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Crystal healing with glassGlass is not a crystal, so does crystal healing with glass work?


Like quartz, glass is composed of silicon dioxide, and both materials are clear in their purest state. The difference is in the way they form. Quartz forms very gradually, aligning its molecules one by one into a perfect crystal lattice. In contrast, glass forms when the silicon is heated and quickly cooled, either by the earth or by man. The quickly cooled molecules have no time to form a lattice, and instead solidify with no particular pattern.

So the question sometimes comes up: Since crystal healing works by aligning the perfect structure of crystals with the energy field of the human body, does glass even have metaphysical properties? What, if anything, are the various forms of glass good for?

The answer is that glass has its own kind of magic.

While it lacks crystal structure, other characteristics give the various forms of glass their own power: color, included materials, light refraction or reflectivity, shape, tradition and history. In fact, humans have used glass so long, we could think of glass as sort of the “domestic dog” of the mineral world; it’s such a part of human culture that our paths are intertwined. Tools and weapons using obsidian date back to prehistory, including some of the oldest artifacts known. Glass jewelry has long been treasured. And glass mirrors gave people the ability to look at ourselves, bringing us to reflect on our own identity.

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Glass and Quartz are polymorphs: same substance, different form.  When silicon dioxide builds up gradually over time, its trigonal lattice forms into the hexagon shape distinctive of Quartz.  But in some cases, both natural and artificial, the silicon dioxide cools much more quickly, and doesn’t have time to form this structure.  Instead, the molecules align themselves randomly.  Glass is a non-crystalline amorphous solid.

Natural forms of Glass:

Obsidian has a long record of use. Not only did its sharp points come in handy for weapons and tools, its reflectivity made it an excellent material for mirrors. In fact, a piece of polished black obsidian still makes the best and most natural black mirror for scrying (divination) and meditation. Obsidian’s properties include exposing the truth in any situation, removing negative energy, grounding and balance, finding and correcting one’s own weaknesses, and addressing power struggles. Obsidian mirrors are also ideal for a number of shamanic uses, including divination and time travel. Obsidian is mostly silicon dioxide, but also contains other minerals that turn it dark.

Some special forms of Obsidian:

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Sheen Obsidian, which may contain air bubbles (gold sheen) or magnetite (rainbow sheen).

Snowflake Obsidian forms when, over time, obsidian begins to crystalize. The “snow” in this obsidian is actually crystals of cristobalite – similar to quartz, but with its own distinctive structure.  The snowflakes are called “phenocrysts.”

Apache Tears:

A natural form of volcanic glass — mainly obsidian, often with a dusting of perlite. The name “Apache tears” comes from a combination of history and legend. In the 1870s, a band of Apache warriors was hiding from the US Cavalry in the rugged mountains of Arizona. They believed their hiding spot was too remote for anyone to find, but the soldiers managed to track them, taking them by surprise with overpowering numbers. Fifty Apache men were killed in the ambush; the rest escaped only by running their horses off a cliff and falling to their deaths.

For years afterward, people found their bones among the stones of the Pacacho Canyon. They also found the globules of dark, volcanic glass we now know as Apache tears. The legend arose that these were the tears of the Apache women, frozen into stone so their grief might never be forgotten. A later addition to this legend claims that anyone given an Apache tear as a gift will never have to cry again, because the Apache women shed enough tears to last forever, for all the people of the world. People carry them now as a reminder of the cleansing power of grief.



A type of glassy, impactite meteorite formed when a meteorite hits the earth. The heat from the impact melts terrestrial silica-bearing materials, which get spewed out into the air. There it quickly cools, forming a type of glass. This glass contains other terrestrial minerals, and sometimes even traces of extraterrestrial ones. Some tektites have special names, like the Libyan Desert Glass of the Sahara or the Darwin Glass of Tasmania.While tektites from different locations have distinctive qualities, we can generalize certain properties that are common to most: tektites work with both the root and third eye chakras, and are helpful for grounding and protection, shielding the aura, and psychic and intuitive skills. A small piece under your pillow can be a great tool for dream recall or lucid dreaming.

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Moldavite is a special, forest-green tektite. This tektite was the result of an asteroid impact almost 15 million years ago — an impact so powerful it sent molten aluminum-laced silicon dioxide flying into the air, where it quickly took form and solidified. Moldavite, which comes only from the Czech Republic has a very high frequency that causes some people to experience strong reactions. The rarest specimens are known as “angel chimes”; pieces will actually “ring” if dropped onto a sheet of glass. (You can check out a video of them here.) Moldavite is a stone of spiritual transformation, traditionally used in ritual objects. Pieces even appeared at the same site as the Venus of Willendorf. Even though it’s not a crystal, moldavite is considered one of the most high-energy, high-vibrational minerals.


A natural glass that forms in the shape of a tube when lightening strikes silicon-rich material. People have found it useful for aiding concentration and eliminating distractions. The same material, called lechatelierite, can form through human-created energy sources, such as downed electrical lines. The kind that formed during nuclear testing even has its own name: Trinitite.

Man-Made Forms of Glass:

Goldstone is also called avventurina, a name that comes from the Italian word for “by chance.” This derives from the story about goldstone’s beginnings: that it was developed by chance by alchemists trying to transform copper into gold. Another story goes that a monk working with both molten copper and glass accidentally mixed the two together, and in a classic “You-got-chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter” moment, goldstone was born. Either way, goldstone reminds us that accidents can have happy results.

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Nowadays, red goldstone is made by suspending copper particles in glass, which results in a reddish sparkling mineral It’s good for balancing physical and etheric bodies, grounding, and motivation. Blue Goldstone uses the same process, but substitutes cobalt or manganese for copper, and is good for overcoming negative thoughts and vision work. Green Goldstone, glass colored with chromium, is great for amplification of energy and all-around good luck. All forms of goldstone can help relieve arthritis, promote self-love, and replace unnecessary complications with simplicity.

Some of what is sold as hematite is actually glass mixed with iron. In fact, Magnetic Hematite isn’t really hematite at all. It looks like polished hematite, smooth with a metallic sheen, but it’s manufactured by mixing ground-up hematite and magnetite into glass, then exposing the mixture to a strong magnetic force as it cools. Pure hematite can be magnetized, but the charge will be weak and temporary. So if you bought a “hematite” ring that is magnetic, or even a non-magnetic one that doesn’t feel heavy enough, it’s probably man-made glass mixed with some form of iron. Since this material still contains iron, it will have similar protective and fire element properties, just probably not as strong. Some people also find the use of magnets and magnetic jewelry very therapeutic, especially for joint problems such as arthritis.


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Opalite is a 100% man-made material. A small amount of opacifier — often ground fluorite or titanium dioxide —  is added to molten glass, which is then cooled slowly enough that some of the Silicon dioxide crystallizes. The resulting glass is very appealing, a semi-opaque glass showing flashes of blue and orange. It’s used to clear and balance the energy centers, to connect one with the air and water elements, to transmute negativity into positive energy, for emotional balance, to instill a sense of childlike wonder, and to promote a feeling of comfort and safety. It’s sometimes also called Tiffany stone (not to be confused with the rare purple, natural Tiffany Stone).

Gaia Stone:

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Gaia Stone is just one of the names given to the gorgeous volcanic glass formed after Mt. Saint Helens’ 1980 eruption; it also goes by Green Obsidian, Helenite, Emerald (or sometimes Ruby) Obsidianite, and Mt. Saint Helens Emerald. The eruption itself produced no obsidian. But later on, when workers came to salvage equipment buried in the blast, they noticed that the heat from their acetylene torches transformed the surrounding ash to brilliant glass — sometimes green, other times bright red. The Gaia Stone we see now is colored by the same trace elements as the original: aluminum, iron, chromium, titanium and copper. Because this lucky find seemed like a gift from the Earth herself, it came to be known as Gaia Stone, after the ancient Greek Earth goddess. This connection helps us discover the stone’s heart-chakra properties of love and connection with Mother Earth.

Andara Crystals are controversial. Opinions run the gamut from “They’re the most amazing thing ever” to “They’re just slag glass someone found lying around outside an old factory.” Since the claims in favor of Andara crystals generally seem to come from people trying to sell them, most well-informed crystal collectors are skeptical.

Glass that is Just Glass:

Mirrors are glass with a metallic coating bonded to the back surface. Feng shui uses bagua outside the home to ward off the energy of pointed objects, such as a road that points traffic at your front door or a telephone pole. Black mirrors used for scrying may also be regular mirrors with a black coating behind the glass.

An even better-known divination tool is the Crystal Ball. Some of these are made from quartz, reconstituted quartz (which is materially the same thing as glass, but made from ground-up quartz), or other natural minerals, but glass balls also make excellent divination tools. The spherical shape produces interesting optical distortions that can help free the intuitive mind to look for insight.

Swarovski and other faceted crystals are made of leaded glass, usually hung in a window so that the prisms cut into the surface produce rainbows. They are not part of older feng shui traditions, but are popular today. They distribute good energy and light, and pretty rainbows, too! Some come with a metallic coating, similar to that of aura quartz, which changes the color of the light.

So, what do YOU think about crystal healing with glass?  Would you use only natural glass?  Or none at all?  Let us know in the comments below!

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34 responses to “Does Crystal Healing With Glass Work? Controversy in the Crystal World…

  1. Astrid on July 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    It is not the item you used, but the intention you put into it for the purpose it has to fulfil. So whether it’s natural or glassmade, if you don’t believe it will work, then it won’t.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on July 19, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks so much for your thoughts, Astrid! <3 Crystal blessings.

  2. Laurie Walker on July 19, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Go back to basics. They are tools. Some tools work for some healers and not for other healers. Then there are the healers that do not rely on stones at all. Do some self discovery. What works with your energy? The stone makeup, color and attraction make a real difference in the work you do. Use the information out there about the way different stones work for guidance in your choice, but you need to do the work choosing the tool. A crystal speaks to you but will not to another healer. Pay attention to the way it makes you feel in your chakras after asking “is this good for healing?”. That is where the magic is and not just in the stone. A man made stone can be looked at like a baby that needs to learn where a natural has thousands of years of input from mother earth. Use man made or glass if it has a positive feeling for your work.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on July 19, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Great points- thanks so much for sharing, Laurie! Crystal blessings <3

  3. Carola James on July 19, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Ashley,
    Thanks for the podcast, I enjoyed listening to all the info. Personlly I have never felt glass vibrating in my hand but real natural crystals always vibrate in my hand. I prefer real natural crystals and will not work with man made or treated crystals if the structure of the crystal was changed by heat, chemicals, dyes or other means.
    Blessings of love and light.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on July 19, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing, CJ! We are so glad you enjoyed the podcast. Crystal blessings!

  4. Robin Hartman on July 19, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    I found the article very enlightening. I love glass. Whether man made or not.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on July 19, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      Hi Robin! We are so glad you liked the article 🙂 Crystal blessings <3

  5. Glenda on July 19, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I use black obsidian only to cut cords (I’m not a healer, only for myself), and that is a rare occasion. I don’t have any obsidian other than one beautiful arrowhead. It was my understanding, when I obtained it, that black obsidian glass is formed during a volcanic event, and that’s why it works, even though it’s not a crystalline structure.

    I also have a quite large crystal ball – the seller proclaimed it was made from ground-up quartz, but I dunno; others have said it’s just glass. We’re still getting used to each other — I am at the “wow, that’s so cool-looking” stage. I haven’t tried scrying or “gazing into it” yet. But I really do love it.

    However, even though I love these two, I prefer working with natural stones.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on July 19, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Awesome input- thanks so much for sharing this Glenda! Crystal blessings!

    2. Cathy on July 20, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Glenda, when I wrote the article I checked into what exactly the “reconstituted quartz” used to make crystal balls actually is. It turns out that when they grind up the quartz and reform it into a ball, the natural lattice, or structure, of the quartz is destroyed. This is why balls of reconstituted quartz are almost always perfectly clear and featureless, whereas balls carved from intact quartz usually have markings within the crystal.

      So since quartz and glass are both silicon dioxide, and since the process of grinding and reforming this material takes away the natural crystal structure, reconstituted quartz is structurally the exact same thing as glass.

      I’m glad you love your ball! They’re excellent scrying tools, and so cool to look at too!

  6. Ambre Tandy on July 19, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I am usually not a fan of the man-mades. As someone who can actually “feel” the energy of crystals, they just have not inspired me nor have I been intuitively drawn to them. As far as “glass” goes though, I do really love my snowflake obsidian and I use it quite often, but that is natural and technically has some crystal in it. Having said all that, there is NO doubting the power and strength of a true moldavite! I have one piece and it is by far the most demanding and almost “bossy” piece in my healing collection – haha! I do have some of other tektites I have used and liked although they are not my usual “go-to’s” at all. I was given a magenetic hematite as a gift from a good friend so I did try it out although I wouldn’t have gotten it for myself. I have actually been plesantly surprised by it as time and time again it has really helped ground me and rid my tension/anxiety in some bigger stressful circumstances and I’m talking like in less than 5 minutes of having put it on I’m a changed person! It is an anklet so I think that helps for grounding and I am a fire sign – not sure if that makes a difference either though…

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on July 19, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Hey Ambre! Thanks so much for your comment- so interesting about the magnetic hematite! And we sooo agree about the Moldavite– such a powerful stone! Crystal blessings <3

  7. Michelle on July 19, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I have worked with both and both works well for me. I did enjoy pod cast look forward to more.
    Love and Light Blessings

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on July 20, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Thank you so much, Michelle! Crystal blessings <3

  8. Sheilagh Peters on July 19, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I think it would depend on the use. Metaphysically I would opt for natural glass only. For spirit work antique glass and mirrors could have use, taking the stone tape theory into account. It could be used as a doorway or portal for spirits to pass through to enter and exit between worlds, and often is. Anyplace spirit and metaphysical work would cross over I think I’d be okay with both being present, as you’d want to have any tools at hand you may require. Of course spirit work you’d want a few things that wouldn’t normally be present in metaphysical work, like anointed oils etc.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on July 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Great point, Sheilagh! Thanks for sharing! <3 Crystal blessings!

  9. Debra Stone on July 19, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I am a certified crystal healer. I can only speak for myself and I strongly feel the energy from naturally created glass from our earth mother. I have never felt this energy from man made glass.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on July 20, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing, Debra! <3 Crystal blessings!

  10. Ginger on July 19, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I think you should use what you are guided to. I think man made stones are bringing in a new vibration to our present time. If it feels right, use it. Meditate & sleep with it to experiment.
    Peace & blessings

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on July 20, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Interesting thought, Ginger! Thanks so much for sharing <3 Crystal blessings!

  11. Mark on July 20, 2017 at 5:35 am

    …its all about the energy! Great coverage and comments; I will add just a bit relating to the Andaras. Try before you buy! When it comes to glasses, natural or not; locality is a very important contributor to the package. Environmental vibration, in all it’s variants, makes a huge difference! I have met some Andaras that were really exceptional! As noted there is a lot of ordinary glass waste passed off to the unwary. Trust your senses-ALL of them!-especially the subtle ones.
    Any of the natural glasses can be imitated. Not all are exceptional. Some lab-grown materials are worthy. Just my opinion.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on July 20, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Mark! <3 Crystal blessings!

  12. Kimmie on July 20, 2017 at 8:26 am

    For starters, my website is still in the making. Need to get new computer, still on Vista. ugh…. My immediate thoughts were fulgurite, I heard about it and found a lot on ebay. Gridded it and the energy was amazing. The web was awesome. And obsidian is like one of my favorites to connect to higher energy. I think because of how the natural glass forms, fast and furious, it relates to life today. Progress, or what we view as progress (I could debate this) is fast, from the hip, and without thought of consequence. Such is the way with natural glasses. I would argue that most commercial glass is from sand, and if you have ever looked at it under a scope, it is millions of crystals. And most natural glass composition is from nature’s occurrences, we learn from nature. That is all the science this rock hound healer needs.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on July 20, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing Kimmie– so interesting! <3 Crystal blessings!

      1. ThisTortoiseNeedsaShell on July 24, 2020 at 2:16 pm

        I am here bcz I’ve recently read that Obsidian is supposed to be the most powerful protection stone, and I’ve quite fallen in love with the rainbow variety. Upon receiving my hopeful protectors (bracelets, pendant & worrystone) I have felt worried at the fact it has no crystalline structure thus my Big Q: is it Legit? I take my protection seriously as I have a Very Malignant hate-force against me that I feel near daily, my health and well being are suffering from the long term psychic attacks (in fiercely directed bad thoughts/hate/envy etc of a clinical Narcissist in shape of a mother inlaw- the worst variant of a self proclaimed, permanent foe)
        is-and I need something Powerful. Due to her endless, daily, yearly onslaught– I desperately need to protect myself as bad things seem to happen all around me and as an Empath, I am no match to reciprocate this level of weaponized hatred.
        Alas, my dearest need to protect for Reals. I’ve carried huge blk Tourmaline chunks- nice single terminated form for years, but her bad JUJU still gets through to me.
        Any recommendations? Is this (albeit lovely looking) Obsidian the stone for me?
        PS Its still too soon to tell if it’s working, but after wearing my newly acquired obsidian jewelry collection this week- (bracelet on each wrist, pendant over heart & pretty piece en bra) I felt heavy and my feelings were really magnified and hard to get past, Plus all my animals seemed… mildly afraid or repelled by my presence for the first time ever ??
        Wth does that mean? Is it bad? Or good? And is it connected to the (rainbow) Obsidian?

        1. Jolie Love and Light Support on July 28, 2020 at 12:59 pm

          Hello! Thank you so much for sharing a bit about your story with us. <3 I think it's admirable that you are being so proactive by seeking out new crystals or forms of energetic protection! Obsidian is a fantastic protection stone - it's one of my favorites. However I could understand why it might be amplifying certain energies. Rainbow Obsidian in particular is often used for shadow work, so it can bring a lot of energies or feelings to the surface - which can be wonderful !! but also overwhelming, and can take some time to get through/used to. (Not recommended to sleep next to!) I would continue to work with Black Tourmaline, and consider using Selenite often (to cleanse it and your space). I also recommend Onyx as a substitute for Obsidian - if your connection with Obsidian isn't quite right for this purpose! <3 Another great crystal for balance and protection would be Tourmalinated Quartz. We should have a variety of all of these crystals at our shop if you'd like to check them out! <3 If you can't find what you're looking for on our website, try emailing the store - we most likely have it in shop and they can set up an order for you that way! I hope you find what you’re looking for. <3 If you ever need any further assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to us at 🙂 Crystal Blessings!

  13. Susie on July 20, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Ashley! I prefer working with natural crystals, black obsidian is one of my favorite for protection, feel the strong energy it it!!

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on July 20, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Hey Susie!Thanks so much for sharing! <3 <3 <3 Crystal blessings.

      1. Lucy carson on November 12, 2020 at 3:46 am

        I noticed in your information about the properties of glass that one of the main differences between melted glass and crystals is the molecular alignment, stating that the crystals are formed over a long time and are molecularly aligned whereas glass is melted and cooled and has an askew configuration. As a glassblower I would like to add glass is annealed in order to align these molecules for structural integrity and therefore annealed glass would have aligned molecules. Un annealed glass breaks easily and has askew molecules creating weakness and in some cases tension

        1. Jolie Love and Light Support on November 13, 2020 at 4:04 pm

          Oh wow! That is very fascinating – I appreciate the insight! 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Crystal Blessings <3

  14. Monica Kiss on July 22, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Hi Ashley, I, like you, do not use dyed or irradiated stones but I am currently attracted to Blue Goldstone aka Nightstone. I have had wonderful experiences with it and love meditating while staring into it’s beautiful starry depths. I also love Fulgurite, created by the power of nature. I bought two a few years ago. I remember that they smelled of the electricity of the lightning that contributed to their formation and I could feel the buzzing energy as I held them in each hand. It was the first, incredibly memorable, experience with this fascinating substance. I love Obsidian in all it’s forms and I find that at least one will always find it’s way into Matt healing sessions ?

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on July 24, 2017 at 4:48 am

      Hi Monica! Thanks so much for your comment; we are so happy that you’re having success with these stones! <3 Crystal blessings!

    2. Cathy Douglas on July 24, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Monica, I get that from Fulgurite too! A smell that’s kind of a buzz. But I only sniff the crystals when nobody’s looking…. 😀

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