Author: Montana, Retail team
The fall months have been such a fun time at my moon! I’ve met so many kind regulars that I love seeing frequently visit the shop, especially when they share their knowledge and journey with me!
One of the best parts of working at My Moon Collective, in my opinion, is that I get to learn something new every shift I love that I work in such a positive place where everyone can share their experiences, it is truly all of our customers that contribute to the wonderful energy in the shop.
Some of the interesting things I have learned these past months include some methods for testing the authenticity of your crystals, the difference between selenite and satin spar, and the many different uses for these two crystals.
1. How to Test your Crystal’s Authenticity: A customer explained to me that if you hold a crystal up to the skin on your cheek and it stays cold it is a real crystal. However, if it warms to the temperature of your skin quickly, it is most likely glass. I did some research myself on crystalsrock.com.au and discovered this is a common trick to tell the authenticity of quartz crystals as most counterfeit quartz are made from glass materials.
In my research, I also discovered a good way to tell if your crystal has been dyed. You can do this by examining any cracks or crevices on the stone, if there is a build up of colour in these spots it is most likely dyed!
2. The Difference Between Selenite and Satin Spar: It was explained to me earlier in the fall that the crystal Satin Spar is commonly mistaken for Selenite. I did some deeper research on moonsoulmagic.com and discovered that both Selenite and Satin Spar are in the same crystal family of gypsum and are composed of the same mineral, however they crystallize in different ways. So Satin Spar forms into a more silky opaque crystal where as selenite forms as a translucent crystal that looks similar to clear quartz. Both of these crystals have the same healing properties, so if you have a crystal you thought was Selenite that is actually Satin Spar, don’t worry, it will do the same thing for you!
3. Different Uses for Selenite and Satin Spar: Selenite and Satin Spar have a variety of healing properties but most commonly they are known as a stone of purification that helps move negative energy blocks and keep energy flowing properly. This is why it is great to use to cleanse and charge your crystals. Earlier this fall we had a customer come in and tell us about how they use selenite to cleanse their food as well as her stones! When I did some research about this I couldn’t find anything that specifically claims putting your food directly on Selenite or Satin Spar is safe. Here at My Moon we recommend that if you want to try this you only place food indirectly on your crystals, meaning leave it in the package or put a layer of something between the food and the crystal to ensure you are not ingesting any small fragments. Selenite and especially Satin Spar are incredibly brittle and break easily.
Another way to try this is by using a Selenite/Satin Spar slab to charge your water. We actually like to use a rose Quartz slab from the shop to charge our water. Like we always say here, stick with whatever method and crystals feels right for you! There is no wrong way to use your crystals.
* Please Note - that when using Crystals to cleanse water and food we ask you please do further research to ensure the practice is safe.