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There are several ways we can classify the great variety of minerals and crystals presently known to us. In addition to using their crystal structure, one of the most common ways is to use their composition.
Even if you are not into chemistry and crystallography, or even if you don't really want to study the physical properties of the members of the mineral world, you might still find this article as well as the series of articles that will follow useful.
For example, if you deal primarily with crystal healing or if you use crystals in metaphysical work, this info can still come handy. Knowing one or two additional things about your crystals can bring clarity, easier navigation in their complex world, or simply being more confident while purchasing new specimens. Or when comparing two similar crystals with each other.
So, here is the basic division by composition that is valid today.
When someone refers to crystals as ice which Crystal is it?
Thanks for the interesting question. Ice has a well defined crystal structure. It consists of layers of hexagonally arranged water molecules, stacked one under the other. It is easier to show than to talk about it, so here's the image of one such layer: