Crystal structure – What is a Crystal and how it forms ?

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 ?

How crystal are formA 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.crystallization

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.
Next time you gonna look up when it’s snowing, remember that you see crystals falling from the sky.

 

 

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.Where to find crystals

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 !crystals

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 ! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Comments

  1. Michelle

    Wonderful introduction to the world of crystals, George. I am intrigued. You made it simple and easy to ingest.Thank you. I love crystals too and I wear them occasionally. I also have my favorites – who doesn’t. I look forward to reading more. All the best.
    Michelle

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    1. George (Post author)

      Hey Michelle,

      Thank you for your wonderful words. I’m really happy that you like crystals. All my future post you will find very simple and easy to ingest, and i’m sure you will like it.

      Till next time 🙂
      Best wishes !

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  2. Bhavik Mistry

    Really interesting article. I’ll be sure to mention to my wife!

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    1. George (Post author)

      Hey Bhavik,

      Thank you for taking the time to read it.

      Till next time 🙂
      Best wishes !

      Reply
  3. Bhavik Mistry

    Great content. I’ll be sure to mention to my wife!

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    1. George (Post author)

      Thank you !

      Till next time 🙂
      Best wishes !

      Reply
  4. Melinda

    Thanks. I had never known how a crystal forms. I didn’t know that it can be formed from water evaporation.

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    1. George (Post author)

      Hey Melinda,

      I’m really happy that I could share this information with you. Many more to come…

      Till next time 🙂
      Best wishes !

      Reply
  5. Nikola Petkovic

    Hello George! I’m delighted with this post. I’m in the coal mine and I have no chance to meet crystals, nor have I ever seen them. But I’ve learned something about them here and thank you for that.

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    1. George (Post author)

      Hey Nikola,

      Thank for taking the time to read the post. You have a very interesting job. Maybe on day you will also start to mine crystals and gemstones. If you do, let me know…

      Till next time 🙂
      Best wishes !

      Reply
  6. Alyona

    Very interesting article! I actually have a crystal pretty big, it was my uncle’s gift. But I didnt know anything about it. Thank you so much for your post, now I know how crystals forms.

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  7. George (Post author)

    Hey Alyona,

    Thank you, and i’m really happy that you read the post. Now I’m sure you understand your crystal a lot better, because it’s important.

    Till next time 🙂
    Best wishes !

    Reply

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