Quartz is actually the title for a number of minerals all sharing the same chemical composition and
properties. Although the species of Quartz contains such gemstones as Amethyst, Citrine, Prasiolite,
Aventurine and Tiger's Eye, this topic will center on those gemstones identified as Quartz in their name.
Rock Crystal Quartz (pictured at the top of this page) is one of the most common minerals found in the
world. Hexagonal prisms are generally formed with pyramid shaped ends. The name Quartz originates from
the Greek word "krustallos" which means ice, as it was once thought in ancient times that quartz was ice
rock created by the Gods. Apart from Greek mythology, though, Quartz crystals come in many varieties
used for making jewelry. Below you will find various forms of Quartz with their most commonly known
Smoky Quartz, emerald cut
Clear Quartz with Rutile needles that grew within it.
Clear Quartz with needles of Tourmaline that grew within it.
Rose Quartz Cabochons
Rose Quartz rough stone
Drusy is found within the interior of Quartz geodes and appear as
a dusting of brilliant shining crystals on the face of the stone.
GENERAL STATS FOR QUARTZ:
Colorless, clear, various shades of color
Hardness Scale: 7
Transparency: Transparent to Opaque