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Crystal Energy Training: All right now that we've touched a little bit about the the history of crystals Let's dive right in and talk about the differences between minerals crystals and gemstones. So first of all almost all crystals are minerals but not all minerals are crystals. So what is a mineral. Well a mineral is a naturally occurring chemical compound that's usually of crystalline form and or in organic in origin meaning it did not come from a life process it did not come from a lifeform. So all minerals found this mnemonic device just remember sniff. OK so solid it is solid. At normal Earth temperatures an it is naturally occurring. So unlike glass or obsidian which is actually volcanic glass and although Obsidian is naturally occurring because it comes from a volcano it is still glass so technically Obsidian is not a crystal which we're going to talk about what crystals are in just a moment but stick with me. So I it's an organic in nature so it did not come from any type of life form it's not a fossil it's not Amber which in case you're wondering Amber is actually SAP. So a sap that has been fossilized over millions of years jet is actually fossilized petrified wood and coral obviously is you know fossilized coral. So those types of materials although they can often be lumped together in the gemstone Kristel category because they have healing properties they are not those particular items and Mynor materials are not minerals. So f formula the chemical formula never changes for any type of mineral unless it is being superheated to a certain degree level and then it would could possibly become something else but only if that happens. Otherwise it is always staying the same it never ever changes. See it is crystalline in nature. That means that the molecules or the atoms inside have been arranged in an orderly repeating geometric pattern. And that's actually what crystalline means is that it has a very tight orderly repeating geometric pattern at the molecular level and then a few popular minerals that you might have heard of before including Maika pyrite gurnet and Hammerstein and Maika is often used in various cosmetics and beauty products and also pyrite if you're familiar with lapis lazuli or lazily it has Flake's of pyrite strewn throughout it as well. So those are a few minerals that you might have heard of before that are not crystals. Now let's go on to talk about what a crystal is so a crystal is a solid material whose atoms molecules or ions are arranged in a highly ordered microscopic structure. Remember what happened it's a highly are a very tight repeating geometric pattern at the molecular level and that forms the crystal lattice that extends in all directions. And usually this is identifiable then through its geometric type shapes so as you know just like the crystal that you see in front of you you see its faces are very angular in nature they're very geometric reshaped so that stems from what is happening at the atomic level. But it is important to note that a crystal is scientifically defined by its microscopic atomic arrangement not by its physical shape. So although sometimes we may see something that maybe looks like a crystal maybe a shape like a crystal just because it's sheeplike one doesn't necessarily mean that it is a crystal and the only way that sometimes crystals can be identified is by a certified geologist. For example we'll talk about this a little bit later but citrine is a crystal that is actually kind of rare nowadays like it's still available. But what we get on the market or inside of stores a lot of times is not actually citrine a lot of it is either superheated Amethyst or yellow Topaz and those two materials it can be difficult to tell the difference. Really the only way that you can tell the difference with you know very well made citrine or we'll call it very well. MAN-MADE citrine is if you would go to a generalist and they would test the MAS Hargus or Mount most Hartness m o h s on the hardness scale and that's really the only way to tell for sure. Or you know be able to test it in a lab to know whether or not it's truly a crystal or some other material. So now let's talk we've talked about what minerals are. We've talked about what crystals are. Let's move on now and talk about what gemstones are. So stones and gemstones are often a mix of various different minerals that happened to be in one mass. So oftentimes gemstones are pieces of minerals that have actually been cut and polished and typically they're used to make jewelry or some other adornment by certain rocks such as lap lazily Opal Jade or other in or you know organic mineral voids like Amberjack Hurlock cetera those aren't minerals but they can be used for jewelry and healing. So you know they're like I said before they're often lumped together in that gemstone family and some exceptions to this are things like Chris Krypto crystalline Stones or the parly Crystal group and this group of crystals is made up of such teeny tiny crystals that it's the crystalline structure can actually only be seen under a microscope so this would be these crystals like adventuring who don't only an Aggie you know those are just a few common examples. So sometimes something maybe it doesn't necessarily look like a crystal maybe it looks more like a rock because if you've ever seen raw adventuring it really does look more like a rock than it does a typical quartz crystal or something like that. However at the macroscopic level or the atomic level they actually it actually is a crystal. So those are just some ways that you know stones can look like crystals and crystals can look like stones. But I hope I've given you a good idea of what a mineral is or Crystal is and what a gemstone is. And like I said before almost all crystals are minerals but not all minerals are gemstones not dodgem stones or crystals. I hope that has been clear for you guys. And really what matters the most is that you understand what the healing properties are and when it comes down to it a lot of these words are used interchangeably. When you read blog post or when you go maybe even going into certain Crystal shops depending on what their level of education is a lot of them will just call them stones or crystals you know we'll use that that word interchangeably. And no one's really going to end up correcting euphoric unless you know unless you have really really well educated store owner and they want to let you know that oh wow that's actually a crystal or something but most of the time we use the word stones gemstones and crystals almost interchangeably especially when we're talking about stone gemstones and crystals that have those healing properties that we tend to use that even more interchangeably so I just want to throw that out there for for your own knowledge. So now and the next video we're going to actually dive in and talk about how crystals are formed so Crystal Energy Training: stick with me and join me in the next video.