A word…

As I have grown in my crystal education, I no longer become incensed when I run across a fake/fraud. What I do, is research. I become informed. I ask a…

Galena Geodes

Galena Geode - FAKE I found a discussion on mindat.org recently about these fake Galena geodes. As I often do, I read through entire sections to keep me educated on…

Gaia Stone

Also called Mt. St. Helen's Obsidian aka Mt. St. Helen's Peacock Obsidian aka Gaia Stone aka Helenite aka Emerald Obsidianite aka Obsidianite. When I first saw this stuff, I was…

Chalcanthite

Chalcanthite is a natural, water-soluble copper sulphate. It is a secondary mineral that is formed in arid climates or in rapidly oxidizing copper deposits, usually of post-mining formation, forming on…

Turquoise

One of the most common forgeries I have come across is that of misidentified Turquoise. True Turquoise colors include a bright blue, sky-blue, pale green, blue-green, turquoise-blue, apple green, green-gray.…

Siberian Blue Quartz

Siberian Blue Quartz (Russia) is not a naturally occurring crystal. It is a lab grown quartz colored by cobalt. Siberian Green Quartz (Russia) has been "regrown" from natural Quartz combined…

Opalite

Opalite is man made, lab created, synthetic opalized glass. For the most part, it is represented as exactly what it is. There is always someone however, that tries to pass…

Fordite

This is technically not a fake or a forgery. The real offense here is the intent to pass car paint off as a mineral. It is NOT an agate and…

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