Physical properties of Clear Quartz.
Clear quartz is also called ‘rock crystal’ is a combination of silicon and oxygen with the chemical formula SiO2. It is rated 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness making it reasonably difficult to carve.
It is more common than amethyst or rose quartz and is found in every continent on earth. While jade was arguably the most adored semi precious stone of the far east for carving, quartz was commonly used in sculptures and amulets across Europe and the middle east in the same period.
The History and Legends of Clear Quartz
The ancient Greeks referred to quartz as krustallos meaning ‘icy cold’ as they believed the clear quartz was a form of permanent ice, so cold it would never thaw (1).
Due to its widespread occurrence clear quartz is included in the legends as well as the creation myths of many cultures.
The Japanese word for clear quartz translated roughly as ‘perfect jewel’ because they believed it symbolised space, purity and patience.
In both Australia and South America one of the creation myths involves a cosmic serpent who is the creator of life and who was lead by a clear quartz crystal.
It is also the substance most commonly identified as maban in Australian Aboriginal mythology. Maban was the substance from which the Shamans and elders drew their magical powers in the mythology (2).
To some of the cultures of central and Southern America clear quartz was seen as a vessel, like an urn for the spirits of their ancestors. This was the origin of the practice of carving clear quartz into skulls for use as religious talismans.
In Scotland and Ireland clear quartz was carved into spheres and used for healing. We are more familiar with spheres of crystal today a crystal balls often used by fortune tellers.
Modern Uses of Clear Quartz
Quartz Crystal is well known for its piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties by which it can transform mechanical heat or energy into electromagnetic energy.
This ability to focus, amplify, store and transform energy is put to use through out our modern technology.
It is used extensively in watches, mobile phones, tablets, memory chips radio transmitters and other electrical circuitry.
Healing and Spiritual uses of Clear Quartz
It is this ability of clear quartz to transform energy that has lead to it being considered a master healing crystal. It is thought to amplify the energy or intent programmed into it by an individual.
For this reason it is used extensively in meditation practices to enhance clarity of mind and consciousness.
Clear Quartz is believed to aid concentration, memory retention and filter out distractions. It is believed to improve sleep and relaxation and is often used to assist headaches, exhaustion and issues with the metabolism.
Many people believe it can help cancel out the negative effects of radiation a welcome effect in our age of rampant technology.
Clear Quartz Rollers, Gua Sha and Clear Quartz Crystal Combs
Clear quartz is harder to carve than, jade or tourmaline and similar in difficulty to rose quartz. Clear quartz is not hard to source but finding solid pieces that can be carved into larger beauty items like Crystal combs can present problems.
To get around these issues most producers chemically treat clear quartz crystal. This can enhance the colour and makes it much easier to carve, reducing costs.
This chemical treatment of course alters the chemical structure of the crystal and naturally eliminates any spiritual or healing benefits you may be hoping to receive from using the crystals
Ultimately it is best to choose the crystal products you are naturally attracted or drawn to. Clear quartz may assist you if you require greater clarity of mind and wish to amplify your intent usually to achieve something.
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Tomkeieff, S.I. (1942). On the Origin of the Name Quartz (PDF). Mineralogical Magazine. 26: 172–178. (PDF) from the original on 4 September 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
A.P. Elkin (1973). Aboriginal Men of High Degree: Initiation and Sorcery in the World's Oldest Tradition. Inner Traditions.