It is the most popular mineral in the Earth's crust. We can find it in the most ordinary sand and gravel, but its varieties are also beautiful amethysts, lemons, agates, opals and jaspers. One of the legends says that the name of quartz, or rather its variety - rock crystal, comes from the Greek word "krystallos", meaning ice. Quartz was believed to be ice created by deities.
This mineral is used in an enormous number of fields; from the production of electronics, through detergents and scientific equipment to goldsmithing. Its high hardness (7 on the Mohs scale) makes this mineral ideal for jewelery processing.
Quartz in history
Already in the 12th century BC, the Phoenicians used rose quartz as an amulet, which was to promote fertility, protect from evil, and turn enemies into friends. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans also believed in the power of pink quartz. In addition to talismans, they used it to detoxify the body of toxins, and as an antitoxin. In Egypt, in addition to the esoteric protection with pink quartz, mountain crystals were used, which acted as lenses, helping to kindle fire with focused sun rays.
Since the dawn of history, quartz has been used in the production of ornaments, sculptures, vases, objects of religious worship or for making jewelry. Its global presence and variety of varieties have attracted artisans of various fields for centuries.
Quartz - a stone with many faces
Quartz can be a colorless or colored crystal. Its most popular varieties are clear rock crystal and amethyst, as well as rose quartz and smoky quartz. Rose quartz is said to attract good energy, and advocates of alternative medicine believe it supports the immune and circulatory systems. The universal property of quartz seems to relieve stress and improve the concentration of those who wear it.
The strength and hardness of quartz make it an ideal material for jewelers and craftsmen. It cannot be scratched with steel, so it creates not only extremely beautiful, but also durable jewelry. The richness of colors that this mineral offers allows you to create an almost infinite number of jewelry designs.