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Quartz

 Quartz Crystals

Quartz Crystals

 


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 names.



Smoky Quartz
Smoky Quartz, emerald cut


Rutilated Quartz
Rutilated Quartz
Clear Quartz with Rutile needles that grew within it.

Rutilated Quartz
Tourmalinated Quartz
Clear Quartz with needles of Tourmaline that grew within it.


Dendritic Quartz
Dendritic Quartz

Rose Quartz Cabs
Rose Quartz Cabochons

Rose Quartz, Rough Stone
Rose Quartz rough stone

Green Quartz
Green Quartz

 

 Drusy Quartz
Drusy Quartz
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:
Color: Colorless, clear, various shades of color
Mohs' Hardness Scale: 7

Density:
2.65
Transparency: Transparent to Opaque

 


 

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