Everyone noticed a lot of something in March that shouldn’t have been there… snow! This is a very simple but complex substance. If you are lucky enough to observe it under the microscope before it melts you will see that snowflakes are staggeringly beautiful.
More-permanent crystals like diamonds, rubies, emeralds and amethyst capture the hearts and imagination of royalty, fantasy writers, holistic healers and geologists.
In this chemistry lesson, pupils can explore the fabulous world of crystallization and make their own crystals – cross-curricular links include geology, mathematics and physics.
Learn about the different types of crystal and make their own
Use a variety of media to film crystallisation in action
Discover more aboutour most-prized gemstones and learn how a perfect diamond is cut to show off all its brilliance
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