I like the word rock. I was hoping to sell rocks at my shop and call them rocks, but I have noticed kids like the word crystal. So when I have a booth at the Farmers Market I often label my tumbled rocks and other stones “rock crystals”. Then kids can relate due to the video games and movies with magical crystals. Today I found my answer to the difference between the two. I found it while I was doing my homework for Crystal Resonance with Samaya Aster.
Crystal and Rocks are Minerals!
Minerals are chemical elements that form a compound that is consistent throughout its structure. For example, when one atom of silicon (Si) and two atoms of oxygen (O) combine, they create the compound (SiO2). When six molecules of SiO2 arrange themselves together, they create a base unit of quartz. Quartz is a mineral, because it contains a compound that is pure and consistent throughout its structure. Energetically, minerals are very precise in the frequencies with which they can resonate due to the purity of their content. Both crystals and rocks are made up of minerals.
Crystals grow in a precise fashion and are geometric.
A crystal is a mineral that has grown under the perfect conditions to allow it to take on a precise geometric form that is determined by the minerals it contains. A crystalline form has a precise geometry of angles and planes that allow its overall form to reflect its unique mineral content. When base units of quartz arrange themselves in an offset screw formation, they will create a single terminated clear quartz crystal. When base units of calcium and carbon (CaCo3) arrange themselves into a crystalline form, they will create calcite crystals.
Crystals are homogenous, meaning that they have a regular grouping pattern throughout and atoms are arranged in the same manner throughout. This makes crystals holographic in nature, with each tiny grouping or base unit within being a replica of the overall form of the crystal.
There are fourteen possible arrangements of minerals into crystals, called the Bravais lattices. Energetically, crystals are precise in the frequencies they can resonate with, and they are directional in that they run energy through their structures in precise ways.
Rocks are combinations of two or more minerals that may or may not express themselves as crystals. For instance Granite is a rock that is composed of the minerals quartz, feldspar, plagioclase and biotite mica. It may also contain crystals of other minerals such as magnetite, pyrite, tourmaline, etc., depending upon where it is from and the conditions it formed under.
Rocks are much less precise in their energies because they contain many different minerals which may or may not be crystalline. Rocks are more broad spectrum in the energies with which they can resonate. They are non-directional because they do not have a precise crystalline structure.
To see my rock & crystal collection in Idaho visit my upcoming store in downtown Eagle. Our opening day is February 1, 2020. Wild Gemstones Web Site