Crystals and gems are all around us. They form planets, moons, and meteoroids.
Shaped to perfection, crystals have to be nurtured in exceptional conditions to achieve such external beauty.
The word crystal comes from the Greek root word Kryos, meaning icy. The ancients believed crystals to be so hard that they could never melt.
Scientists such as Max von Laue and Abbé Hauy spent their life studying crystals. Laue developed x-ray photos of that showed the atoms of a crystal. Hauy compared the fractures and regularities on the faces of crystals.
These natural beauties aren't always so beautiful. Naturally grown crystals are very flawed. Manufactured crystals are more likely to be 100% perfect.
Surprisingly crystals have improved with human interaction. Now we can alter natural crystals and make them environmentally perfect. What a wonder to the world the are, astonishing in all forms.