Customers come to Annielka searching for crystal jewellery, but what is unclear is if they are searching for rock crystals or manmade crystals. The dictionary defines crystals as naturally occurring (organic) but there are so many different types of manmade crystals which are also referred to as ‘crystal’. This is where the confusion starts. Let’s just say that the word is broadly used for both. What matters is understanding the differences and ensuring your expectations are met when buying crystal jewellery online.
Rock crystals form naturally (organic) deep in the earth’s crust. Rock crystals have to be mined before being cut and polished. They are classified into two groups – ‘precious’ and ‘semi-precious’.
‘Precious’ rock crystals are usually called ‘gemstones’ and include – diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds. They are mainly used in fine jewellery designs and command high prices due to their extraordinary colour, rarity, fire and sparkle.
‘Semi-precious’ rock crystals are more abundant and do not have fire or sparkle. Semi-precious crystals are of less commercial value than precious crystals. Some examples are clear quartz, amethyst, rose quartz, garnet and aquamarine.
An interesting fact: Amethyst used to be on the precious list until it was reclassified as semi-precious in the nineteenth century after large deposits were found in Brazil and Uruguay.
Manmade crystals are called ‘rhinestone crystals’ or ‘diamantés’. Rhinestone crystals are synthetic and created in laboratories. Although they are not organic, they are still referred as ‘crystals, which is technically incorrect.
Here is a breakdown of the three most popular manmade crystals used in jewellery designs that meet our quality standards. It’s good to understand what these man made crystalsactually are so that when you come across them, you know what you are buying and you know what quality you can expect when those earrings or that necklace arrives at your doorstep.