|Three types of quartz I have on hand – large beads are
snow quartz, the pendant is a clear quartz point with
amethyst focal, and the chips are smokey quartz.
Quartz is one of the most common substances on earth, which is why it’s so easily attainable. It’s formed when super heated water with dissolved silicon cools on its way to the surface. As the silicon hardens, quartz veins are formed.
Because it’s so prevalent and is formed in so many different conditions, quartz comes in a wide variety of colors and formations. Amethyst and citrine are actually both different types of quartz, which formed in very specific conditions.
Historic Uses and Meanings
Since quartz is so beautiful and comes in so many different forms, it was viewed by many cultures as a mystical stone.
- In Japan, it was believed it to be the solid manifestation of the white dragon’s breath, while crystal balls have been used for centuries as tools to see into the future.
- Quartz amulets used to be worn in Japan to fend off “dropsy” or what we know today to be heart attacks.
- White quartz has been found in ancient Irish graves, indicating a spiritual meaning, perhaps in relation to the afterlife or rebirth.
- Some of the crystal skulls have been shown to be thousands of years old, at least. Though we don’t know what their original purpose is, modern day people have felt profound effects by them.
In addition to being used in watches, quartz is extremely popular in the metaphysical community. Crystal balls are still being used as divination, and the stone itself is thought to do direct and amplify energy, balance the environment, clear negativity, encourage dream recall and psychic protection.
Some types of quartz, like citrine, amethyst and rose quartz are thought to have their own unique properties.
Whether you believe any of these unique meanings or not, when you do use quartz in your creations, you’re continuing an ancient tradition of appreciation and creation of one of nature’s most unique stones.