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Arkteia

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As a child, I used to grow crystals in glass jars. I still remember the sight of them on my window sill.
I wonder... don't laugh at me, please... can one grow a crystal of a gem? A simulant? Quartz is grown hydrothermally, can I do it in my kitchen?

Don't laugh, please... I do not know that much about the mechanics of hydrothermal synthesis, but since ebay is full of simulant quartz, perhaps it is not so difficult?
 

VapidLapid

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No laughing. I did this too (in eighth grade) I think you can grow anything that precipitates out of saturated solution, water being the easiest solute . Fluorite, perhaps cuprite, halite and rock candy! Remember anything you grow from solution can likely be dissolved again.
 

Pandora II

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Nope, 'fraid not. Unless you have some serious lab equipment, platinum crucibles etc knocking about.

I believe you can grow opal in jam jars but it takes a long time!
 
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