I remember as a child, I would always dog through the rocks in the playground at school just so I could find these shiny quartz. I had a huge collection as a child. (not sure what happened to it). I was fascinated with this gem. They are the most common of gems. I have 2 rose quartz and three clear quartz on my altar. Below I did not include any pcitures of these gems since they will all be/have been covered in future/older blogs.
Quartz has been around since pre-historic times. The most ancient of quartz is said to have been around since 300-325 B.C.E, Rose quartz beads date back to 7000 B.C. Rose quartz jewelry was crafted by the Assyrians around 800-600 B.C. The Assyrians and the Romans are said to be the first people to use this gem. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians often used rose quartz as potent talismans. People in the middle ages would use quartz in love potions. Early Americans also used quartz. They often used them for amulets. It is believed by ancient people and healers today that the quartz crystal is actually a living thing. Its said it takes a breath every hundred years. Ancients also believe its a crystal closest to the creator. The quartz has been of value since possibly Atlantis times.
Due to there being so many types of quartz it can come in a variety of colours. It can be clear, pink, purple, orange, green, purple and orange. It can also be black, blue, green and brown.
As mentioned before they used to be used in love potions. They still often are. Quartz is known to have healing properties. The quartz has the ability to open your mind and heart more during meditation for higher guidance It helps with spiritual growth. It helps to translate a spirit form into a physical one.
TYPES OF QUARTZ:
- Rock Crystal is pure, clear Quartz, often with a milky base. Its properties are listed on this page.
- Amtheyst is pale purple to deep violet; known as the Bishop’s Stone, it represents royalty and spirituality, and is a crystal of creativity.
- Ametrine is a combination of Amethyst and Citrine in the same stone; a “stone of the muses,” it connects spirituality, action and overcoming fear.
- Aventurine may be green, blue or reddish-brown with a metallic iridescence; it is a stone of optimism, leadership and prosperity.
- Blue Quartz is clear Quartz with tiny blue inclusions that create a pale to mid-blue color; it brings harmony and order, mental clarity and eases fear.
- Citerin is transparent and pale to golden yellow; it promotes imagination and magnifies the powers of personal will and manifestation.
- Milky or Snow Quartz, also known as Quartzite, is opaque white quartz; it is supportive for lesson learning, realizing limitations and utilizing tact.
- Pink Quartz forms in rare clusters of small, well-formed crystals, pale to deep reddish-pink, translucent to transparent; a “stone of innocence and discovery,” it nurtures self-love and respect of others.
- Rose Quartz is a massive form of Quartz, pale to deep reddish-pink, opaque to translucent; a “stone of beauty and love,” it promotes compassion, appreciation and soothing calm.
- Prase is a leek-green Quartzite (rock rather than a mineral) with actinolite inclusions; an “earth mother” stone, it resolve conflicts and calms nerves.
- Prasiolite is Green Amethyst; leek-green and rare naturally, it is often heat-treated; it provides a bridge between the body, mind and spirit.
- Smokey Quartz s transparent smoky brown to dark gray; it is a premiere grounding stone, dissipating emotional and environmental negativity.
- Tiger’s, Hawk’s, and Cat’s Eye is Quartz layered with chatoyant strips of asbestos and hornblende; Tiger’s Eye is golden brown, Hawk’s or Falcon’s Eye is blue-black, and Cat’s Eye is green to greenish-gray. These are stones of action, pride, protection, and reflecting back negative energies.
- Agate is usually banded in layers and forms in every color; it is a stabilizing and strengthening stone, facilitating acceptance of one’s self.
- Carnelian is translucent pale orange to deep red-orange; it is a stone of motivation and endurance, leadership and courage.
- Chalcedony varies in color and pattern, blue is a favorite; the “speaker’s stone,” it encourages peace-making and carefully choosing one’s words.
- Chrysoprase is green, usually opaque, and one of Chalcedony’s rarest; it is a stone of the heart and promotes love of truth, hope and fidelity.
- Onyx is opaque layers of black, brown, gray, black/white or red/white, and is often carved in cameos; it provides inner strength, stability and fortitude.
- Sard is brown Chalcedony with a reddish hue; it is a protective stone, dispelling negative influences and providing inner strength.
- Chert is brown, gray or black and resembles Flint, but is more brittle; it aids memory, and is a stone of stability and daily productivity.
- Flint is brown, gray or black, solid or layered, and very hard; a stone of grounding, it promotes understanding, communication and integrity.
- Jasper is opaque, large-grained and found in all colors, most always layered or patterned; a “supreme nurturer,” it is revered as sacred, protective, and encourages humility and compassion.
- Heliotrope or Bloodstone is dark green with red spots; a stone of the sun and legendary bearer of Christ’s blood, it promotes healing, selflessness and idealism.
WHERE TO FIND THEM:
All types of quartz can be found in almost every continent. Clear Quartz is very common in North America, Australia and Madagascar. It can also be found in Israel, Russia, Brazil, Uruguay, Namibia, Morcoo, Switzerland, Scotland and France.