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Crystal Identification

Found yourself wondering 'what crystal is this?' or looking for help with crystal identification of a piece that came in one of our orders? Every Contempo Crystals order comes with crystal gift stones. If you are curious which crystals you received, take a look at the crystal chart below.  You can tap the 'learn more about' link on some crystals for an in-depth description and photos to help further with your crystal identification! You'll also find some additional helpful crystal identifier tips at the bottom of the page!

Please use your best guess in which crystal you receive as an freebie. Thank you again!
While you don't get to select your free crystals, it is said a crystal will select you when you need it!

Crystal Identification Chart

SERPENTINE
SERPENTINE

Opaque vibrant to deep green. Black/gray lining or spots. Occasional pyrite. Learn more about Green Serpentine >

GREEN CALCITE

Overall green color with hints of brown, black or white. Has a slight 'shine' finish to it. Learn more about Green Calcite >

GREEN CALCITE
CHEVRON AMETHYST
CHEVRON AMETHYST

Purple and white coloring happening in a 'chevron' or stripe pattern. Usually a 'wand' shape. Learn more about Chevron Amethyst >

BLACK OBSIDIAN

Black 'glass-like' appearance. As this is glass created by volcanos. Learn more about Black Obsidian >

BLACK OBSIDIAN
ROSE QUARTZ
ROSE QUARTZ

Even overall pink color. Ranges from baby pink to a more saturated color. Learn more about Rose Quartz >

WHITE HOWLITE

Chalky white coloring with lines of gray. Very opaque in coloring. Learn more about Howlite >

WHITE HOWLITE
ORANGE CALCITE
ORANGE CALCITE

Light orange yellow coloring. Opaque soft stone with hints of white. Learn more about Calcite >

SELENITE

Incredibly soft white stone. There is obvious lining in to formation. Learn more about Selenite >

SELENITE
GREEN FUCHSITE
GREEN FUCHSITE

Overall green color. Soft mica stone with a subtle shimmer.

SMOKY QUARTZ

Even and overall light tan to deep brown color. Mostly clear. Learn more about Smoky Quartz >

SMOKY QUARTZ
GREEN AVENTURINE
GREEN AVENTURINE

Even opaque green matte color with a subtle 'white' speckle. Learn more about Green Aventurine >

QUARTZ

Clear to milky white color. Hard shiny surface. Learn more about Clear & White Quartz >

QUARTZ
AMETHYST
AMETHYST

Overall translucent purple coloring with hints of opaque quartz. Learn more about Amethyst >

WEB JASPER

Very matte soft stone with lining in gray hues from almost white to black.

WEB JASPER
TIGER EYE
TIGER EYE

Shades of brown and orange. Some sections may 'shine' like cat eyes. Learn more about Tiger Eye >

PINK RHODONITE

Pink, Black & Gray opaque coloring with hints of tan and white. Learn more about Rhodonite >

PINK RHODONITE
WHITE ONYX
WHITE ONYX

Looks opaque evenly white in color. No transparency at all. Also called white jasper.

TREE AGATE

Mostly opaque white in color with green lining throughout. May have quartz.

TREE AGATE
Black Tourmaline
Black Tourmaline

Jet black in color, very soft and can be flaky. Often has lines or 'rods'. Learn more about Tourmaline >

NATURAL CITRINE

Mostly tan in color with hints of yellow from iron. Can be 'smoky'. Hard polished with clarity. Learn more about Citrine >

NATURAL CITRINE
BLUE APATITE
BLUE APATITE

Vibrant to deep blue. Some white & orange spots. Slight clarity.

MOOKAITE

A soft matte jasper with mostly red, white, yellow color. Some pink.

MOOKAITE
AMAZONITE
AMAZONITE

Blue, White & Gray Opaque coloring. Hints of Smoky Quartz & Lepidolite. Learn more about Amazonite >

DARK RHODONITE

Black Manganese and quartz mix with pink rhodonite. Learn more about Rhodonite >

DARK RHODONITE
LABRADORITE
LABRADORITE

Overall even gray coloring. May have spots of colorful 'flash' at angles. Learn more about Labradorite >

SODALITE

Blue, White and/or Black with a matte finish. Opaque throughout. Learn more about Sodalite >

SODALITE
ORANGE JASPER
ORANGE JASPER

Overall orange color with slight yellow. Slight speckled appearance.

GOLD PYRITE

Sparkling golden brown coloring. Also known as 'fools gold'. Learn more about Pyrite >

GOLD PYRITE
RED CALCITE
RED CALCITE

Orange almost red color with white. Has a shine coating on it. Learn more about Calcite >

TUMBLED SERPENTINE

A bright yellow green mixed with gray. Opaque and tumbled. Learn more about Serpentine >

TUMBLED SERPENTINE
GREEN SERPENTINE
GREEN SERPENTINE

Nearly solid color of green/yellow with a matte finish. May have black spots and/or pyrite! Learn more about Green Serpentine >

OCEAN JASPER

Opaque in color but with a slight shine. Deep greens and yellows. Learn more about Ocean Jasper >

OCEAN JASPER
SMALL TUMBLES
SMALL TUMBLES

There are TONS in this mix. Please use the rest of this guide to make your best guess.

LILAC LEPIDOLITE

Soft flaky raw crystal with an overall light lavender/purple color. Has an overall shimmer. Learn more about Lepidolite >

LILAC LEPIDOLITE
YELLOW QUARTZ
YELLOW QUARTZ

An even yellow opaque stone. May have dark spots on some sides.

BLUE CALCITE

A slightly cubic formation in a light blue, sometimes grayish color. Overall shine finish. Learn more about Calcite >

BLUE CALCITE
RAINBOW MOONSTONE
RAINBOW MOONSTONE

White with black or tan spots. May also have flash spots of blue. Learn more about Moonstone >

RUTILATED QUARTZ

Clear to smoky quartz with tan, gold or brown rutile lines that shine. Learn more about Rutilated Quartz >

RUTILATED QUARTZ
INDIGO GABBRO
INDIGO GABBRO

Opaque coloring of black, gray & purple. May have a silver flash.

FANCY JASPER

Matte opaque stone that is mostly gray with other colors mixed in.

FANCY JASPER
MORGANITE
MORGANITE

An even deep pinkish red color with some clarity. Feels like a quartz.

ORANGE AVENTURINE

Overall orange coloring. Fairly even. Opaque but with some clarity.

ORANGE AVENTURINE
DENDRITIC OPAL
DENDRITIC OPAL

Mostly white or light gray with black lines (like lightning) all over.

HEMATOID QUARTZ

Clear quartz with pink to orange from hematite mixed in.

HEMATOID QUARTZ
WHITE ONYX
WHITE ONYX

Overall even white opaque coloring. May have a very subtle shimmer. Learn more about Onyx >

BLUE QUARTZ

Light blue gray color that is mostly opaque, but has some clarity.

BLUE QUARTZ
POLYCHROME JASPER
POLYCHROME JASPER

Opaque coloring of brown, teal, pink, yellow and more. Learn more about Polychrome Jasper >

Green Galaxy Stone

A matte green and black mixed gabbro stone with a slight shimmer.

Green Galaxy Stone
SUNSTONE
SUNSTONE

Orange and white spotted stone. Opaque with a bit of shine to the orange spots.

White & Gray Apophyllite

White or gray coloring with a raw cluster formation. Some sparkles. Learn more about Apophyllite >

White & Gray Apophyllite
RAINBOW FLUORITE
RAINBOW FLUORITE

Green to purple coloring. Somewhere between clear and opque. Learn more about Fluorite >

UNAKITE JASPER

Green and orange spotted coloring. An opaque matte stone.

UNAKITE JASPER
LEPIDOLITE
LEPIDOLITE

Light to deep purple in overall color. Has mica flake shimmer. Learn more about Lepidolite >

NEPHRITE JADE

Light to dark green in color. More of an olive tone than aventurine has.

NEPHRITE JADE
LEPIDOLITE MICA SLICE
LEPIDOLITE MICA SLICE

Light purple color with a shine due to it being a Mica. Thin and brittle layers. Learn about Lepdiolite >

KYANITE

Comes in both blue and black. I raw and rough crystal with 'blades' or almost shards like growth.

KYANITE
Peach Stillbite
Peach Stillbite

A light peach to orange coloring with a cluster formaiton.

Pink Thulite

Pink to Red in color which hints of white and gray. A rare, naturally vibrant stone from Norway.

Pink Thulite

Crystals Healing Chart

Identifying crystals and rocks can be quite a puzzle, and the variations within each mineral family can be astonishing. It's almost like they have a secret language of their own, with different dialects spoken by crystals from different locations, inclusions giving them unique personalities, and the part of the stone they originate from, known as their matrix, adding another layer of complexity. The world of crystals is a kaleidoscope of colors, shapes, and sizes, and each variation tells a story of its formation and journey through the Earth's crust.

When setting out on the quest to identify crystals, you're essentially becoming a crystal detective, relying on your sharp observational skills. You start by examining the basics: color, shape, and size. However, even these seemingly straightforward characteristics can lead you on a wild goose chase, as crystals can be chameleonic, showing different colors depending on their impurities or environmental factors.

To crack the crystal code, you'll delve deeper into their secrets by looking at their texture and surface features. It's akin to examining the texture of a fingerprint, where each ridge and groove tells a unique story. Yet, the crystal world's intricacies don't end there. Sometimes, to definitively solve the mystery, you may need to resort to more advanced testing methods, such as hardness tests or specific gravity tests, to confirm their true identity. So, identifying crystals is not just a science; it's an art, a puzzle, and an adventure all rolled into one.

Stone Identification

But you can also take a look around the website and see even more examples of crystals and what they look like. For example, you could head to the 'amethyst crystals' and get a look at tons of different amethyst varieties because each product listed is going to be unique! Or perhaps looking at crystals by color, or by the stone type might help you with your identification.

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Visit our quick Crystals & Their Meanings page for more helpful information on crystal meanings or tap into any of the crystals above! Even more crystal 'about' info on the collection pages mentioned above as well.

Hope this page helps a little with your crystal identification! There are also some great crystal book options that might be able to help you out. I've listed out some of my favorite books on that link and give a little description on why.

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