The quartz stone is the real beginning for all gems that you know. This is the first stone that amazed with its beauty the first man. It is the same stone, which lies in almost every jewelry box. The stone, which is admired. And that’s the stone, I want to tell you about today.
Everyone knows quartz stone, doesn’t it?
”Quartz is the second-most-abundant mineral in Earth’s continental crust, after feldspar”.Quartz stone is the most common mineral on Earth. Click To Tweet
First of all, it can have a wide variety of colors and shades. It can form crystals of different sizes or also have a crystalline structure (the chalcedony).
In addition, relatively high strength allows to make quartz stone insertions in rings, earrings and brooches. People create also larger items out of it: ashtrays, bowls, vases. We also use quartz stone in the glass industry and watchmaking.
Quartz stone is one of the first minerals that people started to use. Click To Tweet
What is the real name of the Quartz stone?
The name “Quartz” comes from the German word “quartz”(which probably originated in Slavic, cf. Czech tvrdý (“hard”), Polish twardy (“hard”), Serbian and Croatian tvrd (“hard”), but, unfortunately, the scientific origin of its etymology is unclear. Also other names of this mineral and its variants: Mexican diamond, Tamerlane stone, arrows of Cupid and Venus hair.
The Ancient Greeks referred to quartz as κρύσταλλος (krustallos) derived from the Ancient Greek κρύος (kruos) meaning “icy cold”, because some philosophers (including Theophrastus) apparently believed the mineral to be a form of supercooled ice. Hence today, the term rock crystal (or rhinestone) people sometimes use as an alternative name for the purest form of quartz.
Quartz is the most common material that we can identify as the mystical substance maban in Australian Aboriginal mythology. People found it regularly in passage tomb cemeteries in Europe in a burial context, such as Newgrange or Carrowmore in Ireland. The Irish word for quartz is grianchloch, which means ‘sunstone’.
Quartz stone is the “father” of every precious stone
There are many different varieties of quartz. Several of them are semi-precious gemstones. Probably, since antiquity, varieties of quartz people most commonly used in the making jewelry and hard stone carvings, especially in Europe and the Middle East.
In its nature quarts is the “father” of every precious stone. There are some varieties of quartz stone:
– Citrine – has lemon-yellow color
– Aventurine – flickering stone, due to numerous inclusions of small flakes of mica or hematite (micaceous hematite)
– Quartzite – has yellowish or brownish-red color
– Prase – green stone (due to the inclusion of actinolite)
– Carnelian – it can have yellow, orange or red color
– Sarder (or sardside) – a reddish-brown or just brown stone
– Plasma – green stone
– Chrysoprase – apple-green colored stone with thin inclusions of silicates
– Onyx – black-and-white (banded) stone
Really, quartz stone, is a variety of the rhinestone. Furthermore, rhinestone with a columnar, needle rutile inclusions is called “Cupid’s Arrow”. A stone with golden threads – “Venus Hair”. The legend says that the love goddess during bathing has lost a strand of hair, this hair with water instantly turned into a pure transparent ice.
You can also find out cherry quartz, some people also encounter the name of volcanic quartz. It is a beautiful glass with reddish veils, dark pink scrolls, linear inclusions, which give to it a unique look. Therefore, most of jewelers produce it in China. The production method is in melting the quartz stone or glass in the furnace and adding dyes. Then glass is cooling, exciting and polishing.
Natural quartz stone, as well as its imitation, are in the same price category. Click To Tweet
Ancient use of the quartz stone
Romans machined glasses and other household items from the quartz stone. We know that the Emperor Nero had two splendid crystal goblets and the wine ladle. When Nero found out that his domination was over, he broke them, so that he “punished his century.” In conclusion, Roman doctors used quartz stone balls – the “burning-glass” – to cauterised wounds.
In ancient times people believed that due to quartz stone Earth gets the divine fire, so that ancients produced balls and lenses from this mineral. Seems like they believed that through these quartz products they could lit altars and temples.
Priests used quartz crystals for learning past and predicting future. Click To Tweet
People believed that all quartz stones (especially rhinestone) were a part of astral planet’s skin, and these crystals were a kind of recording devices, that store all of the signals that we got from the universe.
Since ancient times, insertions of such species as amethyst quartz, rock crystal, smoky quartz, chalcedony and citrine people used to decorate religious objects and household items, hence as well as clothing and weapons.
People also used quartz in Prehistoric Ireland, as well as many other countries, for stone tools; both vein quartz and rock crystal knapped as part of the lithic technology of the prehistoric people.
”While jade has been since earliest times the most epensive semi-precious stone for carving in East Asia and Pre-Columbian America, in Europe and the Middle East the different varieties of quartz people most commonly used for the various types of jewelry and hard stone carving, includingengraved gems and cameo gems, rock crystal vases, and extravagant vessels. The tradition continued to produce objects that were very expensive until the mid-19th century, when it largely fell from fashion except in jewelry. Cameo technique exploits the bands of color in onyx and other varieties”.
Quartz stone jewelry
Quartz has been used for jewelry manufacturing from the most ancient times. Click To Tweet
Even now archaeologists find products most of all made from this stone aged more than 9000 years. And today it is difficult to imagine the jewelry showcase without rings, bracelets or earrings made with rhinestone, amethyst, citrine and other minerals from the numerous family of quartz stone. Jewelers process quartz mineral insertions in a form of a cabochon.
Beautiful collectible smoky quartz stone comes from Brazil and Madagascar. And deposits of smoky quartz are also abundant in Russia (Southern and Middle Urals, Alpine-type veins in Polar Urals, Aldan, etc.)
Amethyst quartz stone has long been brought from Brazil, Uruguay and Sri Lanka first of all. Only in the 18th century amethyst deposits appeared in the Middle Urals. Now they mined in Kamchatka, Chukotka, Yakutia, the Caucasus, the Kola Peninsula and in Central Asia.
The most famous rhinestone has name of the “marmaroshsky diamond” because of its location – Marmaroshsky array in the Eastern Carpathians.
Jewelry made of quartz have a positive effect on the respiratory system, pendants with quartz facilitate for colds.To clean your quartz jewelry you don't require any special precautions. Click To Tweet
This material is difficult to scratch or damage by the detergent. In most cases, it is sufficient to wash it under running warm water to remove contamination and other people’s energy.
Druse of well-formed quartz crystals in its natural form can be a wonderful adornment.
Healing and magical properties of the quartz stone
Quartz stone is very beneficial to the body, if it is used as a filter for drinking water. Folk healers recommend the use quartz water for cosmetic purposes (water should be insisted on quartz). If you, before the bedtime, wash your face with quartz water – you can rejuvenate your skin, get rid of acne and improve skin elasticity and tone. It is also good for the hand’s skin to do the bath with a quartz water.
Quartz stone group minerals have medicinal properties. They are attracting love, luck, success and material well-being. Quartz stone develops imagination and promotes active thinking processes.
Modern experts call quartz “The stone of illusions”, which experienced magicians, psychics and fortune-tellers can properly use in their magic. In addition, healers believe that quartz stone effectively cleans the space of negative energy.Quartz stone is suitable for all signs of the zodiac. Click To Tweet
Astrologers recommend wearing jewelry made of quartz stone to Scorpio and Libra. Also it will become a good helper to Aquarius. People born under other signs of the zodiac shouldn’t wear the quartz product as a piece of jewelry. They should carry it in the form of a crystal in the bosom or pocket.
Rhinestone, for example, fits all and each zodiac sign, it acts as a guardian. Click To Tweet
But citrine, morion and rauchtopaz are not recommended for Scorpios. Lions and Aries should have citrine jewelry, it will bring an extraordinary luck to them. Also astrologers offer Aquarius to pay a special attention at Amethyst, this stone is ideal for them.
As you can see, almost every quartz soothes the mind, relieves fears and helps to overcome stress. I hope you enjoyed this post 🙂