If there’s anything you need to know about quartz, it’s probably that you don’t know enough!
This amazing mineral made up of oxygen and silicon atoms has an extensive history. There’s a world of knowledge behind it, whether you’re interested in its spiritual implications or its role in industrial development throughout history.
If that piques your curiosity, you have an interesting read in store for you. But before we start, check out these beautiful Blush and Bar rose quartz rings that show off the brilliance of this timeless gemstone!
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What makes quartz so unique?
Quartz is as plentiful as it is beautiful. It’s the second most abundant mineral known to our planet’s continental crust!
As for its structure, the chemical makeup of quartz is known as Silicon Dioxide (SiO2). It forms naturally in several types of rocks, including igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks.
It’s also extremely durable and weather-proof, which is part of the reason why it’s one of the most beneficial minerals we know of.
Quartz is graded as a seven of ten on the Mohs scale, which ranks the hardness and scratch-resistance of natural minerals. Quartz is so strong and sturdy its earliest known use was to make various tools.
Today, it’s still used for cutting other materials. Quartz sand also plays a huge role in glass-making.
Because quartz has naturally-occurring electrical properties and heat resistance, it has played a crucial role in the electronics industry from the 1930s up until the present day.
This discovery further increased the demand for quartz and led to the need for a way to produce quartz synthetically—a process that scientists didn’t master until the 1950s.
Types of quartz gemstones
When it comes to all the fantastic things quartz crystals can be used for, we’ve only barely scratched the surface! But now it’s time to talk about another way they enrich our daily lives: and that’s by their brilliant beauty.
When you think of how a quartz stone looks, what image comes to mind?
Many people might imagine a clear quartz crystal that resembles an ice sculpture. A transparent crystal is one of many varieties, known as “pure quartz.”
Pure quartz is transparent and colorless. It’s also called rock crystal, and it carries great significance in the world of crystal healing practices.
While the clear quartz stone is undoubtedly an impressive sight to behold, its aesthetic qualities don’t stop there! Quartz occurs naturally in various color varieties, making it a beautiful focal point for both fine jewelry and fashion jewelry.
Colored quartz is the result of impurities in the molecular structure of the transparent quartz mineral. These inclusions, or imperfections, are actually what gives it a gorgeous natural color!
Did you know that amethyst is the purple variation of the quartz gemstone?
Amethyst is one of the most recognizable quartz forms, partly due to its popularity in jewelry throughout the centuries.
Other common color varieties include citrine, which takes on a golden yellow or brown color; rose quartz, a beautiful pink color; smokey quartz, which is a translucent grey or black; and milky or white quartz, which is a cloudy white color.
Sometimes amethyst and citrine are found together within the same crystal. This creates a mesmerizing color combination that’s known as “ametrine.”
What is the meaning and historical significance of quartz?
So, where did the name for this gemstone originate? The word we use today comes from the German word “quarz,” meaning “hard.”
In ancient times, the Greeks used the word “krustallos” to refer to the mineral, which means “icy cold.” This has to do with an early belief from Greek philosophers that the stone was a unique form of permanently-frozen ice.
This characterization sparked much of the early lore about the gemstone, including the belief that a crystal ball holds magical powers that can reveal what will happen in the future.
The metaphysical properties of crystal quartz have been touted since the middle ages. So much so that particular varieties of quartz have been created to enhance its perceived healing powers.
“Aura quartz” formulations have a metallic finish that’s achieved when the crystal is bonded with an outer layer of metal, like platinum or silver (in the case of angel aura quartz and opal aura quartz), gold (which creates aqua aura quartz), cobalt (for a cobalt blue-colored aura quartz), and so on.
More than anything, quartz is associated with physical, spiritual, and emotional healing. It’s also thought to aid a person’s psychic abilities through its power to connect the mind with physical dimensions.