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WHAT IS A CRYSTAL AS OPPOSED TO A STONE?

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A crystal: from Diamond to Quartz: is a mathematically precise tower of perfectly-aligned atoms. Laid down one layer at a time, each atom is the same shape, and they sit next to each other in organised "lattice" patterns.

A stone is also made of atoms (as is everything) but in a totally unorganised struture. There are quite a few 'stones' which we humans also love: but which are not accurately crystals (as they are unorgansied atomically) such as Opal, Moldavite and desert/volcanic glasses.. such as Obsidian.

QUARTZ and GLASS are chemically THE SAME! Both are Silica DiOxide - but Quartz is perfectly internally organised, with precise mathematic rows of Silica DiOxide atoms. Glass is vacuous, with no internal structure at all.

Lets look at Pyrite (Iron Pyrite / Fools Gold) which has square atoms. When you put squares on top of squares, you get bigger squares!!

Cubic atomic lattice within Pyrite



Each crystal type has different lattice shapes, though there are only 7 atom shapes : also called the Platonic solids - ie: Square, Triagonal, Rhombic... Here's a Calcite with the Rhombus pattern throughout (although in reality the smallest rhombuses in the Calcite are microscopic):

Rhombic atomic lattice : Calcite: PixieCrystals











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All these crystal articles are written by me, Loren Warn of Pixie Crystals, from personal experience. Please do not copy them without reference AND giving a web-link to their source.

Loren :  Pixie Crystals founder, photographer, owner and author




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