Do man-made stones do it for you? How do you feel about goldstone or opalite properties?
I mean, don't get me wrong -- man-made stones can be very beautiful. I love opalite jewelry because I'm a gigantic sucker for anything with that kind of iridescence. I've even seen some knives flintknapped from large chunks of opalite, and they're unbelievably stunning. Kind of like what I imagine the Dune series' crysknives would look like.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="513"] Seriously though, how pretty is this necklace? Source.[/caption]
I still get my knickers in a bit of a twist when I see it sold alongside actual mineral specimens, though. Even more so when it has metaphysical qualities ascribed to it with no attempt to disclose that it's actually a man-made material.
People have different feelings on the subject, I know. Some don't see a difference between a mineral made of silica formed in the earth's crust, and a different mineral made of silica formed in a factory. They feel the properties of opalite the way I might feel those of rainbow moonstone, or sodalite, or any of the other stones I work with.
According to various books and websites, opalite properties include meditation, love, faithfulness, and all-around healing, among others. I'm generally not much of a purist about such things in principle, but I have to admit -- as much as I love wearing it, I don't really get anything from using opalite.
The same holds true for things like goldstone (though blue goldstone is drop dead gorgeous) and aura quartz. Conventional new age wisdom holds that applying a thin coating of metal atoms to the outside of a quartz crystal enhances its properties, but I don't feel it. Aura quartz is often pretty, but I don't ever seem to pick up anything I couldn't get from a plain clear quartz point. Some specimens even make me a little sad, honestly, like I feel when I see dyed quartz. Or one of those dolled-up kids from Toddlers and Tiaras.
How do you feel about man-made gemstones? Do you use them in your practice? If not, why not? If so, do you experience the same kind of effects ascribed to them by crystal books?