There’s something magical about crystals. They bring to mind fantastical creatures like dragons and unicorns, but growing crystals doesn’t involve magic at all — it’s science! Things like diamonds, common quartz, and even table salt all contain atoms that have snapped together like puzzle pieces in repeating patterns to create gorgeous geometrical forms known as crystals. Each type of crystal has its own special mixture of atoms.
When Klutz sent me the Grow Your Own Crystal Mini Worlds kit to try out, I was excited to see how well it would work. As a science educator, I’ve grown several kinds of crystals throughout the years and know that the results can be inconsistent. Depending on conditions, crystal-growing experiments can yield either thrilling or disappointing results. It was rewarding to discover that this kit resulted in beautiful crystals, which my 13-year-old happily assembled into dioramas. Get your crystal kit below, and read on for my full review and photos of our dazzling creations!