What is Quartz?
- Quartz is a silicon dioxide mineral made up of two parts oxygen and one part silicon.
- Quartz is one of the most common minerals on the planet and it makes up a tenth of the Earth's crust.
- Quartz is also known as rock crystal.
How is Quartz formed?
- Quartz has a trigonal crystal system and a hardness of Mohs 7.
- Quartz is often found in sedimentary rocks and granite deposits.
Where is Quartz found around the planet?
- Quartz is a common mineral and is found world wide.
What is the history and folklore of Quartz?
- Quartz was called 'crystalos' by the ancient Greeks, which means frozen ice, as they thought the crystals were actually ice formations that had frozen so hard they were unable to melt again.
- Quartz has been used throughout the ages by shamans and healers to access the spirit world.
How do I care for Quartz?
- Quartz can be easily cleaned by wiping it over with a soft damp cloth and dust can be removed from rough pieces with a soft brush.
- Care must be taken when placing Quartz, especially polished spheres. DO NOT PLACE IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT AS THEY ARE A FIRE HAZARD.