What is Quartz?
Quartz is also known as “Rock Crystal.” Rock Crystal is the clear white Quartz at its purest form. Impurities and inclusions give the Quartz family the greatest variety of crystals (including Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Tigers Eye, Aventurine, Citrine, Rutilated Quartz, etc). Quartz is the most common mineral in the Earth’s crust. 70% of the land we walk on is from Quartz or some form of silicates.
Quartz can be formed through igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic processes. Quartz is found in fissures in sandstones, cavities in marbles, druses in pegmatites and in septaria as shiny diamond-like crystals (like Herkimer Diamonds). It forms in clusters, gigantic single points (a single crystal was found in Kazakhstan at 70 tons) and massive rocks. The clearest Quartz comes from Arkansas because it has no rock base; just the points join together crystallizing in different directions. Milky Quartz grows from a common base and is filled with inclusions, planes and veins. Fine fractures, thin films of air interfere with light create beautiful rainbow planes.
Quartz is very weather resistant. When bedrock erodes, Quartz finds its way to rivers where it is the main component of pebbles, sand and gravel. It is a 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness.
Aggregator Crystal is a large crystal entirely or partially covered with smaller crystals. The large crystal is the old soul containing the wisdom that attracts the smaller crystals. Use Aggregator Crystals to attract and gather new ideas, people and opportunities. Also known as Barnacle Crystals.
Ancestral Quartz shows striated markings resembling abrasions or "bar codes" on one or more sides of the crystal's face. These crystals contain information from Ancient times and the Akashic Records. Use the knowledge Ancestral Quartz for self healing and healing others.
Bridge Quartz crystals aids the healing process by bridging universal energies from the spiritual world to the physical body. A Bridge crystal is a smaller crystal growing out of another at nearly a right angle with the base of the smaller crystal inside the larger and most of the smaller outside of the larger.
Burr Quartz is a completely three dimensional cluster with no center matrix and points radiating from the center only. Burr Quartz represents freedom and unlimited potential.
Double Terminated Quartz is pointed at both ends of the crystal. It is a simultaneous receiver and transmitter of energy. Helps to dissolve stagnant energy to promote flow and movement. Use Double Terminated crystals to balance the left and right brains, balance yin and yang, masculine and feminine.
Dolphin Quartz formations are smaller crystals riding along the side of a larger host crystal. Dolphin crystals teach us to be aware of our place on the Earth and how to protect it for coming generations. The Dolphin crystal shows us that we are part of the Big Picture and are responsible for moving our species forward in a responsible manner. Dolphin crystals help us keep our focus on educating, teaching and guiding the souls around us.
Included Quartz is a translucent stone full of unique billowing mineral inclusions.
Lemurian Quartz are said to have been planted in the last days by an ancient civilization known as the Lemurians and programmed to transmit a message of oneness, with a message of love and equality. Lemuria is said to have been a civilization whose consciousness was centered on the spiritual and emotional. Activated by rubbing the striated surface. Aids chakra clearing, crystal healing and dreams. Lemurian seed healing crystals are attracted to people who will actively assist in enhancing the energies that aid the planet. It has been said that Lemurian crystals are the perfect stone for opening the heart.
Phantom Quartz displays the outline of numerous smaller crystals known as phantoms which have formed over earlier versions of the stone over the course of millions of years. Phantom Quartz allows us to look back at the different stages of our lives but focus on who we are in the present moment. It allows us to get in touch with our inner self and realize what will bring us the most happiness in our every day lives.
Rainbow Crystals show rainbow sheen within the stone's inclusions. The rainbow is the ultimate expression of light, helping us deal with the dark side of life. Rainbow crystals help us to express our own unique light. Use rainbow crystals in healing those in sadness, grief and depression.
Twin Quartz are two points sharing the same crystal body with no division from the middle to the base. Twin crystals teach us to appreciate the state of unity between body and mind and ultimately others around us. It teaches the secrets of soul partnerships and how to be in a relationship with another without losing yourself.
Types of Quartz
Clear Quartz, also known as Rock Quartz, is prized for its clarity and ice-like appearance. Clear Quartz may be free of inclusions or may have interesting shiny planes, mineral deposits and rainbow sheen. These inclusions are especially beneficial in crystal gazing, chakra balancing and energy healing practices.
Druzy Quartz aids in progressing in life. Includes the properties of Quartz.
Girasol Quartz has a hazy, translucent sheen with a milky cast. This dreamy stone has a restful energy. With its Yin energies, Girasol is excellent for meditation, relaxation and visualizations.
Hematoid Quartz, also known as Harlequin Quartz, is a clear stone with a heavy concentration of Hematite, Goethite and/or Limonite mineral inclusions. Hematoid Quartz varies in color from red, yellow to brown. Energetically, the stone contains all of the master healing energies of Quartz. With the grounding energies of the included minerals, Hematoid Quartz is great for those who are feeling scatter brained. This is a great crystal for those who need support to keep moving forward although they may not feel completely balanced emotionally.
Included Quartz is a clear stone showing unique billowing inclusions.
Lilac Quartz is also known as Lavender Stone for its soft purple color and occasional glistening inclusions. Use Lilac Quartz healing crystals to balance the Crown Chakra.
Snow Quartz gets its cloudy white appearance from microscopic inclusions which were embraced in the crystal when it first started to grow. Snow Quartz healing crystals are great for all chakras, but especially beneficial in balancing the Crown Chakra.
Titanium Quartz: These natural Quartz crystals are coated with Titanium and Niobium for a brilliant rainbow effect. Titanium Quartz's rainbow colored coating enhances the natural crystal.
Tourmaline Quartz has dark needle-like inclusions of black Tourmaline or Actinolite in a clear Quartz crystal. In Crystal Healing, Tourmalinated Quartz helps to see the light in dark situations. The combined energies of clear Quartz and black Tourmaline represent yin and yang energies, helping to balance the dualities in our lives.
Mineral Facts of Quartz
Surface Color: Transparent White
Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): White
Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): None
Fracture: Conchoidal (clam-like, the way glass breaks)
Luster: Vitreous (glass-like) to Greasy
Tenacity: Very Brittle (little resistance to breakage)
Transparency: Transparent (light goes through without obstacles) to Translucent (allows light through the crystal but not fully transparent)
Crystal System: Trigonal (prism with 6 sides and 6 edges meeting at a sharp point).
Crystal Habit: Crystals or Massive (lump)
Metaphysical Properties of Quartz
Clear Quartz is impressive, but milky to white Quartz can contain a lot of information to a healer. Using it for energy healing can turn clear Quartz cloudy and milky quartz clear over time. Quartz is known as the Master Healing crystal. It aids self-healing and channels high frequency to the physical plane. Quartz vibrates clear white light which contains all the colors, and is therefore perfect to balance all the chakras and fills the aura with optimism and joy.
Clear Quartz has a yang energy, while milky Quartz has a yin energy. It is the intermediate between the visible and invisible worlds, an instrument of clairvoyance.
· Hold to purify and energize your physical, emotional and mental bodies.
· Place other crystals on a Quartz cluster to cleanse and charge them.
· Place on the third eye to awaken awareness.
· Meditate with Quartz to filter distractions and clarify your life’s purpose.
· Use clear quartz to purify and amplify thoughts. Be careful though as it also amplifies emotions, which can be too strong if you are not ready to deal with them mentally.
· Coat acupuncture needles with Quartz to make the treatment 10% more effective.
· Hold Quartz to double your aura’s strength, as proved by the Kirlian Aura Camera.
· Play Singing bowls to fill your space with Quartz sound healing.
· Drink a gem elixir to stimulate the immune system: An ancient Celtic remedy: drink the water in which 9 Quartz points have been boiled for 9 consecutive days.
· Place under an old pet’s bed to give them more energy.
· Channel spirit guides with Quartz sacred shapes like the merkaba, icosahedron or pyramid.
· Place over wounds to soothe burns.
· Place on the neck for the thyroid, heart for the thymus and ears for alignment.
· Point Quartz towards the body to energize, away from the body to release excess energy.
· Use Crystal Balls for gazing/scrying
Every Day Uses of Quartz
Quartz is used in optical components like lenses and prisms, ingredient in paints, glass abrasives. It is used in sandpaper, soap, ceramics. The regular, predictable electric pulses that Quartz emits makes it a wonderful crystal for electronics like clocks, computers, TV’s. Synthetic Quartz has replaced natural Quartz in oscillators for electronics.
Sheila's Personal Experience with Quartz
When I used to do crystal healing sessions for clients, I used Quartz pendulums during to check the energy flow of the client’s chakras. Quartz is very accurate in reading energies and can tell which chakras are blocked. I then used Quartz generator wands to open the blocked chakras.
Currently, I keep a very large Quartz cluster to charge my crystals and purify the home’s atmosphere.
Lisa's Personal Experience with Quartz
I like high quality Brazilian Quartz with rainbows and crisp shiny sheen. I have gazed into Quartz crystal balls, along with my students. Personally, I found natural and real Quartz balls to be way more fascinating than the mass manufactured "crystal" balls that flood the market. Gazing into a Quartz ball lets you leave world thoughts behind, get swept into the mesmerizing patterns of the sphere and transcend.
Rutilated Quartz steals a piece of my heart as well. Particularly attractive are the pieces from Madagascar that have fine needles suspended in clear Quartz. I like Rutilated Quartz because it gets to the root of things. It's a problem solving stone.
There is a Quartz ball in my home. There is a Quartz cluster in the patio. There is a large Quartz tower on the dining room. I have Quartz Earrings and a Rutilated Quartz Necklace.
Quartz is the staple of the crystal world. Love it, own it, wear it!
Quartz is a very popular stone found in crystal healing jewelry. Smooth Quartz beads make great bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Natural Quartz points and clusters make brilliant and powerful healing pendants. Beware of mistaking Quartz for Glass or Lead Crystal, which has not healing life force in itself, but will naturally imbue with the wearer’s energies over time.