White lotus receives a lot of questions about why other companies chemically treat their crystals before carving.
For those of you not familiar with this process many groups chemically treat the crystals such as jade, rose quartz and amethyst before carving the stones to make them easier to carve and less likely to shatter.
The process changes the chemical composition of the crystal making it softer and less likely to fracture. Many believe it also dramatically changes the energetic properties of the crystal so anyone interested in the natural energy of the crystals should defiantly avoid jade rollers and other implements carved in this way.
Crystal is graded either A, B, or C grade depending on the quality of the original crystal and the level of chemical treatment it receives. A grade crystal is high quality natural crystal that has not been chemically treated in any way.
Chemically treated crystal is often called reconstituted crystal or other terms to explain this process of chemical treatment. Sadly most sellers of chemically treated crystal do not declare that it is chemically treated and still call it natural. It is a simple case of buyer beware and make sure you trust the seller.
White Lotus only uses A grade untreated crystal in all its crystal rollers, Gua Sha and crystal combs.
All crystals have different levels of hardness which is measured by the MOHS scale. Some crystals like nephrite jade have a medium rating of 6 to 6.5 while others such as amethyst are much harder and easier to shatter.
The hardness of the crystal affects the cost of creating the crystal rollers as harder crystals require more skilled artisans to hand carve them and even the most skilled artisans will have a higher breakage rate when working with natural crystal in this way due to natural faults in the crystal.
The image above shows examples of the breakages when carving the handles for amethyst and clear quartz rollers. Amethyst is particularly difficult to carve and many of the crystals shatter when trying to carve long pieces like the handles for amethyst rollers.
As the crystals White Lotus use in our factory are of gem quality these broken parts can be resold as small crystals like the ones often seen in many alternative shops to avoid wastage.
Even after this process buying gemstone crystal, hand carving it and accepting a level of breakage adds cost to the process. It is easy to see why many merchants simply use a range of corrosive chemicals on the crystals to make the process easier especially as it is very hard for the consumer to check.
Here is a simple test, if you see a crystal roller for sale for US$12 on ebay, it is chemically treated. It is simply impossible to create the rollers for this price without using B or C grade crystal.
White Lotus have been carving and selling the highest quality Jade rollers and crystal Gua Sha for over 15 years.
If you would like to learn more about White Lotus’s range of A grade crystal rollers, Gua Shas and Crystal combs please follow this link.