Learn about the crystal meanings and metaphysical and healing properties lore of quartz including power, energy and protection.
Alternate Names & Name Spellings: Rock Crystal, Crystal Quartz, Universal Crystal, Clear Quartz (which is the stone behind all the shades and colors)
Chemical Composition: SiO2 (Silicon Dioxide)
Hardness (Mohs): 7
Color(s): Clear, White, Pink (Rose Quartz), Brown, Gray, Black, Green, Blue, Orange, Purple (Amethyst), Yellow (Citrine), Purple and Yellow (Ametrine), and others
Transparency: Transparent, Translucent
Habit: widely variable, trigonal-trapezohedral, crystals often columnar
Common Locations: Found all over the world, most notably Brazil and Arkansas, USA.
Rock Lore & Tidbits: Quartz is the most common stone on the planet. It is a component of a huge variety of rock types, and comes in an extensive range of colors and varieties such as agate and jasper. Many colors of quartz or formations have their own names, such as amethyst for purple quartz.
The word quartz is thought to come from the German word "quarz", but the origin of that word is not known. The word crystal, however, comes from the Greek word "krystallos" which means ice.
There are many traditional uses of quartz. Ancient Japanese believed quartz formed from the breath of a white dragon, and regarded it as representing perfection. Australian Aborigines used quartz in rain rituals. Crystals skulls were reportedly made by Atlanteans and are believed by some to be living entities. Clear quartz formed into spheres have been used as crystal balls to predict the future at least since the middle ages.
Quartz can be manufactured or imitated. Manufactured quartz is created from the same components as real quartz but is made by man. Imitation quartz varies widely, but is commonly some type of glass with or without coloring or inclusions. Many decorative crystals such as Swarovski crystals are not quartz crystal at all, though they are very beautiful and have their own meanings.
Note that quartz dust can cause severe inhalation problems in sufficient quantities.
Crystal Meanings Lore of Quartz
Keywords: Power, Energy, Clarity
Quartz i is the most recognized type of crystal. In fact, many people envision quartz crystals when they think of crystals, even though there are many different types of crystals. Quartz can be icy clear or have inclusions, veils, bubbles, and various colors. Visual clarity normally isn't important to a quartz's energetic quality and ability to amplify subtle energies.
Quartz s a power stone. It has been called the "Universal Crystal" because of its many uses. It enhances energy by absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing and transmitting. It channels universal energy. Quartz also enhances thoughts, as they are a form of energy. Because it directs and amplifies energy, it is extremely beneficial for manifesting, healing, meditation, protection, and channeling. It is also beneficial for storing and retrieving information of all types, as information is a form of energy pattern also. This makes them particularly good for programming to use for a particular purpose. Due to its ability to balance, quartz is excellent for harmonizing and balancing one's environment. Quartz is also good for energizing other crystals.
Quartz is a stone of clarity which dispels negativity and clears away negative energy. It can be used to purify and clarify on the spiritual, mental, and physical planes. It is powerfully protective because of these properties. Quartz enhances spiritual growth, spirituality and wisdom. Because it clarifies thought processes and emotions, it can increase inspiration and creativity. It can also help particularly with concentration, studying, and retaining what one learns. Quartz is also a stone of harmony because it balances energies, and is even helpful in romantic relationships.
Psychically, quartz is a powerful stone. It is used for psychic protection because it counters black magic and protects from negative energy. Quartz is very useful on the third eye chakra for clarity of psychic vision, and can be used to communicate with spirits and other worlds. Quartz is a stone that can access ancient wisdom and bring it into the present. It is a very good stone for astral travel, manifestation, scrying, channeling, dream recall and dream work.
Quartz is a Master Healer stone. It is an excellent all purpose crystal healer stone. It is said to amplify healing energy and is used to perform diagnostic healing. It has been used historically to detect food poison. It is said to draw out pain. Quartz is used in crystal healing to strengthen all body systems. Quartz is reputed to be particularly effective for chronic fatigue, arthritis, bone injuries, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, intestinal troubles. It also is said to improve mental and physical energy, stamina, and physical strength. Note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information.
Manufactured quartz can have the same energies as natural quartz, though some disagree or are unable to feel this in crystal energy at work. Imitation quartz such as cherry quartz, which is a glass, would have the metaphysical properties of the actual material.
All types of quartz have the basic properties noted. For properties associated with different varieties of quartz such as amethyst, citrine, rutilated quartz and others, see the page for that particular type. The Q Stones page has more information on some different varieties of quartz.
More on Quartz, from My Personal Perspective
Quartz is quite possibly the most fascinating mineral on the planet. It grows in the crystal forms you're used to, as well as crypto- and micro- crystalline forms such as seen in rose quartz. In a large way, it's the underlying power in many crystals, even ones as diverse looking as Tiger Eye and Quantum Quattro Silica.
If I was standed on a desert island, the one crystal I would be lost without would be a quartz crystal. It's the ultimate metaphysical crystal tool. It's easily programmable. It's protective. It generates a boat load of crystal power. And it's the most powerful overall crystal healing stone I've ever seen, bar none.
Special hat tip to Mindat.org for mineral information on this stone.