Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals found at Earth’s surface. Since ancient times, Quartz has been the most commonly used mineral in jewelry making. This is because the properties of quartz make it an excellent gemstone. Quartz is hard, durable, accepts a brilliant polish, and comes in numerous colors, including: white, colorless, red, blue, yellow, green, orange, brown, pink, black, gray, and multicolored.
Varieties of Quartz that are commonly used as gems include: Amethyst, Citrine, Rose Quartz, and Aventurine. The purest form of Quartz is also called Rock Crystal. In the past, clear Quartz was worn by those of high rank. Quartz was also placed in tombs and scepters of royalty. There are many myths and legends surrounding the Quartz.
Quartz was a part of the creation myths of the aboriginal tribes of Australia and South America. The “cosmic serpent,” the progenitor of all life, was led and guided by a Quartz crystal. In Japan, Quartz is called “tama,” which means “the perfect jewel.” The Japanese believed that the White Dragon’s breath crystallized into small Quartz crystals, while the Violet Dragon’s passing left large Quartz crystals.
In ancient Rome and Greece, Quartz was believed to be supercooled ice, or ice solidified over many years. In North America and Burma, clear Quartzes were believed to be living entities. The Cherokee Indians believed that Rock Crystals had great power to aid in hunting and divining. Ancient priests believed that clear Quartz could destroy black magic and render negative energy useless. In nearly every culture, clear Quartz was believed to have medicinal healing properties.
At Jennifer Reeves Designs, we are thrilled to offer Quartz: the perfect jewel. Jennifer Reeves invites you to browse her website to witness our exquisite Quartz jewelry.