REAL OR NATURAL GEMSTONES
Real gemstones are just that, real and natural, as they were created in nature. Often natural gemstones must be treated by various methods to make the colour appear as we would expect them to look. Some treatments are permanent and some are not. For an example of gemstone treatment, Tanzanite in its natural state is a brownish colour, but when heat treated, Tanzanite becomes the beautiful blue-purple gemstone that we admire. Tanzanite was first discovered after a lightning strike hit a surface deposit of Tanzanite, in Tanzania, Africa.
LABORATORY CREATED GEMSTONES
Laboratory created gemstones are made of the same mineral composition as natural gemstones, and are created in laboratories with equipment that simulates the high pressures and heat that nature used to created the real gemstones far beneath the surface of the earth. A laboratory created gemstone is identical to the natural gemstone it replicates it in every way; colour, hardness, composition, lustre, looks etc.
The only difference between a lab created gemstone and a natural gemstone is that the natural gemstone most likely has flaws called inclusions, and laboratory created gemstones have no inclusions, as the mineral composition, heat, and pressure are controlled in the laboratory. Having no inclusions in a perfect lab created gemstone sounds favourable, however too perfect can sometimes look unnatural or phoney.
The flaws or inclusions in natural gemstones are caused by minute traces of minerals that are trapped within the gemstone during the gemstone's crystallisation process, and are the result of certain extraneous gases and other minerals being mixed in the molten mass prior to its cooling and crystallisation. Natural gemstones with fewer inclusions are given a higher clarity rating, and thus a higher value when being appraised.
It seems odd that when comparing the price of a laboratory created gemstone which is flawless, against a natural gemstone which has inclusions, that we would knowingly pay for a natural gemstone, many multiples of the price of an identical flawless laboratory created gemstone, but this is a result of our culture, and the the jewellery industries marketing efforts. Remember a laboratory created gemstone is identical to a natural gemstone, except that the laboratory created gemstone is flawless. Because of the high price of natural gemstones many gemstones sold today are laboratory created.
Sapphires and Rubies are in the Corundum family of gemstones, and are fairly easily created in the laboratory, therefore laboratory created Rubies and Sapphires are very common. Emeralds and Aquamarines are in the Beryl family of gemstones, and Emeralds and Aquamarines are not easily made in the laboratory. Laboratory created Emeralds are very expensive to make, and not commonly found in jewellery, however laboratory created Aquamarines are not as expensive to make as Emeralds, and it is not uncommon to find them being made into jewellery.
Simulated gemstones are created in a laboratory environment, but they differ from natural gemstones and laboratory created gemstone in many significant ways, and are only made to look like a natural gemstone. Simulated gemstones in most cases do not have the same mineral composition, colour, hardness, lustre, or looks of a natural gemstone or lab created gemstone.
Most low cost jewellery is made with simulated gemstones due to the fact that simulated gemstones cost less than laboratory created gemstones.
Look real don't they but this brooch is made from swarovski crystals and simulated pearls.
How to make crystal water and Essences
Crystal water is made by transferring the subtle energies and minute concentrations of the mineral constituents of the crystal into distilled water.
Crystal water is an excellent way to use the healing power of crystals. Crystals can be combined when making the water, just make sure that they are compatible by doing a dowsing test.
The remedies that you create can then be rubbed on the skin, swallowed or sprayed in a room.
Crystal water isn't preserved and loses its effectiveness over a 24 hour period if you wish to keep the remedy longer the crystal water needs to become a crystal essence.
Crystal Essence is Just like all other homeopathic remedies. The Crystal Water is bottled with brandy, vodka or cider vinegar which then preserves it for later use.
Place in a clean brown or green glass bottle 1/3 Crystal water to 2/3 vodka. Ensure that the bottle is airtight.
This has now become a homeopathic remedy, and as such must be diluted prior to using. Place 7 drops of the remedy into a glass of water, a spray bottle filled with water or in your bath.
There are two methods in making crystal water, this is because some stones are toxic and must not have direct contact with water.
Such as Malachite, Sulphur, Galena and Vanadinite.
If you are not sure about a crystal always use the indirect method.
Others are fragile crystals and should also use the indirect method.
Such as Angelite, Selenite and Gypsum.
The best crystals to use in the direct method should be sturdy tumbled stones., such as Aventurine, Quartz, Jasper and Agate.
MAKING CRYSTAL WATER USING THE DIRECT METHOD
Place spring water or distilled water into a bowl or a large jar and place your clean crystals into the water. Cover the container with clear plastic or a glass lid and place it inside or outside in the sunlight for several hours or the bowl could be left in the moonlight overnight.
MAKING CRYSTAL WATER USING THE INDIRECT METHOD
Place the crystals in a small glass bowl or glass then stand that bowl inside another larger bowl that has enough water in it to raise the water level up above the level of the crystals in the inner bowl. Cover the bowl with clear plastic or a glass lid and place it somewhere inside overnight or outside in the sunlight for several hours. Make sure that the crystal doesn't get wet from rain or condensation.
USING THE CRYSTAL WATER
For using within 24 hours just use the water as needed, pour into a bottle and sip it throughout the day, put some in a bowl and bathe the affected area or put it in a spray bottle and spray any rooms or outdoor areas that need the remedy.
If you are not going to be using the water within the 24 hours or you wish to use it as a homeopathic essence then it needs to be preserved and then used as needed.