About Quartz Crystal
Quartz crystal (also known as rock crystal) is very hard, inert, tough and everlasting. Barring physical destruction, an object made of it could be said to endure forever as it neither ages, oxidizes nor decays. It is transparent as a plate glass window, but it is many times harder than any glass. It is so pure and undefiled that it is used by scientists to make their contamination free test tubes in which radioactive carbon age dating takes place.
The chemical name of natural quartz crystal is silicone dioxide and most of the earth’s crust is composed of it in its common form called silica. It is found everywhere as the sands of the beach and the desert, and in ordinary things like gravel, sandstone, granite and other siliceous rock, but these are not crystal. The Silica family includes beautiful gemstones such as Beryl, Zircon, Carnelian, Chrysoprase, Agate, Chalcedony, Sardonyx, Jasper, Heliotrope, Amethyst, Garnet, Lapis Lazuli, Tourmaline, Opal, and Topaz.
Metaphysically and scientifically, the most precious of all is the Rock Crystal. It is electronic, optically transparent and naturally grown deep in the earth over thousands of year’s time. They look like big diamonds and the ancients seldom made any distinction whatsoever between the two. Interestingly, they grow both right and left handed.
When crystals are exposed to radiation, such as occurs naturally in many places in the earth’s crust, this radiation gradually displaces an electron in each atom. This results in the crystal taking on various shades of color from amethyst to light smoke, to a deep mysterious transparent black. When chemical impurities are present, these tint the crystal in many shades of yellow, rose, blue and green, which are used in color healing techniques by several types of Healing Practitioners, Massage Therapists, Chakra – Body Cleansing Therapists and Meditation.
In Metaphysics, Rock Crystal is the ultimate, and its amazing history gives credence to the claim. For many thousands of years it has been esteemed as a heaven sent talisman. Ancient Priests believed it to be a God given force which defies all evil. It was believed to dissolve enchantments and spells, and to destroy all black magic. It renders negative energy impotent and harmless. Rock Crystal is the super talisman; it can be skillfully fashioned into powerful psychic tools. Items such as meditation stones, pendulums, carved pendants, crosses and crystal balls can all be put to excellent use.
Today, rock crystal is commonly grown under controlled conditions called the hydrothermal transport and recrystallization method.