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The information given here is intended for general guidance only. In particular, any information regarding the potential or possible healing properties of various stones should in no circumstances be regarded as a substitute for a consultation with a properly qualified practitioner.

This category includes the so-called "created" or synthetic stones, and stones that have had their properties enhanced by artificial means.

How do you tell a man-made stone? Well, unless you have expert knowledge, in most cases you will have to trust your supplier. Most reputable jewellers and crystals suppliers will indicate their man-made stones by labels such as "created" or "synthetic" or sometimes "artificial". Sapphires, Rubies and Emeralds are often found in "created" varieties in the jewellers, as (less often) are other stones, for example even Alexandrite. Despite being of the purest colour and free of flaws, they are of less intrinsic value than their natural relatives. In fact, they also appear to be of relatively little value in metaphysical terms when compared with their natural counterparts. This may be in part at least due to the strong earth energies that the natural stones have accumulated, having in the ground for thousands, or in some cases millions, of years.

There are exceptions, however, and some of these are described below.

Colour enhanced stones Stones may have their natural colour enhanced by artificial means, for example Sapphires may be darkened by heat treatment. This, and similar operations, are usually considered quite acceptable in the jewellery industry, and it seems not to alter the metaphysical properties of the stones in any way.
Dyed stones By contrast, dying stones can nearly destroy their value. Agates in particular, especially the naturally pale ones, are frequently dyed a variety of vivid colours that are supposed to look attractive but actually look most unnatural. The harmonies within the stone are often seriously disturbed as a result. There is, however, an important exception to this rule, which is dyed Howlite: see below.
Blue dyed Howlite Howlite (calcium borosilicate hydroxide) is a naturally white stone with grey veins. Carefully dyed with a suitable greenish blue dye, it can look remarkably like Turquoise, and equally remarkably, takes on some of the metaphysical properties of Turquoise, in addition to the natural properties of Howlite. Howlite that has been dyed to resemble Turquoise is sometimes known as Turqurenite. Although it is not so powerful in its energies as genuine Turquoise, for many purposes it can be used as an inexpensive substitute for that stone. Dispels an excessively critical nature, diminishes selfishness and facetiousness. promotes reasoning, observation and patience. Reduces pain, stress and rage. Used in the treatment of disorders of the teeth, bones and muscles.
Aura Quartz Aura Quartz is a name given to Quartz crystals that have been given a very thin metallic coating, so producing a wide variety of clear, spectral colours. Besides being delightful to look at, the treatment actually seems to enhance some of the natural properties of the Quartz, perhaps because the metallic layer helps to retain the beneficial energies within the stone itself.
Clear crystal Rock Crystal is another name for natural Quartz, and of course shares its properties. However, the term Crystal is also applied to many man-made forms of glass, although usually of superior quality to ordinary household glass. It has no metaphysical value of its own, although it may be useful for some purposes. Small faceted crystals can be used to produce beneficial coloured light effects. Some people who use Crystal balls, for skrying and other uses, prefer the superior optical qualities of man-made crystal; on the other hand, there are some who are equally insistent that only a natural crystal will do. In this case you must make up your own mind. There are even instances where ordinary glass is preferable to Crystal, whether natural or man-made. When solarizing water, it should be put into ordinary glass bottles, coloured ones where appropriate. Crystal containers will exclude certain components of sunlight that are essential to the solarization process.
Carborundum This is a man-made material (silicon carbide) that is normally powdered and used as an abrasive. However, as part of the production process, it sometimes forms masses of elongated crystals, almost black in colour but with fascinating rainbow light reflections, and you will sometimes encounter these in rock and crystal outlets. A few workers in the field of crystal healing have reported favourable results with this material, for memory reinforcement and for enhancing artistic and diplomatic skills. On the other hand, many workers find these properties rather tenuous, probably because - as described above - these synthetic materials lack the profound earth energies inherent in natural stones. The formations can be highly decorative, however.
Silicon Although silicon is the second most abundant element in the Earth's crust (after oxygen), natural occurrence in its pure state is extremely rare. However, large quantities of it are now manufactured for the purposes of making computer chips and other electronic components. The final products are extremely complex, having many other materials added in the manufacturing process. However, chemically pure silicon, the product of the refining process before it is turned into chips, is now available from a number of sources, either rough or polished. In appearance, it resembles a silvery metal. Being a pure energy, it does appear to have a number of metaphysical uses. To promote mental activity, discrimination, motivation, concentration. Alleviates headaches, eyestrain and various disorders relating to excessive computer use. Strengthens bones and teeth. Can also be used as a general tonic when "run down".
Snakestone Snakestones are fossil Ammonites, an extinct sea creature with a spiral shell, somewhat resembling a coiled snake. They are natural in origin. However, from medieval times or before, it was often the practise to enhance the illusion that these stones really were petrified snakes, by carving a small snake's head at the mouth of the shell. Although therefore in some sense making them into a fake, remarkably enough this alteration seems to enhance the Snakestone's energies, presumably by psychically linking to the energy of the snake. Modern versions of the Snakestone, which ideally should be fabricated from a genuine Ammonite fossil, are occasionally made and offered for sale. Protects against malicious gossip and psychic attack. Can help to reduce an excessive dependence on material possessions. Used in the treatment of all forms of poisoning, including snake bite, and has been said to protect against being bitten. Also helpful for impotence, and for certain skin disorders, such as psoriasis and eczema.
Zincite Zincite does occur naturally as small, orange crystals. However, the large, well-formed crystals that are sold as Polish Zincite are the byproduct of an industrial process. Polish Zincite was originally reported following a fire in a zinc mine, but nowadays it is routinely harvested from the exhaust flues of zinc smelting furnaces. The mineralogical community does not recognize it as a mineral in its own right; nevertheless it can be argued that its formation is natural, inasmuch as it is an unintentional product of man's activities. Indeed, both the natural and the Polish varieties have been found to be of value in metaphysical work. Promotes the synthesis of power and energy. Removes and dissipates blockages. Tends to bring together persons of like mind. Used to treat disorders of the hair, skin, and prostate gland.
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