Dear reader, I’m sure you heard about crystals, and I’m sure you interacted with one, but do you really know what is a crystal or how it forms?
Now I’m gonna take you through a journey in the crystal world, where you gonna find out about crystal structure and his journey from the center of the world, until the moment that you can hold it in your hand
Along the journey, I will tell you what is a crystal, how crystals are born, where you can find a crystal and how it is to hold a crystal in your hand for the first time. This it’s gonna be a very interesting story, that it’s gonna take you thru all crystal structure phases and geological process.
So, fasten your seat belt, because you are going to embark on a Crystal journey.
What is a crystal ?
I know when you think about crystals, you are thinking about jewelry and it’s perfectly fine. The reality’s much more complex than this, and this makes it even more interesting right?. So what is a crystal ?
A crystal is a solid, that its molecules are arranged in an ”highly ordered” and symmetrical pattern, that is repeated over the entire crystal structure. These patterns are called crystals systems. There are 7 types of crystals systems: isometric, tetragonal, orthorhombic, monoclinic, triclinic, hexagonal and trigonal.
Basically if a specific mineral has his molecules in one of this geometrical shapes, it’s a crystal.
Did you know that we eat crystals also ? Salt, sugar and baking soda are all crystals. I’m sure that you didn’t even think about this when you put your sugar in your morning coffee, or when you put salt on your chips … or maybe you already know about it. In any case, I’m really glad that you are here and reading this story. This, by the way, it’s just the beginning.
How crystals form ?
First I want to tell you, that crystal formation it’s very slow, the geological process that it’s forming a crystal requires a lot of time. The process for the crystal to take shape, it’s called crystallization (surten molecules in a liquid gather together in an attempt to remain stable, and once that happens, they become solid and the crystal starts to be formed). Another important aspect is that the crystal requires also a lot of room to grow.
I think you would like to know that are 3 crystal formation, and I’m gonna give you a short explanation about each one:
- molten rock ( magma ) – imagine, if you go deep inside the earth and see when the magma cools down in a cavity, and the crystallization process begins.
- water evaporation – imagine, if you explore the oceans and see the water when starts to evaporate, leaving behind the salt crystals
- condensation – imagine, if you fly and stay inside a cloud, you will see the condensation process that creates snowflakes.
Where can crystals be found?
I’m sure until now you got the idea about the crystals, and now it’s time to find them. Very exciting !!! First I want to let you know that crystals are found in the different location within the Earth.
If you want to start this adventure of finding crystals, I want to assure you that you have plenty of choices. First on my list will be the designated sites for finding crystals and gemstones, or hydrothermal springs, or areas known for volcanic activity, or abandoned quarries or even on the beach and of course dedicated stores.
One very important aspect it’s your safety. If you decide to explore the ground, please make sure you have you’re safety equipment. In case you decide to mine for crystals, I want to tell you that the largest crystals in the world, were found in Cave of the Crystals in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico. This cave its 300m (980ft) deep, and the tallest crystal measured there have 11m (36ft) high, and it’s weighing approximately 55 tonnes. If you want to visit the cave bear in mind that no human can spend more than a couple of minutes inside because the temperature it’s very high.
Now you know some basic ideas, of where crystals can be found and if you want, you can go exploring.
Hold your first crystal !
As you read above, you already touch, see, and feel crystals in many shapes and forms, because we are surrounded by them. The best way to understand the crystals it’s to buy one or even better to find one. In my opinion, if you wear crystal as a jewelry or even as a crystal stone in your pocket it’s an amazing thing because just by having only one crystal, you, in fact, have a billion years old stone in your hand, and this for me personally it’s very exciting.
I personally recommend to each and every one of you to have a crystal, not only because it’s cool (nothing wrong with that), but because you have a piece of history with you that is helping you in many aspects of your life, from therapeutic properties to healing properties that can help in your daily life. I’m not gonna talk too much about this subject now.
Now you know !
Now you know what it’s a crystal, also you know how the crystal it’s starting to be alive, how it forms, and where to find them. Maybe at some point, you gonna go find your own crystals, just to get the extraordinary chance to mine a crystal, and hold it for the first time, knowing that you touch a stone from the center of the Earth.
Like I said above, crystals have many other properties that I will explain in the future posts. I encourage you to explore this beautiful stones more, and find out for yourself, that the crystals world it’s very interesting and intriguing.
Till next time ! 🙂