Are you new to the world of crystals? If you are, welcome.
It can seem like quite a complicated world when you first dip your toes into the water, but just like anything in life, you’ll eventually get the hang of things.
One of the most common questions for a beginner is: “Are crystals supposed to be cold or warm?“. After all, it would be an easy way to stop a fake crystal.
Buying your first crystal is the first step, and with so many fakes out there, it’s hard to know where to get started.
Thankfully, I’m going to share all the secrets of crystals, including how to spot the fakes, and how they’re meant to feel in your hand.
Are Crystals Supposed to Be Cold?
Yes, crystals are supposed to be cold. Most of them are, anyway.
Most healing crystals are cold when you first pick them up. Even on a warm day, they’ll still feel cold to the touch. (Colder than the rest of the room, anyway.)
After a while, the crystal in your hand will warm up from your body temperature, but it won’t take long before it cools right down again.
Fake crystals are often warmer than crystals and will retain the heat from your hand for longer, but that isn’t always the case.
There are other signs to be on the lookout for, too.
Are Crystals Supposed to Be Warm?
Most crystals are not supposed to be warm.
Obviously, if it’s been in direct sunlight all afternoon, it’s likely to be a bit warm. But at room temperature on a regular not-too-hot or not-too-cold day, the crystal or stone should feel cool in your hand.
If your crystal is warm or hot, it could mean several things, such as:
- Crystal needs cleansing and is ‘full’ of negative energies;
- Crystal is fake;
- You have been holding the crystal and it has absorbed your body heat;
- Crystal is new and needs first-time cleansing;
- You’re using the wrong crystal for your intentions.
Have you been using your crystal? It could very easily be the case that it needs cleansing because it has done the job.
Ideally, you will do this once every two to four weeks, or more often with regular and prolonged use.
You can also tell when a crystal needs to be cleansed because it will feel heavier than usual, more uncomfortable in your hand, or will just feel different in a way you can’t explain.
You may also sense the need to cleanse. If it pops into your head randomly while you’re doing something else, add ‘crystal cleansing’ to your to-do list.
Are Crystals Supposed to Be Cold or Warm?
Crystals are meant to be cold, although there are a few exceptions to the rule. (As always, right?)
When they’re ‘in-use’, they can get warm and even hot from the vibrational energies.
In a sense, you can use the warmth as a sign that the crystal is working and doing the things you want it to do.
Crystals and stones will also get warm from absorbing body heat, such as in your hand, worn as jewelry, or kept in your pocket.
If they’re in direct sunlight, such as on the windowsill on a bright and sunny day, it’s also likely that they’ll warm up a little.
Find out if you can put Amethyst in the sun.
My Crystal is Always Cold! Could it Be Fake?
No, a cold crystal doesn’t mean a fake crystal!
Fake crystals are more likely to be warm than cold, and there are also a few other telltale signs, too.
Healing crystals and stones that are very brightly colored can be fake.
Although bright, colorful specimens are relatively common, lots of them for sale in-store or online are sometimes a sign of synthetic crystals. The following are also suspicious:
- Completely clear crystals (real crystals usually have tiny cracks or flaws);
- Cheap price tag;
- Consistent, symmetrical patterns or blemishes (nature is rarely symmetrical);
- Air bubbles within the crystal;
- Crystal feels light (real crystals and stones are heavier than synthetic/fake ones).
Do Real Crystals Melt Ice?
The ice-melting test is not an accurate test to determine whether your crystals are genuine.
Some crystals have what is known as “high thermal transfer”, such as amethyst, larimar, and other quartz-based types.
Others are not believed to have the same high level of heat transfer, which means they won’t melt ice any quicker than room temperature would. Selenite is one example.
You are unlikely to encounter fake and synthetic crystals if you buy from a reliable, reputable store. Look at the reviews first.
What have other people said? If the reviews and mostly positive, with negative reviews mentioning fakes, you are likely to have a positive outcome yourself.
If you’re in a shop and aren’t sure whether the crystal in your hand is real, make note of how it physically feels in your hand? Is it getting warm quickly? Did it feel warm to begin with? Does it feel lighter than what you’d expect from a genuine crystal of that size?
As always, if in doubt, don’t part with your cash. There are plenty of other stores with genuine crystals for you to invest in.