- Origin of the name : From ancient Greek, "krystallos" means "ice".
- Belonging group : Quartz
- Chemical composition : Silicon dioxide, SiO2.
- Hardness : 7
- Crystal System : Rhombic
- Deposits : Worldwide. The most beautiful are from Brazil, Arkansas, Madagascar, the Alps.
- Colors : Transparent, colorless. But also many colors.
Rock crystal, also known as "Quartz", is a mineral present on all continents, which explains its omnipresence in cultural traditions around the world. Ancient Greek philosophers, such as Theophrastus, believed that this stone was a variety of ice so cold that it could not thaw. It is thanks to this belief that we have been able to make sense of the etymology of the name "crystal". In ancient Greek, "krystallos" means "ice".
Each ancient culture gave a particular meaning to this mineral, whose appearance dates back to Prehistory. In Japan, scholars believed it symbolized space, purity and patience. More surprisingly, the ancients thought it was alive, breathing once every hundred years or so. Many cultures considered it to be the earthly embodiment of the Divine.
Native cultures in North America, in particular, also treated him as a sentient being and offered him food and offerings. In Australia and South America, he was closely associated with creation myths. For the Aborigines, it continues to be the instrument of choice for shamans. It is strongly associated with the powers of vision.
For the inhabitants of Central and South America, like the indigenous peoples of Brazil, it was assimilated to a vessel. The spirits of the ancestors were placed in pure matter urns. It could also be carved in the shape of a skull and was used as an amulet.
In Scotland and Ireland, crystals were carved into spheres. According to popular belief, these crystals were endowed with metaphysical powers to alleviate the suffering of cows. The Egyptians also used them in funerary rites, especially during the passage of souls. They placed it on the third eye chakra to help the deceased pass into the next world.
It is also of great commercial importance because it was the basis for the production of a wide variety of jewelry. It should be noted that the gems, gem, in English, are impure, because they are Quartz with inclusions. Some gems can lose their color saturation over a period of time in daylight, according to an American site specialized in gemmology: "some gems can lose their color saturation over a period of time in daylight."
It is sometimes synthesized by the electronics industry for commercial purposes, as it is in this material that most of the key components of our devices such as smartphones, computers, televisions and cameras are manufactured. Synthetic Quartz is made by recrystallizing its natural foundation to obtain one with fewer impurities. Whether it is monocrystalline, microcrystalline, natural or partially synthetic, it possesses exceptional powers, which lithotherapy therapists have been able to take advantage of. The knowledge of its virtues has thus crossed the centuries, and seems to be on the right path to endure.
Its chemical composition was discovered by the Swedish chemist Jöns Jakob Berzelius in 1823. It is a siliceous rock, so its chemical formula is SiO2. Like many silicas, like flint, its fracture is conchoidal. In addition, it is very hard, standing at 7 on the Mohs scale, and is very resistant to erosion. You might be able to take a picture of it during a walk on the beach!
The most exploited deposits are found in Brazil, the United States, France, Austria and Madagascar, nevertheless, it is found everywhere and in almost all types of rocks: sedimentary, metamorphic and magmatic. In gemmology, experts distinguish two forms. When it consists of a single large crystal, it is monocrystalline, while if it is composed of dense and compact aggregates of microscopic crystals, it is microcrystalline. Examples include agate and chert, citrine, pink and smoky quartz, and tiger's eye.
The various "microcrystalline" types are generally grouped under the term chalcedony, although this term has a stricter definition in the scientific literature. It is worth mentioning that chalcedony contains small amounts of another polymorph SiO2, morganite. It is therefore not always pure.
It can take many configurations and colors, including black, yellow, green or pink. More variety names are attributed to it than to any other mineral! If it is purple, for example, we speak of amethyst, while if it is yellow, it will be citrine. Nothing is more impressive than the brilliance of the colors of this type of rock, which even stands out in photographs.
However, the name "Quartz" is confusing. In reality, when it is pure, it is milky white and consists of individual crystals or aggregates of transparent crystals. We are therefore far from the image of rock with vivid colors, like those of amethyst! If it is with inclusion, it can be rich in iron, which is not the case in its pure state. Amethyst is again a perfect example, because its hue is due to traces of iron.
In addition, those that are well crystallized are usually composed of six-sided prisms with steep pyramidal endings. They can be truncated, elongated or acicular, i.e. they have the appearance of needles. The term acicular takes its name from the Latin word acicula, which translates as "small needle". In most environments, they are attached to the host material and have only one point, but double-terminated crystals are also found. These are often twins. The most famous form of twinning is that of Japanese twins, where two crystals come into contact at a 90° angle.
Quartz Meaning and Properties
Quartz Metaphysical Properties
She is the queen of lithotherapy! The quartz stone is not used like any other rock, because it plays a role of amplifier. It is ideal to amplify the powers of another spiritual accessory, with which it will make synergy. Associated with the eye of tiger, which is a gem of protection, its strength will be multiplied: it represents a shield more against theft or any type of aggression. It will be the same for all the other rocks.
Its ability to be programmed is part of its many qualities. It is a relevant gift to give to relatives who are committed to a spiritual path, but who keep reserves. Indeed, it is addressed to so-called Cartesian people, stubborn and entrenched in their ideas, because it opens to new concepts. For the more experienced, know that it has no dedicated chakra. It is used on all the chakras, in order to reopen and energize them. This versatility makes it a "generic", "neutral" instrument.
However, if it is well mastered, this stone increases the gifts of mediumnity, as it opens the coronal canal and the third eye. It also amplifies the intention programmed in it and the vibration: in a meditation room, for example, it increases the vibratory rate. One must be careful about its location. If it is placed in a place that absorbs a lot of negative energy (this can be the workplace), it should be cleaned regularly.
Finally, Quartz acts as a deep cleanser of the soul, purifying the body from within and the subtle bodies to connect the physical dimension to the spirit. It focuses on inner negativity and stimulates positive thoughts and feelings instead. It increases consciousness and clarity of thought, and provides increased energy, perseverance and patience. In short, it allows you to take your spiritual flight.
Aventurine Healing Properties
It is a master therapist rock, and can be used for any condition. Specialists believe it stimulates the immune and circulatory systems, improves energy flow and balances the body's energies. It is used to treat headaches, dizziness, motion sickness and regulates the metabolism. It fights against exhaustion and encourages weight loss. For heavy smokers who find it difficult to quit, this mineral prevents the urge to smoke.
Elixirs containing Quartz remove toxins from the system and treat digestive, kidney and bladder disorders. In addition, it soothes painful or injured areas, especially irritating hot sensations in the body, by relieving pain and eliminating blisters. A topical elixir is also beneficial in the treatment of skin disorders.
Thanks to its action on the brain, it brings strength and clarity, promoting both concentration and memory elasticity. It also filters any distraction. Its hypnotic character is directly related to the quality of sleep it provides. During a deep sleep, it facilitates the understanding of messages and lessons conveyed during the dream state.