The difference between Gemstones and Crystals

The difference between Gemstones and Crystals

A Gemstone can be a Crystal but a Crystal can’t always be a Gem!

A gemstone is a piece of mineral that can be cut and polished and then used as jewelry or other ornaments. These are rare minerals found on earth, each with different compositions.  A Crystal is a material whose atoms, molecules, and ions are arranged in a microscopic geometrical structure. It forms a crystal lattice and extends in three spatial dimensions. Gemstones are known as precious gemstones too. Diamond, Sapphire, Ruby, etc. are counted as precious gemstones.

Different gems have different properties and different crystals have different ones. Different gemstones have several chemical compositions and some crystalline structures. Whereas the molecules of different crystals have their geometrical shapes like hexagonal, cubic, tetragonal, etc. Both have their gravity, hardness, and shapes.

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Gemstones are the compounds that have mineral bases. People have to find them carefully into the earth. It can be organic-based too. Ruby, Diamond, Sapphire are the gemstones that are mineral-based whereas Amber is the gemstone that is organic-based. All of these are precious gemstones. Sometimes the valuable gemstones are the healing gemstones too.

Comparatively the gemstones are more expensive than the crystals. If we compare the hardness, refractive index, gravity, durability, the crystals are different from the gemstones.

When we compare both of them according to the color they have. The gemstones normally have some solid colors that can be recognized easily or properly. But crystals can transmit light through them. So most of the time, the colors depend on the reflection. Some crystals display more than one color too.

The gemstones are mainly used to mend pieces of jewelry like rings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. And it is also believed that gemstones have several powers to control people’s life. It is believed that some particular gemstones can control anger issues, anxiety, stress, and tension if worn properly and with proper guidance.

Apart from jewelry crystals are also used for making a vase, showpieces, dishes, and many more. Crystals are also known for having healing powers. And it also has some proper ways to use it for better and fast results.

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The most popular gemstones include Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire, Jasper, Lapis lazuli, etc. And the well-known crystals include Amethyst, Quartz, Diamond, Tourmaline, Salt, Snow, etc.

Gemstones and Crystals both are valuable and precious in their characteristics and abilities.

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