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Quartz is perhaps one of the most common but also the most diverse, in terms of colour crystal or rock form in the world. It has been known and appreciated since pre-historic times. The most ancient name known is recorded by Theophrastus in about 300-325 BCE is kristallos. The ancients believed that kristallos was a permanent form of solidified ice.
From ancient times to more recent times various other names for quartz were:
Eventually, we got 'Quarz' in German, 'quarzum' in Latin and 'quartz' in English."
Science of Quartz
Quartz is found in the Earth's crust. If pure, quartz forms colourless, transparent and very hard crystals with a glass-like lustre. A significant component of many igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, this natural form of silicon dioxide is found in an astounding range of varieties and colours.
Colours of Quartz
from colourless, purple, rose, red, black, yellow, brown, green, blue, orange, etc. Clear quartz is also coloured by mineral inclusions such as dendrites, gold and brookite to name a few.
Properties of Quartz
Transparency: Transparent, Translucent
Hardness: 7 on Mohs scale
Certain quartz show of amazing optical illusions such as stars and eye better known as star quartz or tiger's eye.
Quartz is found all over the world:
China, India, Turkey, Spain, Brazil, USA, Germany, Italy, Canada, Egypt, Norway, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Belgium, Russia, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, Madagascar
Some of the best and the most beautiful jewellery is made with quartz - feast your eyes on these.
Quartz is one of the most prolific and beautiful crystal forms found on this planet and it is one of the least expensive crystals. Quartz has metaphysial properties depending on its inclusions but its basic property is energy. Quartz is able to discharge positive energy and dispel negative energy. This energy is present in all modern technologies, mother boards of laptops and PCs, microchips of mobiles and medical instruments.
More importantly though, all life, but in particular the human, us, can benefit by surrounding ourselves with natural quartz crystals or wearing natural quartz crystal jewellery.
After writing this article, I came across this image which nudged me to the connection between sand and quartz and I had that d'oh! moment!
Sand is a sediment and quartz is a mjor component of sedimentary rock. Over a long time period and with weathering actions, the rock disintegrates and left behind is quartz crystals in the form of sand grains. So somewhere in the creation of this sculpture, quartz is there playing its part in showing off the beauty and the memories of those very particular days on Normandy Beach.
Find your quartz crystals
Credit & Talent
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Image 1 - all images from Top Rocks
Image 2 - colours of quartz
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