Quartz, also known as clear quartz, crystal quartz, or rock crystal, is the base mineral of a wide range of other stones. It is usually clear or translucent, and can also be somewhat milky-white in appearance. It often appears to have plate-like cracks running through it, and generally grows in crystals that are long and roughly hexagonal with a naturally faceted point. Most quartz crystals have only one termination point, but some have two; these are called double-terminated quartz crystals. This mineral can also grow in other patterns, such as concretions, compact masses, or fibrous forms.

quartz matte smooth round beadsQuartz is used in watches, microphones, radio transmitters, and other electronic devices due to the fact that it can convert mechanical energies (such as pressure) into electrical energy, a phenomenon known as piezoelectricity. It is also the main component of man-made glass.

Quartz has a Mohs hardness of 7 and a trigonal crystal structure.

It is the alternate birthstone for April (the main one being diamond).

Location: Quartz is the most ubiquitous of stones, being found on every continent and possibly in every country in the world.

Properties: Above all,  quartz is known for its ability to amplify the energies of other stones. It acts like a megaphone for small stones or those with quieter energies, making them much more easily felt and increasing their effectiveness. It also amplifies thoughts and intentions directed towards it, making it useful for exercises in manifestation. For this reason, it is important to cleanse quartz often, as it tends to retain traces of other energies. In fact, one can intentionally “program” a quartz crystal with a particular thought or feeling that they want to put out into the world. This property makes quartz helpful in prayer, meditation, healing work, and psychic endeavors. It also can enhance clarity and facilitate communication. Its versatility also means that it resonates with every chakra.

It may have the ability to stimulate the nervous system and aid in growth of hair and fingernails.

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