You are absolutely right - the cherry quartz many vendors were
selling at Tucson was glass. Thanks to a post on Orchid, I figured
this out and quickly moved the beads I bought to the "crystal"
category on my web site. I have no intention of continuing the
deceit, now that I know I was misled. This is not the first time
I’ve been sold fake stone, but I’ve gotten better at identifying it
thanks to this group.
I do have a question, however, about glass vs. crystal. Is there a
big difference? I had the impression that crystal has a higher lead
content than ordinary glass. So, am I continuing to mislead others
by putting those manmade “cherry quartz” beads in the crystal
category? Should they really be in the “glass” category?
They are quite pretty beads, but if people think they are getting a
natural stone when they are not, it’s not fair to call it “cherry
quartz.” (The vendor insisted that these beads were quartz, when I
called them crystal.) Frankly, I suspect it may be a language
problem as much as intentional deceit, as this vendor was a
foreigner. However, they were also selling very large (over 1 foot
tall) crystal shaped pieces of the material that looked quite like a
natural crystal, so maybe they thought it was real stone too.
In any case, I want to be as accurate as possible in my description
Sun Country Gems