Quartz Mohs hardness 7 – lower in impure varieties, Specific gravity 2.65; variable 2.59–2.63 in impure varieties, Refractive index 1.543–1.545 Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust, after feldspar. There are many different varieties of quartz, several of which are semi-precious gemstones. Especially in Europe and the Middle East, varieties of quartz have been since antiquity the most commonly used minerals in the making of jewelry and hardstone carvings. The word quartz is derived from the German word "quarz", which was imported from Middle High German, "twarc". Quartz belongs to the trigonal crystal system. The ideal crystal shape is a six-sided prism terminating with six-sided pyramids at each end. In nature quartz crystals are often twinned, distorted, or so intergrown with adjacent crystals of quartz or other minerals. Quartz is the material identified as the mystical substance maban in Australian Aboriginal mythology. It is found regularly in passage tomb cemeteries in Europe. The Irish word for quartz is grian cloch, which means 'stone of the sun'. Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder believed quartz to be water ice, permanently frozen after great lengths of time. The word "crystal" comes from the Greek word "ice".) He supported this idea by saying that quartz is found near glaciers in the Alps, but not on volcanic mountains, and that large quartz crystals were fashioned into spheres to cool the hands. He also knew of the ability of quartz to split light into a spectrum.
|Natural Rutilated Quartz 16x23 oval cabochon 28.5ct|
BLUE QUARTZ - Also called siderite. Inspires spiritual development, meditation psychic abilities and serenity. Blue quartz crystals grant spiritual insight and enlightenment, peace and serenity. They also encourage emotional clarity and purity.
CRYSTAL (CLEAR QUARTZ) - also known as rock crystal or quartz crystal. Clear quartz crystals facilitate wisdom, clarity of thought, general healing, memory, meditation, communication, transformation, awakening, cleansing, pureness of heart, intention, higher consciousness, positive thoughts, harmony and love. This stone amplifies prayers, wishes and positive visualizations.
CRYSTAL BALLS - Help us see the past and the future. Transport us to a place that is "between the worlds," a gate to other times, other realities. Promote divination, fortune telling, clairvoyance, spirit vision quests and the enhancement of psychic powers.
CRYSTAL CLUSTERS (CLEAR QUARTZ) - Foster protection, cooperation, purification, participation, harmony, union, friendship and intimacy. They break up negative energy in the environment.
DENDRITIC Quartz - is used as a Personal Talisman, in Meditation, and Goddess Worship. It is primarily used as a talisman for amplifying the Universal Life Force to enable us to have total focus on seeking a specific improvement in the basic nature of our lives. It is used to focus on one's place in the natural universe. It is an extremely powerful conduit of the Life Force that can enable a person to understand their role in the natural universe. Use dendritic quartz in meditation to get back to your natural self and escape from the artificial elements of today's civilization.
DOLPHIN CRYSTAL - Near the base of a larger clear quartz crystal there may be a smaller crystal seeming to ride along with it. This is a Dolphin Crystal. It facilitates communication with dolphins and promotes unconditional love, wisdom, gentleness, playfulness, laughter and loyalty. Teaches us to protect and nurture all living things.
DOUBLE TERMINATED CLEAR QUARTZ CRYSTALS - Crystals that are naturally faceted at both ends. Promote psychic ability, dream recall and are balancing to body, mind and spirit. They allow easier access to the meditative states, the spirit world and to our own inner feelings and creativity.
EIGHT-FACETED CRYSTAL - A clear quartz crystal with eight facets enhances energy, success, prosperity, accomplishment, power and the wise use of that power.
EMPATHIC CRYSTALS - Clear quartz crystals that have been chipped and damaged. Promote understanding, compassion, kindness, and empathy. They open the hearts of those who have closed them, while also protecting the openhearted from too much pain.
EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL CRYSTAL - A clear quartz crystal with a single termination at one end and multiple termination at the other end. Facilitates communication with the positive beings of the celestial planes - - including gods, goddesses, angels and space travelers.
(ARTIFICIALLY) FACETED CRYSTALS - Clear quartz crystals that have been cut into rings, crystal balls, and pendants have the same attributes and energies as naturally terminated crystals, with one exception. Without a natural termination, they do not focus and direct energy as well. They emanate a more diffuse energy.
HAWK'S EYE - Quartz. Bluish green to bluish gray. Hawk's Eye fosters serenity, peace, perspective, discernment, abundance, prosperity, healing, riches and a love of nature. This stone teaches us to come to terms with the imperfections of the earth plane.
HERA CRYSTALS - Also known as self-healed crystals. Clear quartz crystals that have been broken off at one end and grew one or more terminations over the broken area. They promote renewal, birth, rebirth, immortality and self healing powers.
HERKIMER DIAMONDS - Quartz crystals that are found only in Herkimer County, New York. They are usually double terminated and sometimes have three or more terminations. They promote creativity, smooth energy flow, uniqueness, dream recall, originality, imagination and psychic abilities. They are considered energizing and enlivening.
INNER CHILD CRYSTAL - A clear quartz crystal which has another, smaller crystal partially embedded in it. Helps us go back to our childhood and heal the child within. Excellent companion during psychological therapy or counseling. Helps us treat the child within with love and sensitivity.
LEFT-HANDED CRYSTAL - A clear quartz crystal with an extra facet on the left side of the largest facet of the crystal is a left-handed crystal. These crystals promote creativity, psychic ability, meditation, intuition, emotional clarity, spiritual insight, patience, tranquility and tolerance.
METEOR CRYSTALS - A clear quartz crystal with a number of tiny craters indented on one side of the crystal, with a tail trailing from them. These shooting stars often fall in the same direction on any one side of the crystal. This crystal fosters transcendence, cosmic consciousness, mystical vision, universal love and a sense of the vastness of the universe and of the soul. They teach us that we are all star-born.
MILKY QUARTZ - Whitish and opaque, especially compared with clear quartz. They get us in touch with the hidden, invisible, elusive within us and without. They help us tap deep wisdom and mysteries that have been denied and buried in both our culture and in our individual selves.
MUSE CRYSTALS - Clusters of nine similarly-sized clear quartz crystals. They promote appreciation for beauty, grace and harmony in music, poetry and the arts. They also facilitate creative expression, inspiration and help us recognize inner beauty and truth.
MYTHIC CRYSTALS - Double-terminated Milky Quartz. Permit us to move back and forth in history to unravel the mystery challenge of the great myths. The myths are a culture's dream -- the collective, subconscious prophecy of an entire people. Interpreting their meaning is as important as understanding our own dreams.
PARITY CRYSTALS - A cluster of identically-sized clear quartz crystals. Encourages us to look within for our spiritual answers rather than relying on outer authority. Teaches us to wean ourselves from authority figures of all kinds.
PHANTOM CRYSTALS - Clear quartz crystals that have the dim outline of another crystal within them. They help us remember our past lives. They promote inner growth and transcendence. They remind us of the reality of life after death.
PIXILATED CRYSTALS - Also called Enchanted Crystals, Double Terminated clear quartz crystals with a rainbow inside, as well as a lot of fairy frost within them. These crystals open our eyes to all the numinous beings who share the earth plane with us -- the so called mythical beings who live concurrently with humans but are invisible to most people. These include unicorns, dragons, naiads, plant and animal devas, elemental spirits and so forth.
PRASIOLITE - A green member of the Quartz clan. Inspires self-reliance and originality. Gives us the courage to dare new things.
QUANTUM CRYSTALS - Three or more Double-Terminated clear quartz crystals that are joined together. These crystals alter the statistical probabilities of your wishes, prayers and visualizations coming true. They also allow us easy access to alternate realities.
RAINBOW CRYSTALS - As you turn a clear quartz crystal around in bright light, you may see a rainbow inside. These crystals promote hope, happiness and optimism while awakening us to the beauty of nature. They encourage earth stewardship and respect for nature.
RECEIVING CRYSTALS - Clear quartz crystals with one broad flat face. These crystals help us become more receptive and non-judgmental. They also draw or receive energy. Many healers put the flat facet against a body part that is ailing to draw out the negative energy.
RIGHT-HANDED CRYSTAL - A clear quartz crystal with an extra facet on the right side of the largest facet of the crystal. This crystal promotes rationality, reasonableness, analytical ability, intellectual acuity and learning. These crystals are dynamic, projective and energizing when held in the right hand.
ROSE QUARTZ - Pink. Enhances all forms of love: self-love, mother love, caring, kindness, platonic and romantic love. Opens our hearts and encourages us to be tender, peaceful and gentle. Emanates unconditional love and nurturance and helps us attract positive, gentle love into our lives. Teaches forgiveness and tolerance.
RUTILATED QUARTZ - Promotes determination, self-control, strength of will, resolve, self-reliance, volition, steadfastness and firmness. Good for people who have trouble making decisions. Also associated with happiness, communication with spirit guardians and general healing.
SMOKY QUARTZ - Brown, black or smoky gray. Collects scattered energies, dissolves negative energies, emotional blockages, protection, “stone of cooperation”. Fosters serenity, calmness, positive thoughts; calms fears; lifts depression. Also associated with stability, practicality, intuition, pride, joy and a realistic, grounded spirituality. Helps us turn our wishes, dreams and desires into reality. Helps us tap subconscious wisdom. Teaches us to simplify our lives and always to live in a sacred manner.
TOURMALINATED QUARTZ - Black Tourmaline crystals inside of clear crystals. Balances and unites conscious with subconscious, male with female, spirit with matter, heaven with earth. Brings harmony to any polarity and brings moderation and unity to all situations.