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PostPosted: Jun 04, 2019 11:28    Post subject: Fake Rose Quartz?  

Hi,

I just received the following "Rose Quartz Crystal" and a lot of things seem off to me.

First, there doesn't seem to be any incision in the Crystal. Rather, the inside seems to contain cloudy threads in a pattern that looks like cotton candy.
Second, the "Crystal" doesn't feel as cold as my other specimens at home.
Third, there seems to be what looks like small bubbles to me.

I'm sorry for the poor quality of the photos but I will try to post some better ones asap.



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PostPosted: Jun 04, 2019 12:34    Post subject: Re: Fake Rose Quartz?  

First, from the photos, it is not a crystal, but a polished piece of stone, likely quartz [but could be other things - you'd have to do hardness and possibly other tests]. But this Forum is sort of dedicated to natural crystals...a quartz crystal would have six sides - your object seems to have been polished to have four.....
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PostPosted: Jun 04, 2019 15:28    Post subject: Re: Fake Rose Quartz?  

Not too much can be gathered from the poor quality photos.

If natural, it is a carved and polished piece of massive rose quartz, most likely from China or the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. Both localities have produced tons of this stuff for jewelry, carving and polishing into knick-knacks and creations sold in touristy gift shops. Even the accompanying wooden base is in keeping with this being a carved/polished knick-knack.

True mineral collectors show little interest in this carved and polished stuff. Bob
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PostPosted: Jun 05, 2019 04:08    Post subject: Re: Fake Rose Quartz?  

As Peter and Bob already said, this is a cut & polished piece, most likely common quartz. But no matter WHAT material this is, it is definitely NOT a "rose quartz crystal". Natural rose quartz occurs mostly as compact mass of rock, well-crystallized specimens are very, very rare and quite small. So I am sorry for you but if someone sold it to you as "rose quartz crystal" then it was a fraud :-(
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PostPosted: Jun 05, 2019 08:48    Post subject: Re: Fake Rose Quartz?  

Thanks a lot for the input.

Yes I should be more careful about the distinction between "Crystal" and "polished pieces of stones".

The original photo did show the piece on a black rock bedding, and although I have nothing against polished pieces, what ticked me was the feel and the small flake-like bubbles inside.

I think I'll try to get a refund for it.
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