First off, what are raw crystals?
Raw crystals, also known as rough crystals, have not been polished or treated. Their surface is typically coarse and uneven, as if chipped off of another rock, or dug up from the ground or a riverbed.
It’s important to note, most crystals on the market today have been broken down from larger specimens that are too bulky to carry or wear. They’ve also been cleaned of debris, thus implying that even “raw” crystals are not entirely in their original state.
What are polished crystals?
Polished crystals begin in their raw form, but, with human intervention, are tumbled, cut, or sanded into smooth, glossy specimens. In some cases, such as Moonstone and Fluorite, the true beauty of the stone is only fully exposed through polishing. Without it, it’s tougher to discern their rich coloring. Moreover, certain raw crystals are too sharp to wear or even toxic against the skin. By polishing them, their surfaces are stabilized, making them safe to handle and wear.
What’s the energy difference? Does the energy change when a stone’s polished?
Crystal enthusiasts are divided when it comes to whether cutting and polishing a crystal alters its energy. Although the gem's crystalline structure may stay the same, some believe that its energy is altered or diminished. Others disagree. Regardless, one's bond with a particular crystal depends on their intuition and their intentions for it.
Raw Crystal Energy
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Some crystal enthusiasts believe raw crystals have a more pure and powerful energy since they’re closest to their untouched natural state. Many often feel a higher vibration and are more connected to nature when wearing them.
If you're captivated by raw crystals, chances are you have a passion for nature and the great outdoors. You stay firmly connected to the earth, even when chaos swirls around you.
Polished Crystal Energy
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Many often feel that polished crystals emit a soft, subtle energy compared to that of raw gems, since they have been “smoothed out”.
If drawn to such crystals, it may signify a belief in the thought that the good things in life come with patience and effort. You're devoted to becoming the best version of yourself and appreciating loveliness and the finer elements of the world.
So, which are you drawn to?
In the end, preference, intentions, and cost will determine which crystal is the best fit. There’s really no right or wrong crystal type, and most gem lovers hoard a little (or a lot) of both.
Always choose the one that speaks to you!