By "natural" crystals, we mean that these stones that are presented as they have actually come from the earth. The facets (faces) are as they are formed by nature and have not been touched by tools.
Most crystals on the market are faceted by hand, that is, they are cut from large slabs of naturally occurring material which are then shaped to give them the appearance of "natural" crystals. Although the material from which they are cut is naturally occurring the individual pieces have been shaped by hand.
The resulting pieces are nearly always straight-sided, smooth-faced and perfect. The crystals grown in the earth are more irregular in shape, often with more facets, frequently exhibit various inclusions and are rarely perfect in the sense of being entirely regular. These crystals are entirely unshaped by human hands.
When natural crystals are set as jewelry the tops are often flattened or rounded so that they fit a handmade setting. Other than that they are untouched. There is a general preference for those crystals that are shaped and they are much more common. They have their own beauty. The truly natural crystals are more unusual in the marketplace and are appreciated by those who love what nature has given us in its raw form, inclusions, irregularities, and all.
Wellstone Jewelry offers both types of crystals, shaped and natural. You'll find the natural stones more often in our "One of a Kind" collection.