Gemstone of the Month: Quartz

Posted by Brianne Sheridan on Jan 6, 2021 9:45:00 AM
Brianne Sheridan

Birthstones are limiting. We’re breaking out of the box and inviting you to explore the wide world of gemstones!

We’re saying hello to 2021 with a gemstone fit for the job… pure quartz!

Many colored gemstones are actually different types of quartz, but pure, colorless quartz often gets left out.

But we think this stone rocks! So here are our top three reasons to appreciate pure quartz:

Loose, Natural Herkimer Diamonds Available from Geralyn Sheridan Designs1. Fit for Starting Anew

Pure quartz is colorless, and sometimes referred to as rock crystal, but when described for its metaphysical properties it is usually referred to as clear quartz. No matter what you call it, pure quartz has been verified by many sources to be one of the best crystals for starting anew!

According to the Crystal Vaults, wearing, carrying, or meditating with clear quartz opens the mind and heart to higher guidance and amplifies whatever energy or intent is put into it, which may intensify spiritual growth or assist a person with the manifestation of a larger goal. Clear Quartz also brings strength and clarity to the intellect, aiding concentration and memory retention, and filtering out distractions. The article Crystals for New Beginnings notes that the stone brings clarity, balance, and harmony and helps to align the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of a person.

All of these factors are important for anyone trying to focus on lessons learned and mindfully move forward. Whether you’re a believer in the metaphysical or not, these are all great things to focus on as we venture into the new year and leave one behind that was less than friendly to many of us. So, why not let quartz help?

2. Unique Beyond Belief

There are several types of pure quartz that are astounding feats of nature.

Phantom Quartz Custom PendantFirst up: phantom quartz. Phantom quartz is quartz crystals inside a larger pure quartz crystal. It is created when another mineral or type of quartz forms on most or all of the surfaces of the crystal at a particular point in time during growth, after which the quartz crystal resumes its crystallization and encloses the phantom crystal outline within itself. Geralyn recently made a custom pendant featuring a very large, very cool phantom quartz stone that appeared to have small pure quartz phantoms inside the larger pure quartz stone.

Herkimer diamonds are another feat of nature and are not diamonds at all. These pure quartz crystals are doubly terminated, which means that instead of forming with a termination point on just one end, there are two terminations opposite of one another. 
They are very rare and form only when the crystals grow with very little or no contact with their host rock. Herkimer diamonds are named for Herkimer County, New York where they are found, but doubly terminated pure quartz have also been found in other locations. 

Pure quartz can also have unique needle-like inclusions that create truly stunning polished stones. Rutilated quartz occurs when these inclusions are formed by the golden mineral rutile. Tourmalinated quartz occurs when the inclusions are formed by tourmaline, which is typically black in color. Because these inclusions are running through pure quartz, they are perfectly visible as if encased in glass. They are always one of a kind and make for stunning statement jewelry.

One of a Kind Necklace with Rutilated Quartz titled A Drop of Honey
3. Incredibly Affordable

Pure quartz is one of the most plentiful minerals on the planet. Because of their availability, these incredible natural stones are actually very affordable when compared to other precious stones at the same size.

Whether you choose pure quartz in its truest form, or you choose one of the unique varieties we’ve mentioned here, you’ll get a huge bang for your buck. You may not be able to tell from the pictures, but the loose stones and pendants featured here are quite large and each one packs a visual punch!

These pendants already have owners, but if you’re interested in pure quartz to help you start 2021 right, reach out to us to see what loose stones we have in stock for your custom piece!

Want to learn more about other gems and gemology in general? Check out our Gemology page!

Topics: Gemstones, Gemstone of the Month, Jewelry, Gemology, Diamond

Define Redefining

Geralyn Sheridan has been redefining elegance in the jewelry industry by focusing on eco-friendliness, utilizing naturally beautiful textures, and incorporating fluid movement in each of her fine jewelry designs.

Her years of experience as a designer/goldsmith combined with her credentials as a GIA Graduate Gemologist give her a unique perspective on and a true expertise in jewelry making, precious metals, and gemstones. 

Whether you're a jewelry lover, maker, or seller, we're sure this blog will pique your interest.

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