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& Minerals Information
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50 pages of this Stones & Minerals Information section are
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Quartz was well known to the ancient
world, especially the purest variety - rock crystal. The name
'crystal' is of Greek origin and means 'ice'.
Rock crystal ( or Clear Quartz )
was named this because it resembles ice, and remains cold for
a long time in warm conditions, unlike glass for instance. Quartz
is one of the most abundant minerals in the world. With varying
conditions on where it occurs, it will transform into many variations.
Pure Clear Quartz or Rock Crystal
is crystal clear (so to speak!). It is a silicon dioxide. It
may have fractures which will make a rainbow appear when turned
or inclusions of other minerals (milky or cloudy appearances
are common) as well as rutile, chlorite etc.
Amethyst owes its beautiful purple
hues to an iron admixture and radio-active decay. In direct
sunlight, Amethyst will fade fairly quickly. So don't keep it
on the window sill!
Citrine's pale yellow to deep amber
yellow coloring is caused by the presence of iron trioxide.
Smoky Quartz are anything from a
pale brown to brown black. The black almost non-transparent
variety is known as Morion. The coloring of these is caused
through silicon ions being released from their positions in
the crystal structure during radioactive decay.
Rose Quartz is mostly found in massive
form. It ranges from pale pink to rose-pink, sometimes with
a violet hue. This color is due to the presence of manganese
oxide. Prolonged exposure to the atmosphere does cause fading
Sapphire Quartz (incorrectly called
Siderite) is lump, blue-green quartz, whose coloration is caused
by the presence of numerous needles of fibrous blue amphibole-crocidolite.
Tiger Eye is a fibrous banded quartz
that has yellow fibers of weathered crocidolite that gives the
shimmering effect. There are also green Cats Eye and blue-grey
Aventurine Quartz is an exception.
It is massive and contains many minute scales of mica or hematite,
which are responsible for the sparkle of the mineral. I love
to be with a crystal for a period of time to feel its energies
and discover how it may help or aide me spiritually or for healing.
I also like to know what its made of since I make many Gem Essences/Elixirs,
and I thought I'd share this.
Some of this information was obtained
from the Encyclopedia of Minerals & Rocks. Some of the information
was from me.
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