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Product Name : Natural Quartz
Gemstone Count : 1
Carat Weight : 23.15 Ct.
Dimension : 17 X 17 X 12.7 mm.
Shape/Cut : Cushion / Mixed
Hardness : 7.0
Treatment : No Heated
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The Greeks originally named quartz krystallos, meaning ice, but this term was soon applied to any crystal. In fact, the modern name of quartz is derived from the Saxon word querklufterz, meaning “cross-vein-ore.”
Although quartz of sufficient beauty to be set into jewelry is not available in great abundance, quartz is found in many geological environments and is a component of almost every rock type. It is also the most varied in terms of varieties, colors and forms. The gem varieties of quartz have been used as gemstones for thousands of years.
Legends and lore
The ancients of India considered quartz to have special properties as transformers as well as keepers of energy. To this day quartz crystals are used universally in meditation, as they are believed to possess healing properties and other diverse metaphysical powers.
Folklorists classify quartz as a receptive gemstone credited with the ability to attract positive energies, such as peace and love. The subtle energy of quartz is said to balance the emotions, giving inner peace, harmony and enhancing the bonds of relationships. It is also said to calm aggression and increase self-esteem.
Just the facts
Quartz gemstones are commonly separated into two groups based on the size of their individual crystals.
The macrocrystalline quartz (large crystal) group includes many popular gemstones such as amethyst, ametrine, citrine, green amethyst (prasiolite), rose quartz, rutilated quartz, smoky quartz and tiger’s eye.
Cryptocrystalline quartz includes varieties whose individual crystals are too small to be easily distinguished. Apart from being a variety within the group, chalcedony is also a catchall term to describe cryptocrystalline quartz and includes many gems that have been coveted since antiquity such as agate, carnelian, sard, chrysoprase, bloodstone and jasper.
Phenomena sometimes observed in quartz include asterism (star effect) and chatoyancy (cat’s eye effect).