There are a huge variety and sub-varieties of quartz, which will be examined over several days. Today covers A to B.
Quartz is a large family of minerals and gemstones, which can be found in all sorts of colours, and usually have individual names of their own, see below for a brief list.
Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals in the world. Sand is mostly comprised of quartz; even the dust in the air is high in quartz content. The most well-known form of quartz is clear rock crystal, and it may be found throughout the world. Particularly fine specimens are currently found in Brazil, the United States, the Swiss Alps, the Himalayas, Peru, and Madagascar. The largest single quartz crystal recorded was approximately 20 feet long and weighed more than 48 tons.
It was claimed that when priests used this stone when entering a temple or church that all prayers would be granted.
Most quartzes are manmade glass originating from China, such as cherry quartz, opalised quartz, moonstone quartz, pineapple quartz, blueberry quartz, watermelon quartz, pepper quartz and cloud quartz.
The stones are mined in literally thousands of places, indeed some have even been located in space. The most popular sources of quartz remain in Brazil, France, Mexico, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the US.
They are not only ideal gemstones but are also valuable in industry, from watches, to porcelains to paints, and quartz is well-known for exhibiting electrical tendencies.
Quartz is said to be a cleansing stone, one which increases energy and self-esteem. It amplifies the properties of any crystal in its vicinity.
Health: excellent clearing, healing stone, eliminates pain, kidney & bladder infections. Helps ear infections, and hearing by moving over the affected area in small circles until it is gone. Aids balance problems by holding for around 30 minutes whilst laid down. Do this each day until the condition improves.
Good for the heart, to aid MS, exhaustion, ME, obesity, spine problems and weight loss. Helpful with back aches and pains. Also said to be helpful in regulating blood sugars when worn continually by a diabetes sufferer.
Starsign: all astrological signs
Chakras: all chakras
AFGHAN QUARTZ: Sometimes known as afghan diamond quartz. Rare varieties have pockets of
yellow liquid petroleum plant oil inclusions, known as Golden Enhydro Quartz.The half a billion year-old liquid petroleum oil was trapped inside the double terminated quartz crystal when it formed. You can sometimes see bubbles moving in the pockets of yellow liquid using an eye glass.
AGNITITE QUARTZ: a trademarked name for a milky quartz with red tints. Rare, and is found only in Africa. The name Agnitite is Sandskrit for fire. It is a hematite-based quartz.
Health: the hematite in the stone works well to ease the blood and circulatory system.
Chakra: works well with the base chakra.
AJO QUARTZ: A blue-white translucent stone which is rare. Found in South Africa, the US and Zimbabwe. A quartz which contains the semi-precious stone Ajoite. Good for meditation. A female stone.
Chakra: opens the higher chakras.
ALLIGATOR QUARTZ: available In many different colours and varieties, i.e. clear, smokey etc, but with an alligator pattern inside the quartz.
Colour: clear, snow white, hints of peach and lemon.
History: found in Brazil and South Africa.
Amphibole Quartz is also known as Angel Phantom Quartz.
This is an unusual stone with a delicate feminine energy. It’s distinct coloured inclusions can include red Hematite, white Kaolinite and yellow/peach Limonite.
Amphibole Quartz can provide the perfect place for meditation.
Colour: Apricot, peach.
Found in: Brazil.
Also known as Papaya Quartz, this is a rare stone which is said to ease blockages of energy and ideas. Good for bringing peace to those who have suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse in their pasts.
AQUA AURA QUARTZ:
Aqua Aura is created when Clear Quartz crystals are super-heated in a vacuum and infused with vaporized Gold. This precious metal condenses onto the surface of the quartz crystal to form a permanent bond with the lattice of the quartz.
Chakra: can be used to activate the Throat, Third-Eye and Crown Chakras.
AQUA QUARTZ: reduces feelings of stress and calms the emotions. In times of challenge it gently offers reassurance and hope and brings to the surface that which needs to be expressed. It aids digestion, reduces inflammation of the intestines and works well to heal disorders of the throat.
ARKANSAS QUARTZ: An excellent all-round healer Quartz.
Colour: clear, white, rainbow flashes of colour.
Found in: India.
A rare stone which is said to activate the body’s defences against illness. They are said to reduce swelling and aid healing.
Different colours have different properties:
Blue Aurora Quartz - Brings peace and healing. Said to clear polluted earth and water.
Brown Aurora Quartz - Purifies the atmosphere in the home, the car or at work. Said to be protective, and brings energy and vitality.
Green Aurora Quartz - Brings calm to difficult situations, together with a sense of rationality.
Gold Aurora Quartz - Helps with healing.
Red Aurora Quartz - Brings creativity and motivation.
BABYLON QUARTZ: Also known as Cathedral Quartz When a central large crystal is surrounded by smaller, parallel grown crystals that are tightly attached to the central one, the specimen may look like the tower of a cathedral.
BETA QUARTZ: Some of the oldest crystals on the planet. They can aid in making positive changes in life.
BLACK QUARTZ : See Morion Quartz.
BLACK TOURMALINE QUARTZ: Also known as Schorl, which is most commonly the type of Tourmaline found embedded in Quartz. It is good at blocking negativity, making it a wonderful stone for releasing fear and worry, and for protection of one’s energy field. Black Tourmaline is also used for clearing away electromagnetic pollution from sources such as computers and cell (mobile) phones.
BLUE QUARTZ: A calming and spiritual stone. Only found in Brazil. Good for self-reliance, and happiness.
Health: It is said to be good for the circulatory system by cleansing impurities from the blood. It is said to boost the organs and the immune system. Aids metabolism. When worn or held, it is said to ease heart problems such as putting the heart muscles back into a normal rhythm
Chakra: throat chakra.
Starsign: Taurus, Libra.
BLUE CRACKLE QUARTZ:
Health: Helps ear infections and hearing, balance by moving over the affected area in small circles until it is gone. Helpful with back aches and pains. Aids balance problems by holding for around 30 minutes whilst laid down. Do this each day until the condition improves. Also said to be helpful in regulating blood sugars when worn continually by a diabetes sufferer. Said, when held or worn, to reduce the symptoms and aches of ME. When carried or worn, or applied directly to the most painful areas, it is said to be beneficial in easing the symptoms of MS. For obesity, carry or wear, and meditate on, this stone each day, particularly before mealtimes.
BRANDEBURG SCEPTRE QUARTZ:
Colour: clear with smoke patterns, and often interesting interior pockets of air or water.
REFERENCES & BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Arcarti K (2003): Mobius Guide to Gems and Crystals
Gienger M (2007) Healing Crystals
Hall J (2009): Crystal Bible 2
Scott MJ & Mariani G (2002) Crystal Healing for Animals
Photograph of clear quartz: taken from Mindat, copyright © Patrice Cmolik
More photographs can be found here: http://www.mindat.org/photoscroll.php?frm_id=pscroll&cform_is_valid=1&searchbox=Quartz
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