OH Nature you are magnificent, beautiful, and complicated…
The more I research new gems and create jewelry the more I am constantly astounded. Let me lead you down a path that is well traveled, yet… if you stop and look around you might start to see things in a new light.
Today I am going to let you in on my research about one of the most abundant minerals on the Earth’s surface, Silicon Dioxide (SiO2) aka Quartz. Quartz is widely distributed and plentiful in all parts of the world it comes in all different forms, habits, and colors. In fact, there are more variety names given to Quartz than any other mineral!
Quartz has been appreciated and known since pre-historic times. The most ancient name known is recorded in 300-325 BCE as Kristallos. Then by 1505 the “quertz” was printed in Freiburg roughly 25 years later the spelling changed to “quartz.” There are many traditional uses of quartz through out history. For example, the Ancient Japanese believed that quartz was formed from the breath of a white dragon and is regarded as representing perfection. The Australian Aborigines used Quartz in rain rituals. Crystal skulls were reportedly made by Atlanteans, and Crystal Balls were formed in the middle ages to predict the future.
Heres some techie talk before I get into the good stuff! The usefulness of Quartz is linked to its physical and chemical properties. The hardness is extremely durable and it is chemically inert in most substances making it highly resistant to mechanical and chemical weathering. This durability makes it a dominant mineral of mountaintop, the primary mineral at beaches, in rivers and in desert sands.
Quartz is formed at all temperatures and is abundant in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, although it has a higher melting temperature than most metals. The electrical properties and heat resistance allow it to be very useful in electronic products. If fact, electronic grade crystals are a single Quartz crystal. They are used in timers, frequency controls, filters, electronic circuits (in cell phones, watches, clocks, television receivers, computers, navigational instruments…), windows in lasers, I mean the list goes on and on. Another fun fact, Quartz is widely used in the glass making industry. It is used to make container glass, flat plate glass and specialty glass and fiberglass.
Okay now to the goods!
Quartz occurs in virtually every color:
Most mineral references list Chalcedony as an individual mineral, but in fact it is just a variety of Quartz. It is the microcrystalline form of Quartz and it forms in microscopic compacted crystals, and Agate (banded form of Chalcedony) and Jasper are also just varieties of Quartz! Lets not forget about, Aventurine which is translucent quartz with sparkling small plate or flakes inclusions of other minerals. As if Quartz couldn’t be any more amazing … the list goes on! Quartz is frequently formed on the inner lining of Geodes! The outer layer is usually a layer of Chalcedony or banded Agate.
The metaphysical properties are almost just as astounding as its physical and chemical properties! Quartz is regarded as the “power stone” and the “universal crystal” because of its many uses. It enhances energy by absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing, and transmitting. It channels the universal energy! AMAZING! The way that Quartz deals with energy is extremely beneficial for manifesting, healing, meditating, protecting and channeling. A very common practice is programming the energy in the Quartz crystal for a specific purpose. The energy pattern can be any intention, thought, color, emotion, sound, use or any kind of vibration. Quartz is a stone of Clarity. It dispels negativity and clears away negative energy in the spiritual, mental, and physical planes.
This stone is just so amazing I could go on and on… but i’m going to stop myself! Let me know what you think about this amazing stone!!