After feldspar, quartz is the most abundant mineral present in our planet’s continental crust. Thus, it can be found on almost every continent. The most well known version is “pure” or “clear” quartz. It is also sometimes called “rock crystal,” “ice crystal” or “crystal quartz.” This type is transparent or translucent and colorless, and has commonly been used in the past in the making of hardstone carvings. It is a silicate mineral (a natural form of silicon dioxide) that exhibits frequent twinning, a Moh’s scale hardness of 7, a specific gravity of 2.65, a vitreous luster (but can be waxy or dull in massive form), and a white streak. It is piezoelectric and may also be triboluminescent. Aside from the well known clear version, quartz also comes in a range of colored varieties with special names, including rose quartz, citrine, smoky quartz, amethyst, jasper, cat’s eye, milky quartz, aventurine, ametrine, tourmaline and more. Each of these colored varieties possesses its own unique set of properties in addition to all of the properties of clear quartz.
In addition to amplifying the effects of other crystals, clear quartz is said to amplify thought and energy. It may also absorb and store energy and regulate its release, draw away all types of negative energy, revitalize and balance the emotional, mental and spiritual planes, enhance psychic abilities, improve memory, aid in concentration, harmonize the chakras, align subtle bodies, neutralize harmful radiation (including petrochemical emanations and electromagnetic smog), and cleanse the soul on a deep level, connecting the wearer’s mind to the physical dimension. Clear quartz is associated with the crown chakra, all zodiac signs, the sun, all of the elements, and the 10th wedding anniversary. It usually brings to mind energy, healing, harmony, calmness, clarity and psychic ability. Almost every civilization throughout history, as far back as Lemuria and Atlantis, has valued this crystal for its healing properties and used it as a religious object and/or in funerary rites and rituals.
In the world of physical healing as well as the metaphysical, clear quartz is known as a “master healer crystal.” Any person with any condition may benefit from its influence, and even the smallest specimens may have a great influence on their keepers. It is believed to maintain balance within the body, enhance overall energy flow and stimulate the circulatory and immune systems. Specifically, in the past, crystal healers have reported success in using clear quartz in the treatment of vertigo, motion sickness or dizziness, migraine headaches, and more. It is said to assist with matters pertaining to weight loss, exhaustion and the metabolism, and to soothe injured and/or painful areas of the body (particularly burns) by reducing blistering and drawing out pain. It may also be made into an elixir, which can then be used topically to treat skin disorders or taken internally to cure diarrhea and bladder or kidney infections, treat disorders of the digestive system and eliminate toxins from the patient’s body.