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Ashley Leavy's Crystal Caution List (Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy)
This is the Crystal Caution List compiled by Ashley Leavy of the Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy. This is not a complete list and Ashley advises to also check the Mindat website. If you are unsure if a crystal is safe, do not use it.View Crystal Caution List
Mohs Scale of Hardness
Mohs’ hardness is a term meaning ‘scratch hardness’ which was introduced by German mineralogist Friedrich Mohs in 1812. Mohs created a system whereby minerals were tested to their hardness with a pointed object, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the hardest. Crystals and minerals with a high number on the Mohs scale will be able to scratch those with a lower number. Crystals that have the same number won’t scratch each other.View Mohs' Scale
Sending & Receiving Hand
You may be thinking what is a sending and receiving hand, plus what does this have to do with crystals and stones?
In short, your receiving hand draws the energy of a crystal inwards (towards you), whilst your sending hand sends the crystals’ energy outwards (towards someone / something else).
If you feel a tingling sensation when holding crystals in your receiving hand, this is a good indication that the energy of the crystal resonates with you.
So ... which is which? If you are right handed then your receiving hand is your left hand and your sending hand (the hand which you use for writing) is your right hand. For lefties, your receiving hand is your right hand and your sending hand is your left.
Spotting Fake Crystals
We're pretty sure buying fake crystals is not on your to-do list! Here are our tips to avoid fake crystals and stones:
Look out for unnatural colours or a build up of colour in the crystal's cracks and crevices - this can be a sign it's dyed. Be wary of patterns that are identical or perfectly symmetrical - they may be plastic or resin.
Howlite's natural colour is white. There is no such thing as green, purple, blue or yellow Howlite - they have been dyed. Oh and Turquenite is not a form of Turquoise, its Howlite that has been dyed to resemble Turquoise. Likewise with Obsidian, natural Obsidian does not form in bright blues, pinks or greens - these variations are manmade glass and not from a volcano.
Lastly, don't be fooled by crystals and stones that have fancy names such as Smelt Quartz! This is glass that has been melted down and had vibrant colours added to it.