Quartz is an igneous rock composed of oxygen and silicon atoms that crystallizes around magma or hydrothermal vents. It is the most abundant mineral on planet earth and can be found in the form of points, masses, grains, prisms, and even threaded. This mineral is also one of the very few on earth that can appear in a twinning structure (Japan Law Quartz). Quartz was first recorded in 300 B.C. by Theophrastus and was given the name κρύσταλλος or kristallos. The origin comes from the word “ice” signifying the ancient belief that Quartz was encapsulated in ice. Nicolas Steno discovered in the 17th century that no matter the size or shape, Quartz will always meet at a 60 degree angle. It can be found in every country on earth with important commercial deposits appearing in Brazil, China, South Africa, Madagascar, Australia, Canada, the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Russia.
Quartz can appear in two forms and the sub-minerals they are classified as are some of the most popular in the world. Macrocrystalline Quartz is defined as being within any granular structure within another rock matrix or a large crystal structure. Examples of these would be Rose Quartz, Herkimer Diamond, Quartz, Amethyst, Aventurine, , and Tiger Eye. Cryptocrystalline Quartz (also known as Chalcedony) is a group of smaller, more compact aggregates of Quartz. Examples of these stones would be Carnelian, Chrysoprase, , Bloodstone, Jasper, and Flint.
Due to the number of varieties of Quartz, the International Mineralogical Association (IMA) has broken down this process into two classifications. The first is Quartz colored by minor elements built into the crystal body (also known as lattice). The second being colored by inclusions of minerals or fluids while the Quartz is growing. The former consists of Smoky Quartz, Amethyst, Citrine, and . Examples of Quartz colored by inclusions during their formation are Blue Quartz, Rose Quartz, Enhydro Quartz, and Green Quartz. All of these varieties of Quartz maintain the same hardness of a 7, making it perfect to cut, polish, shape, and form.
Although impurities occur in every other mineral, Quartz inclusions are highly sought after by mineral collectors around the world. When it comes to Quartz varieties, the specific localities in which they came from are sometimes more important than the inclusions themselves. Metaphysical users have come to love the different species of Quartz and have been capable of extracting the healing energies this wonderous stone offers. Notable varieties of Quartz used in the spiritual communities include , Rutile in Quartz, Chloride Quartz, Faden Quartz, , Dumortierite, and Mango Quartz.
We can truly say that Quartz has been an evolutionary, energetical, and societal building block. It is everywhere around us; in our cellphones, medical technology, clocks, and concrete. Spiritually, Quartz has been used in almost every society and is highly regarded as a super-frequency stone, commonly adorning the tops of pyramids. It is an essential tool to keep our culture running and helps us advance to not only higher levels of technology, but higher levels of consciousness.
Quartz is the strongest enhancing stone in the mineral kingdom and helps reignite our true identity while showing us the path towards enlightenment. It's clear energy acts as an amplifier of the vibrations that are put into it, making it an excellent manifestation tool. Its point is frequently displayed at high energetic areas such as the tops of staves, wands, in between crystals in grids, and placed on top of key energy points on the body. When using Quartz, it results in an awakening effect that supercharges the chakra system and dispels the malignant energies within.
An important note to make about Quartz is how it can often absorb negative vibrations. Quartz is a vacuum cleaner for diluted vibrations that may attach to your aura and become harmful. Whether or not you use the Quartz that you own, it should be cleansed often. Even the piece passively sitting will attract unwanted energy. We recommend cleansing it by either the moonlight, an incense tool, or with a water bath.
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