Crystal Treasure Trove
Copyright © 2015 - Bill Kaunitz
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Vladimir 's crystals are unbelievably perfect, pure and rare. Is it any better or worse than a natural quartz crystal? No, it is just a little bit different, but as perfect as anything I have seen that comes out of the earth. Once you have handled some of the laboratory crystals and some of the natural crystals, it is easy to tell them apart. The energy of a lab crystal always feels different from the energy of an ancient sacred stone.
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This is another crystal from Dr. Vladimir. He did an experiment with a broken natural crystal from Brazil that he “convinced” to grow into a perfect shape in his laboratory. This is the first time that anyone has been able to re-grow a broken crystal and bring it back to something like its original perfection.
About 100 years ago, there were rumors that a backyard scientist had perfected a similar process. He did not share his techniques with anybody and his notes were lost. His inventions passed away with him.
After much experimentation, Dr. Vladimir took a damaged crystal coated with natural rust, and immersed it in a growth solution of silica and catalysts. In the next picture you can see the original crystal before it was encouraged to re-perfect its molecular structure.
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This six-inch Brazilian crystal had a tough life. One end was completely broken off. The faceted tip was badly damaged. The sides were bumped and cracked multiple times so that the original faceting was shattered, frosted, pitted and chipped. I suspect that this stone was tossed into the back of a pickup truck with thousands of other damaged crystals. After a couple hundred miles of bouncing around, it had so many impact fractures that it hardly looked like quartz anymore.
There are natural rust stains on the surface of the crystal and in cracks leading to the interior. After cleaning off the exterior, Dr. Vladimir drilled the end of the crystal to insert a metal hook. The metal hook was hung on a treelike structure in the crystal growth vat, where fluids percolated for three months around the broken edges. The atomic structure of the pre-existing natural crystal programmed the growth of new atoms and molecules along all of the broken edges. The old crystal “told” the new crystal how to grow to achieve flat and shiny surfaces with perfect angles.
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Here is the end product of the crystal repair experiment. All of the rough sides have grown out to flat crystal planes, some of which are striated with parallel marks, just like natural crystals. The red iron colors are now on the inside of the crystal where they have been sealed in by the new growth. Most of the sides of this double-ended crystal are now perfectly formed with clear luminous faces. On one side where the metal hook was implanted, the metal was chipped away, leaving thin fractures along one edge. You can see those patterns shining through the crystal on the top horizontal facet.
If I saw this beautiful crystal in a store, I would think it was a natural crystal that came out of the ground. Indeed, it is a natural crystal that came out of the ground, although there have been some sophisticated “repairs” to the faces. It is a blend of the best of Mother Nature along with the creativity of modern researchers and experimenters.
It costs so much money, and takes so much energy to grow crystals like this that there is little chance you will get to see one unless you visit Dr. Vladimir at his gem show exhibits.
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This two inch long perfectly clear quartz double-ender came from Dr. Vladimir 's laboratory. How can you tell if a clear double-ended crystal came out of a laboratory? Could it be a perfect natural crystal from Herkimer County, New York ?
Herkimer quartz crystals are so clear that people call them “Herkimer Diamonds.” However, diamonds are made from pure carbon not silica. Oddly enough, your Herkimer quartz crystal may contain some carbon that was left over from prehistoric fossils. Herkimers are one of the few types of crystals that contain carbon. Usually carbon is burned up during the heat of crystal formation. Fossil residues may leave traces of black particles in your Herkimer quartz.
Let's look at this picture of a double-ended lab crystal. Is your crystal so clear that it looks too good to be true? That does not necessarily mean it is a lab crystal. Some natural crystals are flawless. However, the lab crystals show several distinct features that separate them from the ones that grew millions of years ago.
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There are typically no inclusions inside a lab crystal. You may see faint traces of a thin seed plane running down the middle of a man-made crystal, but no other imperfections. The natural Herkimer quartz shown above has misty inclusions and an iris rainbow plane.
You can assess the clarity and perfection of a crystal by looking through it at a printed page. Can you read words through the depth of the crystal? Are there areas of mist that blur the image?
These so-called imperfections are known as “inclusions” in crystal terminology. Inclusions indicate natural crystals from the ground. The inclusions may subtract from the clarity of crystals, but their natural beauty charms and delights the viewer. My fourth volume, Inside the Crystal, deals with the hundreds of kinds of inclusions found in quartz crystals. You will see photographs of gold, metals, minerals, crystals, and colorful rainbow patterns preserved inside of quartz crystals for eternity.
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The outside surfaces of the crystal (called facets) are very smooth and clear on lab crystals. This may also be seen in some quartz crystals that come from the ground. More typically, the natural crystals have lines or striations like the one above. If the surface is completely flat, this is an indication you are looking at a laboratory quartz crystal.
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At first sight the laboratory crystal looks 100% perfect. All the facets are flat, the crystal is very clear and none of the edges are chipped or broken. The tip-off is on the back of the crystal. It decisively tells you that this crystal came out of a growing vat.
The lab crystals always grow off a seed plane or seed plate. The seed “plane” is a thin slice, about two millimeters thick, of pure quartz that is suspended from a metal hook on a stainless steel rack inside of the quartz pressure cooker. A seed “plate” is a sheet of metal, sprinkled with tiny quartz crystals, that is placed on a shelf inside the quartz-growing vessel to create a Dr. Klipov cluster.
At some point on your suspected man-made crystal, there will be a metal hook or a flat metal plate that is visible as a rusted, corroded or patina-colored area. The hooks or pins are usually orange from rust. The flat plates have a variety of colors depending on what alloy was originally used.
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To distinguish a brand-new lab crystal from an ancient one, look at the edges where the facets come together. Where three or more facets join at these thin edges, the tips are vulnerable to impact damage. In a new lab crystal, you will see flawless atomic precision along every edge and every point. The edges are extremely crisp, with no indentations, cracks, slivers or fissures.
In a natural quartz crystal, or any gem crystal, the passage of millions of years results in some abrasion or impacts on the edges of the crystals. This can also occur during the mining process, where a crystal bumps another rock or a tool on its way out of the ground. Since the clear natural crystals are found in sticky, dense clay, the miners cannot see what is under the surface while they are digging. During the mining process of a natural crystal or during handling, chips can occur at the edges of any crystal. On millennia-old stones, there is usually abrasion along the fine edges of the crystal and frequently, a tiny chip right at the tip.
This one-inch long lab crystal, shown with a postage stamp, fell off the edge of a larger Vladimir cluster during an airplane journey. I held the box with the cluster on my lap for hundreds of miles. Even with ultimate care, one tiny piece fell off. It is still so perfect and beautiful!
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What is the best way to find out if your new double-ended crystal is a lab crystal? Ask the dealer! Reputable mineral dealers know the source for their stones. This is the most important information a seller can pass along to a new crystal owner. All of a crystal's physical factors, such as weight, length and color, can be determined by examining the stone itself. It definitely helps to know what area, country or mine a crystal came from. You might be surprised at some of these exotic locations. I was amazed when I saw my first Herkimer crystal because it comes from New York, my home state.
The Madagascar crystal shown above was faceted from a natural stone. Since it is newly cut, there are no chips or abrasions. These "Dr. Vogel-cut" crystals are superior energy tools. Sometimes they are made from laboratory quartz, which often shows the seed planes on careful examination.
Dr. Marcel Vogel worked at the IBM laboratories for years, developing new crystal technologies. He created special designs, called Vogel-cuts, which focus healing energies particularly well. These special double-enders had 6 facets, 8 or 22 facets, up to 333 skinny facets! The large ones are in short supply, and command prices into the thousands of dollars.
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