Quartz is found in a huge range of varieties and colors and has many different names. The healing properties of these crystals vary based on how they are formed, their color, and their shape.
Quartz, the most abundant mineral on the surface of our planet, is a combination of silicon and oxygen, commonly called silica. Pure quartz is colorless and transparent. A well-formed quartz crystal has six sides with a pyramid shape at the ends. However….
Small differences in how quartz forms can make big differences in how it appears!
CRYSTALLIZED QUARTZ GROUP. Crystallized Quartz often occurs in well-formed crystals. Types of crystallized quartz include Clear Quartz which is also known as rock crystal, violet colored quartz which is known as Amethyst, orange-colored quartz which is known as Citrine, and gray to black quartz which is known as Smoky Quartz. Crystallized Quartz can also form in masses such Rose Quartz and Milky Quartz.
CHALCEDONY GROUP. Chalcedony is a form of Quartz with small crystals not visible to the eye. Chalcedony often has slender fibers that form bands. The surfaces are often smooth. When you hold Chalcedony up to the light you often see the light filter through (translucent). Agates are one of the most common forms of Chalcedony. Opals are also often considered as part of this group.
FLINT, CHERT, and JASPER GROUP. This group also has small crystals not visible to the eye. The crystals usually have a glassy luster and are not translucent. They don’t have the same banding as the Chalcedony Group and often have more impurities. These impurities are what give Jasper all the different looks and colors.
Quartz is one of the most versatile and beautiful crystals. Names are often selected based on what is going to sell the best. Which would you buy Spirit, Cactus, or Pineapple Quartz? They are all the same!
Here are just a few ways of naming Quartz.
Shape. Quartz crystals are sometimes named based on the shapes of the crystal, such as candle, pineapple, and artichoke quartz.
Appearance. Agates are often named based on what they look like, such as moss agate, fire agate, or blue lace agate.
Color. Color also plays a big role in naming quartz. Smoky quartz, blue quartz, citrine, and rose quartz, all have names based on the crystal color.
Healing Property. Some quartz crystals are named based on their healing property, such as activation or channeling quartz.
Inclusions. Some quartz has inclusions of other minerals such as tourmalated quartz (tourmaline inside quartz).