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What is a crystal?

Introduction

Have you ever wondered how crystals are created? How does a crystal source its vibration? Well, crystals are all around us. They grow in nature as well as within our cells and tissues. Crystals are used in Computers, phones, watches and much more, but how are they formed? Keep on reading this blog to find out more.

Crystals

All crystalline structures are formed of mathematically precise and orderly three-dimensional arrangements of atoms. This is the crystal lattice, which confers a high level of stability. It also gives Crystals their unique colours, hardness and physical, geometrical and energetic properties.
Gemstones and Crystals have an amazing capacity to absorb, reflect and radiate light in the form of intelligent fields of stable energy that increase the flow of vital life force within the human physical and subtle anatomy.

They holistically restore stability and balance by applying this stable energy or Crystal resonance in a coherent, focused way to dysfunctional energy systems; this results in the release of dis-ease, bringing about restructuring and alignment.

Mother Earth has a wide variety of minerals and metal deposits within the core. Under certain circumstances, mineral solutions can grow and produce beautiful crystals with healing and therapeutic properties.

How crystals grow
When water deep inside the Earth warms up, it expands and allows minute solids to be dissolved into the water. Particles then move into the spaces between the water molecules. At the point when no more molecules can be absorbed, the water becomes a saturated solution.



Crystal formation

There are seven basic shapes of crystals (also known as lattices) – hexagonal, cubic, trigonal, triclinic, orthorhombic, monoclinic, and tetragonal.
When temperature changes and the warm solution cools or evaporates, the space between the molecules become smaller. The water frees up or releases the excess solute and then crystals begin to grow. Crystals will form depending on which minerals are dissolved in the water. Some solutions will grow many tiny crystals, and some will grow into large, beautiful crystals.

Depending on the condition, crystals can grow slowly over numerous years, and they can stop growing and start again. This stop-start process can be seen in some malformed crystals. Crystals can sometimes develop in one direction and then start to grow in another.
Crystals grow in clusters or ribbons deep in the Earth where the ancient water and underground rivers used to run.

Crystals very often grow in geodes, which are air bubbles often formed in volcanic rocks when hot lava ran over the Earth and eventually cooled; these layers are built up over millions of years.

By volume and weight, the largest concentrations of crystals in the Earth are part of the Earth’s solid bedrock. Other crystals have been created as the lava from volcanic eruptions cools down. The slower the molten rock cools, the larger the crystals that are formed. Other varieties of crystals are created very slowly over time as liquids underground find their way into small cracks and deposit minerals.

Temperature, pressure, chemical conditions and the amount of space available affect some crystal’s growth. Sometimes crystals develop in confined spaces and this case, they form crystalline masses but may not grow into their typical crystal shape.

Crystals are mainly formed from silicon and oxygen, silicon being the most prolific element in the Earth’s core. When silicon and oxygen combine, they form silicon dioxide, which is also known as quartz. The other elements present during this process create many different types of crystals and contribute to their properties. There are several other major crystal components, including carbon from which diamonds are formed.


Inclusions

An inclusion is any material trapped inside a mineral during its formation. Inclusion is a characteristic enclosed within a gemstone or reaching its surface from the interior. For example, a Golden Rutile crystal inside of a Clear Quartz crystal. (Rutilated quartz)

Inclusions are usually other minerals or rocks but may also be water, gas or petroleum. Liquid or vapour inclusions are known as fluid inclusions. In the case of amber, it is possible to find insects and plants as inclusions.

Phantoms

Phantom crystals are a variety of quartz formed on an earlier existing crystal over a million years. It is a crystal or a mineral deposit within a crystal. Each crystal exhibits the outlines of many other smaller crystals, which are called phantoms.

Piezoelectric Effect

Crystals possess a special quality and this is known as their piezoelectric effect. If a crystal receives a physical blow, is rubbed or twisted, it builds up a tiny electric charge across some of the planes within the crystal. The opposite is also true and if a crystal is placed in an electric field, it will bend and flex minutely; this is known as the piezoelectric effect used in timepieces and chronometers.

The more a crystal is worked and handled, the greater the electric charge, although still incredibly small. It is enough to make a difference and cause a tingling effect when handled by sensitive people.

Salt and sugar crystals

Examples of crystals that you use in everyday life are table salt and sugar. These two crystals are both consumed as food and they are tiny, soft, formed crystals. Salt and sugar are easily reabsorbed back when dissolved in a glass of water. Most hard crystals such as those used by crystal healers will not be reabsorbed once formed. Sugar crystals can be made into sweets and are the basis for rock sold at seaside towns.

Salt Lakes

Salt lakes are huge, flat, shallow lakes. Some salt lakes developed as their incoming streams dried up or from the watercourse shifting. Many salt lakes once contained seawater and as the Earths tectonic plates shifted, the seawater was trapped inland as a Salt Lake. Salt lakes do not necessarily contain table salt but will have other minerals mixed in it as well. Through processing, the clean salt is recovered for use on your table, ready to consume.

Each crystal has its vibrational frequency; this is a huge contributing factor to how crystals can help clear blockages, align our energy system and help us to raise our frequencies and consciousness supporting our mind, body and soul.

Thank you for reading our crystal blog, we hope this brings you an understanding of crystals. If you have any questions or queries please get in touch with us or drop your comments and likes below. 

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