One of my favorite jewelry memories are the small round cracked crystal balls that my mother kept in her jewelry box. I recall playing dress-up with the quartz balls and gazing into the crystal as a child.
Cracked rock crystal is infinitely more dazzling to gaze at than polished cut crystal. I think that the cracked and rutilated features create a subtly visible internal light play that attracts the human eye.
Cut and Polished Crystal
It’s true that polished cut rock crystal makes a magnificent light display when part of a chandelier or when made into candlesticks. I also played with the clear cut crystal talons on Mom's bedside lamps imagining them as earrings.
But cracked rock crystal is much more mesmerizing to me.
To this day, I keep one of my mother’s crystal balls on my desk in order to refresh my eyes after hours of gazing at my computer screen. I guess that would make the balls truly healing crystals.