Glossary of Stones

  • Quartz Crystals

    Quartz Crystal is one of the most common minerals on the planet. Found growing with aquamarine and topaz, it can lead the way through a mine to gold or other precious minerals. It has been the darling of the New Age for a number of years. Because of its numerous growth formations and its multiple geological regions, Quartz is one of the most versatile and well loved stones in the mineral kingdom.

    Quartz Crystal is nature’s natural transmitter. It will “pick-up” or mimic whatever energies it is around and it will collect the energy in its environment. It can gain more clarity in a loving, joyous environment and it can become cloudy and dark in a negative, fearful or angry environment. Its most useful and scientifically useful quality is known as the piezoelectric effect, which is the capacity to transform vibrations into an electrical current. This effect allows the user to transfer thoughts (good or bad), intention or vibrations into the Quartz Crystal. The clearer and larger the Quartz Crystal point, the more amplified its transmission ability.

    As well as using your Quartz Crystal for personal meditation and energy work, you can also place one in your home or office for rebalancing the environment, activating & clearing corner stagnation and much, much more.

    Cleaning your Quartz Crystal is essential to good crystal use or crystal healing therapy. The standard technique is to place your Quartz Crystal in sea salt or kosher salt water for 36-72 hours. The strength of your solution and length of time submerged will depend on the energy corruption to the Quartz Crystal. You can also try my favorite cleansing technique, distilled water with lavender essential oil to clean and refresh your Quartz Crystal.

    Different formations give Quartz Crystal different properties or attributes. And each formation is unique unto itself and the location in which it grows.

    One variety is called Candle Quartz (or Pineapple Quartz) It is a Quartz Crystal Harmonizer from Madagascar, and it has the ability to direct the energy of the other stones placed around it. Candle Quartz is a positive stone and makes you feel good about yourself. It can also help in past life work and in accessing ancient memories. Here is a crystal that carries many voices, many lives, many souls, many choices. When placed upon the Heart Chakra, it gives peacefulness and the ability to think clearly.

    Quartz Clusters are not only a beautiful formation of quartz but the foundation for all other quartz crystals. Growing as a family of smaller crystals, the Cluster imbues the beauty, the power and strength of the quartz mineral family. Some Quartz Clusters form with several large quartz points, while others form of numerous perfect tiny crystals leaving a glittery surface.

    Quartz Clusters are pure energy. They energize any environment in which they are placed. They can also purify an environment or stabilize it. Because they are formed from multiple quartz crystals, the entire Cluster has the same potential of programming as a single crystal, but on a larger scale. A Cluster can also be used as a repository for singular ideas, prayers and programs. Simply write an idea or prayer onto a small piece of paper, and place the small paper(s) between two of the crystals in the Cluster.

    Faden Quartz grows as flattened quartz, known as tabular crystals. It almost always grows with a double termination, or completed points on both its ends. Fadens have a white line or “thread” running through them. This ‘thread” occurs when the cavity the crystal is growing in slowly opens or stretches due to natural earth movement of the tectonic plates; the type that create earthquakes and mountains. During this movement the crystal is broken and then heals as its growth continues.

    These crystals mirror our natural ability to self-heal and grow from our many life experiences. They show us that difficult situations are our teachers not our enemies. They show us that we are more beautiful and interesting from these many experiences rather than disfigured by them. They reflect the many choices we have been given to creatively put ourselves back together…to Re-Create ourselves as the Divine’s Image at each segment of our lives.

    Herkimer Diamond is a generic name for an 18 faceted (6 sides) double-terminated quartz crystal discovered in and around Herkimer County, New York. Mined in the Mohawk River Valley since the late 18th century, are slowly reaching a diminishing amount. True Herkimer Diamonds, are not actual diamonds, but are known for their extreme clarity. They can also be found cloudy, smoky or even containing a variety of rare impurities. Impurities (rare and general) can include carbon or water. Herkimers form as clusters, scepters, enhydro (containing fluid inclusions), phantoms and bridge crystals. While the Herkimer Diamond has all the attributes of any clear quartz crystal, it is known as an “attunement stone”; you can use it to attune with another person or a particular environment.