Ordinary yet extraordinary, clear yet containing the entire color spectrum in its prism, quartz crystals are the most common and abundant in the world, comprising the largest and most diverse family in the mineral kingdom. Highly valued by spiritual leaders and healers as well as scientists, the unique attributes of quartz have played a key role in mankind’s evolutionary development.
Called the Perfect Jewel in ancient times, Clear Quartz has been valued by nearly every civilization including ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Romans, Native American Indians, African tribes, Scots and countless other cultures. They’ve used Clear Quartz in diagnostic healing, meditations and spiritual development, as religious objects and in funerary rites, and to dispel evil and magical enchantments. Today’s healers agree wearing, carrying or meditating with a Clear Quartz crystal opens the mind and heart to higher spiritual guidance.
Quartz’s piezoelectric properties (ability to carry an electric charge when pressure is applied) were discovered by Jacques and Pierre Curie in 1880. An early use of this property of quartz crystals was in phonograph pickups. The first clock running on a quartz crystal oscillator was introduced in 1927 and the mineral continues to be used for its unique scientific properties today.
Crystal Quartz clearly has a rich history and many more uses besides being a radiant and beautiful addition to your jewelry collection!
Stay tuned for the meaning of Citrine: the rare, sunshine- hued member of the quartz family!