Collectible Crystals

Collectible Crystals

People collect and use crystals for many different reasons, but for whatever the reason, it’s generally a great idea to learn a bit about the crystals you bring into your space. In this blog post, I selected four crystals to briefly talk about - Citrine, Spirit Quartz, Celestine, and Clear Quartz Geode.

There is so much more to know about each, so feel free to add on in the comments. Are you into the metaphysical properties or scientific properties more? I’m interested to know!

  

Citrine cluster on a black background

1. Citrine

Citrine is a pale yellow to brownish orange variety of quartz that is rare in nature. The finest citrine color is a saturated yellow to reddish orange free of brownish tints. It is oftentimes a crystal that is easily mistaken for heat-treated amethyst and sometimes smokey Quartz. In Bolivia, amethyst and Citrine can occur together in the same crystal, called ametrine.

Mohs hardness: 7
  

 
 

2. Spirit Quartz

Spirit Quartz is an unusual member of the Quartz family, found only in the Magaliesberg Mountain region of South Africa. Its core is a candle-shaped crystal with a faceted termination point, encrusted with hundreds of smaller crystal termination points. Spirit Quartz is also referred to as Cactus Quartz or Porcupine Quartz. There are four natural forms of Spirit Quartz – Amethyst, Citrine, Smokey, and White Quartz, sometimes occurring in combinations.

Mohs hardness: 7
 
 
 

 

3. Celestine

Celestine is a crystal that can be found worldwide and is named for its occasional delicate blue color. The name is derived from the Latin word, caelestis, which means “celestial”. It is most often found in shades of pale blue or white but can also be found in orange, pink, pale green, pale brown, grey, or colorless. 

Celestine consists of strontium sulfate (SrSO4).  Celestine and the carbonate mineral strontianite are the main sources of the element strontium, commonly used in fireworks and in various metal alloys.

Mohs hardness: 3 - 3.5
  
 
 

 

4. Clear Quartz Geode

The word geode originated from the Greek word, geoides, which means "earthlike." Geodes are spherical rocks that are oftentimes characterized as an agate with an internal cavity. They look like common rocks that are lined with mineral materials and typically have a hollow space, which makes them resistant to weathering and still is intact when it is subject to weathering.

Mohs hardness: 7

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1 comment

Love learning about crystals and rocks! The scientific properties are fascinating! Never got into the metaphysical aspect.

Danielle

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