Clear Quartz is a stone of amplifying, balance, and healing. Also referred to as Rock Crystal, Ice Crystal, Crystal Quartz, and a "Master Healer Stone", it is a silicate and a birthstone for April, along with Diamond. The best beginner crystal, it is possibly the most popular, abundant, versatile, and widely used crystal in the mineral kingdom, being found in things like clocks, cellphones, radios, medical technology, jewelry, decorations, countertops, and even concrete. First recorded in 300 B.C. by Theophrastus, it was called κρύσταλλος or kristallos, meaning "ice" in Greek and signifying the ancient belief that Quartz was encapsulated in ice , although it has been used and valued far before this, even being rumored to have been used to harness the sun's rays as a source of solar energy refraction in the lost ancient societies of Atlantis and Lemuria . Historically, Clear Quartz has also been used by African tribes, ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Indigenous Americans, Romans, Scots, and so many other cultures for diagnosing and healing illnesses, meditation, protection from evil, rituals, funerals, spiritual development, and so much more .
Clear Quartz is so abundant that it can be found all over the world, however the largest sources of this mineral include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It can also be found in places such as the Himalayas, India, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Tibet, and can even be found in your own backyard in rocks like granite, quartzite, and sandstone.
Quartz is a large category of crystals that come in many shapes and colors, while Clear Quartz is the clear, colorless, base variety of it. For simplicity, "Clear Quartz" and just "Quartz" are interchangeable in this article since they have identical properties while other varieties carry their own in addition to the base properties of Quartz.
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Appearance of Quartz
Chemical Formula: SiO2 (Silicon Dioxide)
Crystal System: Trigonal
Mohs Hardness: 7
Colors: Clear, Colorless, White
Clear Quartz is the most notable macrocrystalline form of Quartz, meaning its crystal formations are larger and can be seen without a microscope (see Varieties for more information). As an igneous rock composed of oxygen and silicon, it crystallizes and forms around magma and hypothermal vents . It can form in so many shapes and combinations, with everything from clusters to terminated points, and can even have inclusions and impurities that make it a new type of Quartz entirely. However, Clear Quartz alone is distinctive for its crystal-clear appearance that makes it transparent like glass.
NOTE: Although not as strong as Diamond, its April birthstone counterpart, it is still very durable, making it good in most all conditions. It will not fade or breakdown in water or sunlight and may withstand high temperatures, sometimes it can even be cleaned with stronger chemicals, although it is not indestructible and can still be chipped or shattered if dropped or hit hard enough.
Healing Properties of Quartz
Amplified Energy, Cleansing, Connection, Harmony, Health, Mental Strength, Peace, Purification
Metaphysically, Clear Quartz is a stone that transmutes negative energy to amplify positive energy. It can protect the aura and shield from EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies) to open divine communication and connection to higher realms, like angels, spirit guides, and even your inner child. It can also open the heart and mind to divine love and guidance for spiritual attunement, awakening, and development, making meditation easier. All of this can enhance psychic abilities and intuition, and with affirmations and visualization, Clear Quartz can be programmed to bring manifestations to light. Not to mention, it can amplify the healing properties of other crystals, making this crystal very helpful for manifestation and finding your purpose.
Emotionally and mentally, Clear Quartz is highly balancing. It can take stress and tension and turn it into extra energy to be used for stabilizing the mind. This can include enhancing mental abilities like concentration, focus, and memory, as well as encouraging acceptance, joy, perseverance, and self-confidence to make you feel more harmonious with yourself and your friendships.
Physically, Clear Quartz is known for healing, which includes the physical body. It can help with everything from soothing burns, dental pain, motion sickness, and heartburn, to supporting the circulatory system, immune system, kidneys, and muscles. It can improve thyroid health and metabolism to balance hormones and support pregnancy, weight loss, and nutrient absorption. It can encourage faster and healthier recovery as well as enhance resistance to disease and rid the body of toxins afterwards. On top of this, when it comes to brain health, Clear Quartz can improve sleep and ease headaches by relieving insomnia, migraines, and vertigo, which can lead to increased vitality.
Black Tourmaline, the most common form of Tourmaline, is a highly protective stone and another great beginner crystal to go with Clear Quartz. Black Tourmaline focuses on healing the root chakra at the base of the body by absorbing negative energy, deflecting it from entering its environment, and grounding us to remain calm and collected. Clear Quartz, in turn, focuses on healing the crown chakra at the top of the body by transmuting negative energy, amplifying positive energy, and giving us space to work on inner healing and communicate with higher realms. Together, they make an unstoppable force that can attract positivity to surround its environment in joy and light, release harmful patterns, encourage communication and travel to higher realms, and protect us while doing this. Such a powerful pairing, it can even be found naturally as Tourmalinated Quartz (Quartz with Tourmaline inclusions).
|If you are looking to specifically amplify energy, then try Citrine, Red Jasper, and/or Labradorite.||If you are looking to specifically bring balance, then try Ametrine, Smoky Quartz, and/or Tiger's Eye.||If you are looking to specifically bring healing, then try Lapis Lazuli, Peridot, and/or Rose Quartz.|
Varieties of Quartz
As mentioned, Clear Quartz is the most notable macrocrystalline variety of Quartz, meaning its crystal formations are larger and can be seen without a microscope. This category of Quartz also includes Amethyst, Ametrine, Aventurine, Citrine, Dumortierite (Blue Quartz), Herkimer Diamond, Milky Quartz (Snow Quartz), Prasiolite (Green Amethyst), Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, and Tiger's Eye.
Cryptocrystalline or microcrystalline crystal formations have a dense structure that cannot be seen without a microscope. Usually labeled Chalcedony, these crystals are separated into two groups: fibrous and grainy. Fibrous microcrystalline Quartz includes Agate, Carnelian, Chalcedony, Chrysoprase, Onyx, Sard, and Sardonyx. Grainy microcrystalline Quartz includes Chert, Flint, Jasper, and Heliotrope (Bloodstone).
Here are some of these other varieties of Quartz:
Diamond vs Clear Quartz
Diamond is made of pure carbon formed in intense heat and pressure. While White Diamond and Clear Diamond are very distinct gems, Clear Quartz may be hard to differentiate at first glance, especially in faceted and cut forms (the commercial form of Diamonds). The best way to distinguish them is with tests and while density and durability will be harder to test at home, refractive index is easier to test at home, as Quartz placed in vegetable oil will mostly disappear, but Diamond will remain very distinct . However, the best way to tell if your gem is Diamond or Clear Quartz is to get them professionally tested.
Metaphysically, these gems also differ. While both Clear Quartz and Diamond amplify energy, heal, and purify, as well as bring mental clarity and positivity, Clear Quartz focuses more on individual balance and healing and Diamond focuses more on long-lasting innocence and love. Diamond's strength makes it a stone of invincibility and commitment, being a symbol of persistence and victory for the long run, especially in love, making it a popular stone for engagement rings.
NOTE: We do not condone crystals and/or minerals as a replacement for medical attention or professional help, as healing properties of crystals have not been 100% proven by science. If you are concerned about your health, please seek professional medical attention. Moreover, do not consume or place crystals and/or minerals inside of your body without professional consultation, as this can be dangerous.
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