Are Opals bad luck? Do some crystals grow bigger in water? Are all crystals with fruit names all fake? What is the truth behind these stories and should you pay any attention to them?
I have heard many different stories over the years and have had quite a few emails from people about these subjects. There are quite a few long standing and modern myths about crystals. This is just my opinion, and it may be different to what others say. You are free to believe what you like.
1: Amethysts Grow if you Keep Them in Water?
I did once receive an Opal specimen in a jar of water, when I took it out it gradually dried out and shrunk in size. Amethysts and Quartz do not do this though. I think this idea may have come from how some crystal caves are submerged in water. Though it is not drinking water. Crystals need a very specific environment, minerals and intense heat to form and grow. This will not happen in a fish bowl filled with spring water on your coffee table!
2: Opals are Bad Luck (Unless You’re Born in October)?
I was born in October, but please hear me out! I have heard this idea may have originated in the Middle Ages where thieves would carry opals in the belief that it would make them invisible. Or was it that Opal Mines in Australia were notoriously dangerous places for miners? Whatever the reason it appears to have been a modern myth. Ancient people saw Opals as magical and lucky. The truth is there is no negative energy in Opals, unless you put it there.
3: Crystals with Fruit Names are Fake?
This is a more recent idea. It may have been based on certain man made or enhanced crystals but it too general a rule in my opinion. Quartz Crystals with Iron oxide deposits on the outside are sometimes called Tangerine Quartz because of their orange colour. Lemon Chrysoprase (aka Citron Chysoprase) and Lemon Jade are names for natural stones that are yellow. These are just names to describe shades of colour, they do not really reveal anything else.
4: Crystals are Witchcraft?
This is really sad to hear. Crystals have been used by every culture, religion and tradition, including Pagans AND Christians. The modern day use of Crystals or Crystal Healing is not witchcraft, under any definition. People use crystals in their own way. Crystals do not belong to any one group or religion. If you encounter this kind of judgement please get familiar with the many always positive mentions of crystals in the bible. This book has all the reference and quotes in: Gemstones in Myth, Legend and Lore
5: Crystals Need to be Kept in a Red Bag?
People have their own ways for working with crystals, based on their own beliefs, experiences and ways they were taught. Although I respect that there are traditions with crystals I do not follow this myself. You could choose bags by the meaning of the colours if you want but I do not believe we all need to use red because someone said so in a book or on Youtube. Please think for yourself!
Now that feels better! Have you heard of any similar beliefs or myths about crystals? I would love to hear from you in the comments below (Please keep any questions you have on topic if you want a response).
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