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All About Crystal–Clear Quartz

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All About Crystal–Clear Quartz:

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Clear Quartz is also known as Crystal Quartz or Rock Crystal is a tenth anniversary stone. Though Quartz forms in many colors today we shall focus on the clear variety.

It is a natural form of silicon dioxide with a Mohs hardness of 7 (out of 10) and ranks first as the most abundant mineral on Earth. Sand is mostly comprised of quartz; even the dust in the air we breath is high in quartz content. Quartz belongs to the trigonal crystal system. The ideal crystal shape is a six-sided prism terminating with six-sided pyramids at each end.

In nature quartz crystals are often twinned (with twin right-handed and left-handed quartz crystals) forming together, distorted, or so inter-grown with adjacent Quartz crystals or other minerals as to only show part of this formation. Or they merge and may lack obvious crystal faces altogether and appear massive.

Well-formed crystals typically form in a ‘bed’ that has unconstrained growth into a void or empty space. Usually the crystals are attached at the other end to a matrix which is composed of even finer grains of minerals and silt. Only one termination pyramid is present. Particularly fine specimens are currently found in Brazil, the United States, the Swiss Alps, and Madagascar.

However, doubly terminated crystals do occur where they develop freely without attachment, for instance within gypsum. A soft mineral that may fall away revealing the double termination. A quartz geode is such a situation where the void is closed in and approximately spherical in shape, lined with a bed of individual crystals pointing inward.

The word “Quartz” is derived from the German word “Quarz”. This remained until the first half of the 14th century in Middle High German in East Central German. Derived from the Polish dialect term kwardy, which corresponds to the Czech term tvrdý (“hard”).

The Ancient Greeks referred to quartz as κρύσταλλος (krustallos) derived from the Ancient Greek κρύος (kruos) meaning “icy cold”. Some philosophers (including Theophrastus) thought the mineral to be a form of super cooled ice.

It is believed that the ancient Atlanteans and Lemurians utilized the power of crystals and that a crystal was a main component in the workings of a device used within the great pyramid of Egypt for initiation. Abductees have also reported the use of Quartz crystals by aliens.

Quartz is the most common material identified as the mystical substance “maban” in Australian Aboriginal mythology. It is found regularly in passage tomb cemeteries in Europe in a burial context, such as Newgrange or Carrowmore in Ireland. The Irish word for quartz is grianchloch, which means ‘sunstone’. Quartz was also used in Prehistoric Ireland, as well as many other countries, for stone tools; both vein quartz and rock crystal were knapped as part of the lithic technology of the prehistoric peoples.

While quartz crystals have been used for thousands of purposes throughout history, they have an especially long history as healing stones.

Clear Quartz is known as the “master healer” and will amplify energy and thought, as well as the effect of other crystals. It absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy. Clear Quartz draws off negative energy of all kinds, neutralising background radiation, including electromagnetic smog or petrochemical emanations. It balances and revitalises the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes. Cleanses and enhances the organs and subtle bodies and acts as a deep soul cleanser, connecting the physical dimension with the mind. Clear Quartz enhances psychic abilities. It aids concentration and unlocks memory. Stimulates the immune system and brings the body into balance. Clear Quartz harmonises all of the chakras and is especially beneficial for the Crown chakra. It can be used for almost any metaphysical purpose.

Clear quartz crystal is the universal stone. Everyone should have one! It corresponds to all zodiac signs, and is a pure and powerful energy source.

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Ugg…Summer is over!

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This is me picking through rocks down at Ashbridges Bay, Toronto, for beach glass and other interesting finds.

I lost baby ugly at White Cliff Beach near Vancouver B.C.  Actually, I set her afloat to become a mermaid one year at a “family” picnic.  Not real family, not bio family.  My Step dad’s friends.  A concoction of alcoholics, thieves, bikers and just out of jailers.  They were as close knit as any other woven family.

Those were the highlights of my summers as a kid.  Crossing the Lions gate bridge onward to the “far away” beach.  Roaming freely on the ocean rocks-fearful the tide would come on fast and we’d be trapped at sea.  Amidst a never ending blue neither ending at sky or sea.  Bringing home hermit crabs, smoking with my “cousin”.  Pondering the drug addled almost adult topless girls making out with their boys.

Always loved the beach….perhaps being a water sign has something to do with it.

Summer is over once again.  Throughout the Winter I will be transforming my finds, my precious beach finds,  transforming them wondrously into jewelry and sculpture. Humming the still haunting tune of baby uglie’s lullaby.