Understanding and Working with Earth’s Abundant Mineral
by Emma Day
Quartz, often referred to as Rock Crystal or Master Healer, is the second most abundant mineral next to Feldspar. Found on every continent, and perhaps every country on Earth, quartz is extraordinary both metaphysically and industrially. Quartz is a defining constituent of granite and schist, and very common in sedimentary rocks like sandstone and shale. It is also a very prominent residual mineral in stream sediments and soils. In other words, quartz is everywhere.
The quartz family includes but is not limited to clear quartz, rose quartz, smoky quartz, amethyst and citrine, to name the most common varieties. While these other quartz varieties display an array of colors due to various mineral inclusions, clear quartz is pure silicon dioxide. Clear quartz is one of the most multidimensional and versatile stones available for metaphysical practices. Clear quartz resonates deeply with each energy center and contains three key components, which together make it such a powerful multilevel healer.
Programmability, amplification and memory are traits unique to clear quartz. Where most other crystals have a set of fixed properties or frequencies, quartz differs. Quartz can be programmed by the focus of pure intention. When one holds clear quartz and precisely envisions or visualizes their intentions, there is the effect of amplification, which yields shockingly powerful and positive results. These amplification properties of quartz can also be used to enhance the properties and frequencies of other minerals. Since quartz has programmability, it then remembers and amplifies the intention or desire and holds the pattern, which is where the property of memory takes place.
The ability of quartz to focus, amplify, store and transform energy is used throughout the world of technology in ultrasound devices, watches, clocks, microphones, radio transmitters, memory chips in computers and others. Quartz is one of only few crystals that have piezoelectric properties, meaning it transforms mechanical energy (such as pressure) into electromagnetic energy and potential. In the 1930’s, the electronics industry became dependent on quartz crystals. Unknowingly, many of us use quartz on a regular basis. To use quartz for multilevel healing, understanding that quartz not only resonates with all chakras but also creates alignment and equal vibration throughout each energy center is crucial.
Use quartz for its innate properties of programmability, amplification and memory, but also use it for deep emotional purifying, cleansing and spiritual clarity. Wearing or carrying quartz is an effective way to keep alignment, intention and clarity with us always. If wearing a quartz pendant, for example, is a reminder of a goal to achieve mental clarity and level headedness, then it is doing its job. Since quartz so indiscriminately amplifies energies, one thing to keep in mind is to clear quartz crystals to remove any psychic debris, allowing enjoyment of this special mineral to the fullest.
Emma Day is a local writer and rock and mineral enthusiast currently enrolled at the Gemological Institute of America, and has been personally collecting and researching gems, jewelry and minerals for over half a decade.