posted on May, 24 2011 @ 12:35 PM
reply to post by Alien Abduct
I know a little about crystals. I have done quite a bit of collecting and know a lot of collectors that have extensive experience with these
It is important to know a few things about crystals. The term crystal refers to 2 different things. It refers to materials with an orderly arrangement
of atoms. Most of the solid world we see is of that nature. The big exceptions are glass and organics. Another use of the term is for leaded glass.
That is referred to as crystal. It makes for a sparkly look, which may be the reason it is referred to as crystal.
I do talks at schools on rocks. I ask the kids, "What is a rock." It's such a simple question, yet the kids have a hard time getting out a good
answer. If they suggest something heavy I ask them about wood. If they say it is strong I ask them about a piece of steel. I challenge the kids to
learn that a rock is something composed of crystals and does not have an organic origin.
Quartz is an interesting material. It is the second most abundant mineral in the crust. It can form pretty crystals. They can be found in many places.
I know a collector that has over 3000 of them. He wants one from each of the mountains in New Hampshire. The large crystals used for carving are not
as common. Big things are harder to find. There are quite a few places where larger crystals can be located. Broken chunks are good for sale as
lapidary material since the cutter will create something that loses the shape of the original crystal. Quartz is nice since it is hard. It can be
found in clear pieces. A friend of mine had a fist sized facetted stone cut out of quartz. He was limited in the size of the end product by the amount
of money it cost for the facetting process. He had a brilliant cut made. He could have chosen any one of 2500 recognized cut by the lapidary society,
but he stuck to one of the rather standard cuts.
I'm not really sure if any one of these skulls has been checked carefully. Remember that technology advances quickly and swirl marks would be easy to
spot using an electron microscope, a device not available at the time that the skull was sold or made.
Frankly, it is possible to check the isotopes of the elements in the skull to track the skull back to the mine it came from.