Enhanced Crystals What Are They?
There are a range of enhanced crystals available today. Enhanced crystals include those that are laboratory grown and certain natural crystals that have been treated with various minerals to change their appearance.
Feelings are mixed as to whether enhancing crystals is beneficial or not. Laboratory grown crystals are “natural” in their growth formation but have been given a helping hand, and will possess their own unique energies. The same is true for those natural crystals that have had metals and other minerals bonded to their surface, such as the various Aura Quartz.
Other enhanced crystals include those that have been heat treated to change the colour of the original crystal, irradiated to deepen the colours or have had coloured dyes added to either increase their intensity and visual appeal or to create brightly coloured stones.
Whatever you may personally feel about the subject, many enhanced crystals will have specific individual energetic vibrations and thus have a part to play in energetic, vibrational healing. Brightly coloured enhanced crystals and gemstones such as Agate and Howlite will have a part to play in colour therapy whilst retaining the energy of the original crystal.
Below are a number of enhanced crystals that are available today, listed in alphabetical order according to their popular names.
A-Z of Enhanced Crystals
Agate – Brightly coloured types using dyes
Aqua Aura Quartz – Clear Quartz that has been treated with vaporised Gold
Aqua Lemuria – Blue/Green glassy amorphous material similar in composition to Obsidians and Tektites from a mountainous region in Sumatra, possibly enhanced by the ancient Lemurian race of man
Bismuth – Laboratory grown
Boussingaultite – Laboratory grown crystals using the exact chemical composition as found in nature
Chalcanthite – Often laboratory grown
Citrine (common) – Heat treated Amethyst
Crackle Quartz – Clear Quartz that has been subjected to extremely high temperatures causing cracks to appear within the crystalline matrix which can then take up brightly coloured dyes
Dalmatian Stone – Is often found in brightly coloured dyed forms
Gaia Stone – Rich Emerald Green glassy amorphous material formed from the volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount St Helens that occurred in 1980
Okenite – Is often found in brightly coloured dyed forms
Obsidian Blue – Blue glass, natural blue Obsidian is rare. Other coloured glass often described as Obsidian
Pink Lazurine – Magenta pink coloured laboratory grown Quartz
Prasiolite – Often heat treated or irradiated Amethyst, although does occur naturally
Siberian Quartz – Laboratory grown Quartz. The various coloured varieties include Siberian Blue, Siberian Purple, Siberian Green Quartz and Siberian Gold, the colours being obtained by the addition of various minerals to the growth medium.
Smokey Quartz – Often irradiated to produce an extremely dark coloured crystal
Topaz – Brightly coloured are often irradiated.
Titanium Aura Danburite - Danburite that has been treated with vaporised Titanium and trace minerals
Tschermigite – Deep Purple coloured laboratory grown crystal, using the exact chemical composition as found in nature
Turquenite – Howlite or Magnetite dyed a Turquoise Blue colour
Zincite – Mostly the by-product of Zinc smelting