How can you tell if crystal beads are real?
1. To feel the temperature, you can try to hold the crystal in your hand. After about 2~3 minutes, you can feel whether the crystal is warm or cool. If it is cold, it is likely to be true, and the rapidly changing temperature is likely to be jewelry such as glass.
2. Visual observation Crystals are formed naturally in nature, and will inevitably be affected by the environment. It is normal to add impurities. If you hold a crystal to the sun, and see tiny stripes or catkin-like substances, it’s likely to be a real crystal. Fake crystals are usually pure and uniform because they are artificially processed.
3. Test the hardness Because natural crystals are hard and are not prone to scratches, we can try to scratch the crystal with gravel to see if there are any traces left. If there are traces, it is a fake crystal.
What is the difference between glass and crystal beads?
“The manufacture of glass and crystal beads is an amazing process. In its most basic form, glass is molten sand, which is mixed with various additives and cooled so quickly that it has no time to form a crystalline structure. And in the solid state, silica sand Mixed with an alkaline substance such as soda ash to lower the melting point of the glass sand so it is easier to work with. Soda ash makes the mixture water soluble which is not the expected result. Add lime obtained from limestone to reverse the This effect. Glass is molten sand, combined with additives and cooled. Then in a liquid state at 2700 degrees Fahrenheit (1500 degrees Celsius) or higher, this mixture can be made decorative and functional in one of several ways thing.”