Crystals

Crystals have captivated human culture for centuries with both their beauty and suggested symbolism. From a talismanic charm to a celebration of nature's remarkable wonder, crystals are a coveted collector's item for the geology enthusiast.

The study and collection of stone specimens began in the days of ancient Babylon, when early natural historians first noted the difference in mineral properties. This examination, in many cases coinciding with a large collection of mineral specimens, developed into the field of mineralogy by the 1500s with the work of Georgius Agricola. Agricola's contributions paved the way for a scientific understanding of crystal structure, which arrived in the early 19th century.

Alongside greater scientific understanding of crystals and their structure, enthusiasts and amateur mineralogists began seeking out superior specimens to add to their own collections. Commemorating the beauty of crystalline structure in its organic form, antique and vintage crystals capture an ideal blend of history, science, and splendor.


Quick Facts

  • Some of the world's largest crystals have been discovered in the Cave of Crystals in Mexico. Measuring more than 30 feet in length, the crystals are made of the soft mineral gypsum and began forming more than 500,000 years ago
  • The name geode comes from the Greek word for earthlike
  • One of the most unusual crystal creations is the British Museum skull, most likely dating to the pre-Columbian era. The piece was created with a substantial chunk of quartz crystal

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STEUBEN AURENE IRIDESCENT RIBBED VASE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
STEUBEN AURENE IRIDESCENT RIBBED VASE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$9510 Bids
JUDITH LEIBER Crystal Lemon Slice Minaudiere
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
JUDITH LEIBER Crystal Lemon Slice Minaudiere
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $500- $3,000
$1257 Bids
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V DURAND GOLD THREAD IRIDESCENT ART GLASS VASE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
V DURAND GOLD THREAD IRIDESCENT ART GLASS VASE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$705 Bids
Baccarat French Crystal Harmonie Flower Vase NEW
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Baccarat French Crystal Harmonie Flower Vase NEW
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1755 Bids
Vnt JUDITH LEIBER Leopard Heart Crystal Minaudiere
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Vnt JUDITH LEIBER Leopard Heart Crystal Minaudiere
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $500- $2,000
$1755 Bids
Pair of crystal lustre candlesticks, 27 cm. (10.63 in.)
Oct 18, 7:00 PM AEDT
Pair of crystal lustre candlesticks, 27 cm. (10.63 in.)
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD404 Bids
Assorted Quartz Mineral Rocks
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Assorted Quartz Mineral Rocks
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$354 Bids
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ORREFORS CRYSTAL INTERMEZZO PEDESTAL CAKE STAND
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
ORREFORS CRYSTAL INTERMEZZO PEDESTAL CAKE STAND
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
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SALVIATI VENEZIA FASCE VERTICAL BLUE GREEN VASE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
SALVIATI VENEZIA FASCE VERTICAL BLUE GREEN VASE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
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MOSER ROSLIN LILLY & HIBISCUS FLOWER LOW BOWL
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
MOSER ROSLIN LILLY & HIBISCUS FLOWER LOW BOWL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
A crystal ball by Robert Kuo
Oct 18, 2:00 PM PDT
A crystal ball by Robert Kuo
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$403 Bids
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STEUBEN AURENE IRIDESCENT GLASS FINGER BOWL
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
STEUBEN AURENE IRIDESCENT GLASS FINGER BOWL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Lalique French Crystal Glass Red Dragon Figurine
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Lalique French Crystal Glass Red Dragon Figurine
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1752 Bids
Lalique French Crystal Dragon Figurine Sculpture
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Lalique French Crystal Dragon Figurine Sculpture
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1252 Bids
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FREE FORM BLUE AND GREEN ART GLASS VASE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
FREE FORM BLUE AND GREEN ART GLASS VASE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Chanel, Paris: Silvertone Framed Cc Swarovski Crystals Aviator Style 4121b Sunglasses
Oct 28, 6:00 PM AEDT
Chanel, Paris: Silvertone Framed Cc Swarovski Crystals Aviator Style 4121b Sunglasses
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD402 Bids
Set of Eight Baccarat Crystal Rocks Glasses.
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
Set of Eight Baccarat Crystal Rocks Glasses.
by Casco Bay Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1602 Bids
7 Tiffany Crystal Christmas Ornaments & 6 Lalique Crystal Christmas Ornaments
Oct 19, 4:00 PM EDT
7 Tiffany Crystal Christmas Ornaments & 6 Lalique Crystal Christmas Ornaments
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$1002 Bids
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Estate English Type Gem Stone & Jewelries
Oct 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Estate English Type Gem Stone & Jewelries
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $50- $60
$102 Bids
Fine crystal rectangular box by Robert Kuo
Oct 18, 2:00 PM PDT
Fine crystal rectangular box by Robert Kuo
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $700
$1502 Bids
Fluorite
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Fluorite
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $10- $15
$101 Bid
Fluorite
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Fluorite
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $10- $15
$101 Bid
Fluorite
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Fluorite
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $10- $15
$101 Bid
Fluorite
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Fluorite
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $10- $15
$101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Crystals


Old Stuff For You

Old Stuff For You

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Bradford's

Bradford's