Quartz is a generic term for crystalline Silicon Dioxide (SiO2). Silicon is the most common mineral found in the Earth’s crust, and is found virtually everywhere. Common sand is primarily composed of fine grains of Quartz.
Quartz crystals range in size from the microscopic to the gigantic. The Graves Museum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has on display a naturally double-terminated single Quartz crystal only slightly smaller than a Volkswagen (and weighing more!)
Pure Quartz is colorless, however impurities and included minerals can give the crystals color.
There are a wide variety of gems that are, essentially, varieties of Quartz. These include crystalline varieties, such as:
Rock Crystal, and
Cryptocrystalline varieties (not formed into clearly distinct crystals) include:
Chatoyant (Cat’s Eye and Tiger’s Eye)
And in a class of its own, is the Opal, a form of hydrated Silicon Dioxide, with water trapped in the crystalline matrix.
Most of these will be discussed individually, however, and we will confine this page to a discussion of those stones actually referred to as “Quartz.”
This is a “programmable” stone, meaning that one using it can charge it with a variety of types of energy. It can receive, store, activate, amplify and transmit energy. It is a great aid for meditation.
In and of itself, however, it is a powerful all-around healer. It is also used to amplify the powers of other crystals, and is frequently found on the table of a Tarot reader, for example, to help one clarify his or her own psychic readings. It is especially useful in helping us to focus, concentrate and control our thoughts, intentions and actions. It stimulates brain functions, amplifying thought forms while at the same time helping to balance the emotions.
White Quartz activates the Crown Chakra, and helps to promote clarity of mind. It has an affinity with the Archangel Rafael, and aids in study and concentration. At the same time, this crystal has natural prismatic effects, and can split beams of white light into the seven basic colors of the rainbow, each of which relates to one of the Chakras, simultaneously activating all levels of consciousness.
It aids in helping us to listen to our Higher Selves and our Spirit Guides. It also helps to dispel negativity, both in our environment and in our own personal energy fields.
This crystal also helps to stimulate the healthy function of the pineal and pituitary glands.
Rose Quartz . At the same time, it helps one to achieve emotional release.
This stone has even been used to encourages a clear and beautiful complexion and to prevent wrinkles. It works on the Thymus Gland to help with weight reduction. (color fades in direct sunlight)
Rose Quartz has been shown to help maintain a healthy heart and circulatory system, as well as aiding the kidneys and urinary tract. It helps with sexual dysfunction and infertility, while easing emotional imbalance.
As a healing stone, Smoky Quartz aids in the proper functioning of the adrenals, the kidneys and the pancreas. It has a relaxing effect, helping to block negativity, and aiding in meditation. It also helps develop ones latent abilities as a Channel, or Medium.
Smoky Quartz stimulates and purifies the base Chakra and stimulates the movement of Kundalini Energy by channeling the white light energy of the Crown Chakra into the First Chakra.
It is believed to help one come to terms with their own circumstances, becoming more acceptant of their own bodies and lives. It helps us to make our dreams into reality. It stimulates pride, self respect and self esteem.
In Scotland, those fighting for independence frequently set the Cairngorm in the hilts of dirks and daggers, where it was believed to enhance endurance and strength.
Smoky Quartz is especially useful for grounding and draining away negative energy.
It increases fertility, balances sexual energy and helps to alleviate depression.
Sleeping with a Smoky Quartz under the pillow can help one remember and understand the significance of dreams.
The most common colors for Rutile in Rutilated Quartz are golden, silvery, pinkish gold and coppery colors however other colors ranging from red to black are sometimes seen. The golden needles in Clear Quartz are particularly beautiful and possess an extremely high energy.
In terms of healing, Rutilated Quartz boosts the immune system while energizing and balancing the body, mind and spirit. It helps stimulate tissue regeneration and slows the diseases associated with aging. It prevents depression, eases fear and paranoia, and helps one find inspiration. Rutilated Quartz also helps us to integrate the Universal Life Force into our bodies.
also stimulates brain functions, boosts clairvoyance, thought projection and
other psychic gifts. It also helps
in finding answers to questions, particularly those requiring access to
past-life memories or the Akashic records.
The black, which tends to neutralize negativity, works with the white, to enhance positive energy. This is a crystalline example of the Yin-Yang principle made manifest, balancing light and dark, male and female. In Magickal work, Tourmalinated Quartz is used to aid in astral projection.
Herkimer Diamond: This is a spectacularly clear type of quartz crystal, with exceedingly high vibration. It is a potent energizer and amplifier, and is good for helping to cleanse the Aura. Herkimer Diamonds reduce stress by balancing and purifying energy within the body/mind/spirit.
It stores energy and thought forms, along with a variety of other types of information. It also encourages memory and interpretation of dream messages and enhances a variety of psychic gifts.
many other green stones, Green Quartz is especially useful in spells and rituals
designed to promote prosperity.
Other Uses: Aside from their healing, esthetic and Magickal properties, Quartz crystals also have important industrial uses, primarily deriving from their piezoelectric qualities. These qualities make it extremely important in electronics. Many solid-state devices, including transistors and microchips owe much to the physical properties of silicon, the primary ingredient in Quartz.
It is no coincidence that the center of computer development in the United States has been nicknamed “Silicon Valley.”
The major ingredient in glass, Silicon is also used as an alloying agent or a flux in the smelting of metals.