips.
  • srry

Lapis Lazuli:

  • High quality is vibrant blue, hard to come by, and very expensive.
  • Low quality howlite, jasper or sodalite is dyed blue, and passed off as lapis.
  • Acetone will remove the dye but damage the stone.

Obsidian:

  • The clear green obsidian you see all over ebay is slag glass.
  • Natural green obsidian has been found but it is opaque and is more gray than green.
  • there is red obsidian as well but again, it’s not a vibrant red and is more brick colored.
  • Wikipedia is not always right.

Goldstone:

  • it’s glass it’s legitimately just glass

Opalite:

  • also glass. 
  • real opalite exists but it’s green and not commonly found
  • once again, don’t believe everything on wikipedia.

Bismuth:

  • Doesn’t naturally form in the crystals, lab made!!!
  • rlly pretty though

Hematite:

  • Not naturally magnetic!
  • Magnetic hematite is 100% man made!

I’ll add more as I come across them~

some crystals for beginners ✨

Originally posted by jupiter-fox

so, first of all, crystals will vary for individuals. one person may say that their number one is celestite etc while others will say something else. this is ok! they each have their own properties, which will probably tailor to their own craft needs! 

In no particular order:

CLEAR QUARTZ (or any type)

clear quartz is very versatile, it can be used/programmed for any purpose!! i feel like clear quartz works so well with us is because clear quartz and our own bodies have silica! (though ours are liquid silica crystals). clear quartz is known as a “master healer” and will amplify energy, as well as the effect of other crystals. BASICALLY, IF YOU’RE JUST STARTING YOUR COLLECTION GET SOME CLEAR QUARTZ!!

ROSE QUARTZ

rose quartz is the universal stone of love, calmness, gentleness, and compassion. generally, this is just a great stone to be around!

AMETHYST

yep. another quartz. are we noticing a trend here?!?! i looooove amethyst. i feel like it is such a protective stone, and, is great for purification! amethyst is also great to develop psychic skills.

SELENITE 

maybe i’m just being biased because selenite is my favourite stone… but i honestly don’t know what i’d do without it! selenite has great mental clarity and psychic qualities, but the main one that amazes me is the fact selenite charges other crystals! i usually charge my other crystals on a selenite slab and logs. it also has strong ties to the moon!

CITRINE

this crystal can be used to detoxify negative energies and encourage a more positive state of mind. it is also great for bringing prosperity & abundance!


THINGS I WISH I KNEW FROM THE START

  • selenite is really easy to break.. maybe it isnt a ‘beginner’ crystal for clumsy witches (like me)
  • some crystals will be damaged in water
  • some crystals fade in sunlight
  • cleansing is important!! i admit it doesnt have to be done all the time, but it should be done at least once!
  • opalite is just… pretty glass. and it usually gets marketed as moonstone!
  • most commercially available citrine on the market is heated amethyst, though it’s still good to use as citrine!

anonymous asked:

any Gems that you think might have ice/snow powers?

Hm, how about these gemstones? Some are birthstones from winter months. While others are what kind of gems I could find that talked about their association with water/ice, or have colors/patterns that resemble snow, ice, or winter. I also included a few gemstones that come from colder countries/states as their main mining source. 

  • Agate (Agates are quartzes- specifically a variety of Chalcedony- that come in a variety of colors, including blues and whites. Lace agates- especially blue or white lace agate can look like snow drifts.)
  • Anglesite (A clear to white gem that looks icy.)
  • Anhydrite/Angelite (A mineral that can be a nice wintry blue.)
  • Anorthite (A rare member of the Feldspar family, which includes Labradorite and Moonstone. It is often in white or clear coloration.)
  • Aragonite (A mineral that comes in various colors, including clear, white, or blue. The formations its crystals form in can often look icy in one way or another.)
  • Barite (It is also a mineral that comes in blues and whites. Its crystal form looks like ice pillars or sheets.)
  • Calcite (A mineral that can be clear or white, often looking like snow or ice.)
  • Celestine (Another white to blue gem with icy colors. Some of it resembles sheet ice or glaciers.)
  • Cerussite (A beautiful mineral that often forms in unique looking crystals. The crystals often look like pieces of snowflakes or ice!)
  • Chalcedony (A type of quartz that is smooth and elegant looking. It can be in various colors, like white or blue. Its white druzy form looks like snow as well.)
  • Colemanite (A clear to white icy looking mineral. It can develop an electric charge with temperature change, so it could potentially have ice powers and electric powers in one.)
  • Cryolite (A white colored mineral. Its name comes from the greek word for frost because of its appearance. And it is often mined in Greenland.)
  • Dumortierite Quartz (A type of clear quartz with inclusions of Dumortierite. It’s sort of like a gem snow globe with the blue inclusions~)
  • Fluorite (A gemstone that comes in many different colors, including blues and whites, as well as clear.)
  • Garnet (Birthstone of January. Page has some examples of different types of garnets.)
  • Hemimorphite (A pretty blue mineral that can range from blue-green, to light blue, to white. It can form in orb like shapes, or in crystals that look like icy pillars.)
  • Ice, and its various forms. (Technically ice counts as a mineral because its fits the requirements to be a mineral.)
  • Iceland Spar (A clear type of Calcite found in Iceland.)
  • Kernite (A pretty white to clear mineral that looks icy.)
  • Kyanite (A blue to light blue gem, sometimes with white streaks. It is a gemstone associated with water. It is also a refractory mineral, meaning it is heat resistant- a good trait for a gem based on cold powers.)
  • Labradorite (A gemstone found in Labradore, Canda, as well as places like Finland or Norway. It is heavily associated with the northern lights, which are usually seen in colder areas close to the poles. It is also associated with the water element. These factors make it a good candidate for snow and ice powers.)
  • Moonstone (A well known white to blue gemstone, its colors can resemble the moon or a shimmering snowflake. A star Moonstone could work extra well, especially with six rays, as it could resemble a snowflake.)
  • Muonionalusta (A silvery mineral found in Scandinavia, it’s zigzagging lines slightly resemble the designs of snowflakes under the microscope.)
  • Mica/Muscovite (A fragile mineral that forms in sheets. It is often shiny, and forms in hexagonal shapes, much like snowflakes.)
  • Opal (Opals can come in a huge variety of colors and appearances; the page linked shows some varieties that can occur. A white to blueish color opal could likely have ice or snow based powers, and the rainbow diffraction can resemble diamond dust in some examples. Inclusions like in this opal can also create a neat, snow-like effect)
  • Opalite (Man-made glass that displays opalescence. It could be a gem with ice/snow powers for similar reasons as Opal.)
  • Phenakite (A mineral that has clear crystals, some of which can heavily resemble ice.)
  • Sapphire (Sapphires in the show has shown ice powers.)
  • Selenite (A type of Gypsum. It can come in clear to white coloration. It can resemble ice or snow in some forms.)
  • Silver (A shimmering metal, its silvery color and ornamental usage throughout history makes it an elegant mineral and potentially a good candidate for snow and ice powers. Its crystalline form is also resembles many ice crystals.)
  • Smithsonite (A mineral that can come in many colors, especially blues and a wintery green. It can also be white to clear colored. Its smooth, rounded surface can look like snowballs or soft snow.)
  • Snow Quartz (An alternate name for Milky Quartz.)
  • Strontianite(A pale colored to white mineral, its crystals can look like ice or ice crystals.)
  • Tanzanite (Alternate birthstone for December.)
  • Tourmaline (Able to come in a vast variety of colors, including blue and white. Blue Tourmaline is often associated with water, which could be used as a basis for ice/snow powers.)
  • Turquoise (Birthstone of December.)
  • Vivanite (Normally a green color, but it can be clear and blue.

I hope this suits your needs!

- Mod Sapphire ❤

pyro-draws  asked:

ok but seriously. Isnt it confusing that Moonstone+Pearl is Opalite and Moonstone+Ame is Tifanny S, being those gemstones /sometimes/ the same thing (unless Opalite is the plastic-glass one)?

Tiffany Stone is a bertrandite

and Opalite is opalised glass

I do get the confusion though!

Glass Stone Magic

Maybe because I have a vain side that loves glamours and appearances (probably cause I’m ruled by Venus) I love working with glass stones. There are some that appear naturally in nature or that are man made but they have a much different use than other crystals. Glass is classified as a ‘rigid liquid’ because it cools too rapidly for a crystal structure to form (though it has similar makeup to crystals, just the formation is different) but its too hard to be an actual liquid. Glass can be used for glamours and illusions. Illusions can help create attractions (so if you would like to attract a certain thing, kind of how wanderers in a desert go after mirages), or they can help hide what is there. Glamours can create desired presences and appearances. My favorite stone is Opalite and I have created a huge bond with my necklace. Its sometimes incredibly off putting but people I know, work with and even strangers would approach me to grab at it because it’s a very alluring stone and I do a lot of magic work with it so the glow attracts them like moths. You can use each of these for all kind of illusionry. Glamours help with shielding as well which you can apply the protective glass stones to your shielding or hiding truths. 

  • Opalite-
    You can use this to be alluring in a mysterious way. It’s glowing and ephemeral and moonlike. It brings a dreamy attention towards yourself. It attracts people.

  • Obsidian-
    Almost the exact opposite of Opalite. Best worn with dark colors or all black. It can be used to hide yourself for protection. Obsidian is a stone made from volcanic glass that can help ward people or unwanted entities. It helps you be ‘invisible’ and does not attract people.

  • Mirrors-
    helps with protection as well since it reflects harm (good for curse wards) and can show hidden truths and bring clarity (since it reflects and shines light). It can help with illusionry where if you want to hide something it can help distort the truth. It attracts people and can be used as a trap.

  • Sea glass-
    helps to be more secretive and hard to read (think of the mysteries that lie deep beneath the ocean waves). It neither attracts nor repels people in my experience, it just a stone that helps conceal things.

  • Tektites-
    rare but incredibly powerful. They are naturally forming glass when meteors hit the earth and can come in small sized bodies of black, glowing green, brown or gray. They can be used to shed light where there need be inspiration and give off a glamour of otherworldliness. I’m sure it attracts people- especially the glowing green kind probably attracts weirdos and people that want to leave this earth.

  • Fulgurites-
    strange spiky stones that form when lightning strikes sand. They can be used for protection such as warding and shielding (especially if you like to work with electricity or are a weather witch) and can either help to repel people by intimidation or attract them magnetically. 

  • Marbles-
    can be used for wishes! Many use marbles for luck. A marbled ring can be created to be a luck charm and charged in sunlight. Can give an illusion to be cheerful. It attracts people. (People like to grab at this too like opalite).

  • Colored glass stones can be charmed to give off a glamour depending on your correspondence to it’s color. They are incredibly vibrant and can be found in any color and can help give off the vibe you’d want to achieve by it.
    Colored glass also comes in glass rings as well that makes it easy to wear and accessorize to your everyday outfits for glamour. I usually wear crystals to promote a kind of energy within myself but there are times I just want my outfit to match so I use glass stones and rings instead. Hints here can be with simple associations like pink can give you an appearance to be more intimate and flirtatious- deep gold to appear more assertive and influential- blue to appear more sensual secretive and empathetic etc. 

  • Multicolored glass stones/iridescent glass stones-
    to appear to have many sides or help with gender fluidity.

  • Glittering glass stones-
    same as the colored glass stones but the sparkles adds more of an allure and attention. It attracts people.

  • In many cultures glass stones are turned into charms like the blue eye to ward evil for example.

All glass needs your energy for it to work because unlike crystals it does not vibrate on it’s own since it has no structure. Therefore it makes it incredibly malleable to use and activate for almost any purpose as long as it resonates with you. Glass can be charged powerfully by the sun since it’s a substance that reflects or absorbs light. 

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Some more leather banners - I really enjoy making these, since they’re all painted freehand. So they’re all a bit wonky, but that’s part of their charm (at least to me),

Left: Morrigan’s banner. Black and red glass, garnet, red quartz, astrophyllite.

Middle: Manannan Mac Lir’s banner. Silver and blue pearls, matte quartz rounds, blue glass.

Right: Fand’s banner. White pearls, opalite, blue glass, blue apatite.