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So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with.

Blue Stones

Lapis Lazuli

Hard to miss this one as it has golden flecks amidst the incredible deep blue stone.

Lazulite

Lapis without the gold. Dense blue with white streaks.

Labradorite

Irridescent, blue/yellow flashes. Looks dull without the light.

Blue Topaz

Blue Topaz closely resembles Sapphire and many are heat treated to intensify the colour. Raw Blue Topaz is transparent to translucent and lacks the hexagonal shape of raw Sapphire.

Sapphire

Sapphire is easily identified by the intense blue of the faceted stone. Raw Sapphire sold for crystal healing is usually much lighter, though slightly iridescent, and does not appear to be as translucent. Some may be quite dense. Star Sapphire has a distinctive ‘star’ pattern in the top.

Celestite

Transparent sky blue crystals usually sold as a cluster or geode.

Blue Tourmaline (Indicolite)

Long striations, often translucent but may be opaque.

Indicolite Quartz

Patches or rods of opaque Blue Tourmaline within Quartz.

K2

Distinctive patches of blue Azurite in matrix

Siberian Blue Quartz

Intense blue, manmade crystal. Usually faceted and found as jewellery.

Blue Kyanite

Striated, often pearlised ‘blades’, sometimes with white Quartz or black inclusions.

Aqua Aura

Alchemicalised bluey-green coating on a Quartz or other crystal. Translucent, rainbow finish.

Quartz with Dumortierite inclusions

It’s the incredible yet delicate blue colour that gives this one away.

Dumortierite

Dense, grainy and gritty. The speckled markings are distinctive even when polished.

Blue Fluorite

Blue Fluorite is typically translucent or transparent with many crystals in a cluster, often square. These are on a matrix of Quartz.

Azurite

A vision of the night sky unless in crystallised form. Deepest blue.

Blue Agate

Blue Agate is often dyed to enhance the colour. Typically, it is translucent and tightly banded.

Blue Lace Agate

Pale blue banded opaque Agate.

Blue Calcite

Gentle blue. Translucent to opaque, slightly ‘greasy’ feel, often banded.

Blue Apatite

Translucent to opaque, typically patchy colour and slightly grainy appearance.

Blue Aventurine

Gritty, opaque, may have glittery silvery bits within the matrix.

Blue Chalcedony

Gentle sky blue translucent crystals, often in a geode but may be larger crystals.

Iolite

Deep violet-blue, transparent to translucent, has hidden depths to the crystal.

Sodalite

Dense, blue-white banded stone.

Blue Moonstone

Distinctive patches of brilliant blue amidst the translucent striated white of the Moonstone.

Larimar

Opaque Larimar looks like the sky on a bright spring day. Beautiful blue with clouds of white.

Blue-green and turquoise crystals next time.