Quartz Geology Quartz is piezoelectric & accumulates an electric charge when mechanical stress is applied. Quartz oscillates at a perfect & steady vibration this is why it is used in clocks to keep time. Quartz (named after a Slavic word for "hard") is the most common mineral found on the surface of the Earth & the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust, after feldspar. It is made up of a continuous framework of SiO4 silicon–oxygen tetrahedra, with each oxygen being shared between two tetrahedra, giving an overall formula SiO2. A significant component of many igneous, metamorphic & sedimentary rocks. This natural form of silicon dioxide is found in an impressive range of varieties & colours. Metaphysical Properties The most powerful healing & energy amplifier on the planet because of its unique helical spiral crystalline form. Excellent for identifying & releasing blockages. Works on all levels of self. Aids memory, absorbs, stores, releases & regulates energy. Excellent to use for manifesting. Dissolves Karmic seeds. Enhances psychic abilities & attunes you to your spiritual purpose. Holding quartz in your hand doubles your biomagnetic field. Dispels static energy. Storing information like a natural computer these crystals are a spiritual library waiting to be accessed. Crystal Healing Master healer, immune system, brings balance to all. Mineralogy Group: Quartz (Silicate-Tectosilicate) Crystal System: Trigonal Composition: SiO2 Form/Habit: Prismatic Hardness: 7 Cleavage: None Fracture: Conchoidal Lustre: Vitreous Streak: White Specific Gravity: 2.65 Transparency: Transparent, translucent, opaque R.I: 1.544 to 1.553 Colour: Colourless, Brown, Black. Green, Pink, Violet, White, Yellow, Orange, Purple Birefringence: 0.009 Pleochroism: Weakly Dichroic Fluorescence: None Causes of Colour: Violet to purple (amethyst), O2+→Fe4+ charge transfer, due to irradiation. Blue, inclusions of blue dumortierite or tourmaline. Green ("greened amethyst" or prasiolite), Fe2+. Green (aventurine quartz), chromian mica (fuchsite) inclusions. Yellow to orange (citrine), O2-→Fe3+ charge transfer, various Al3+ related colour centers. Smokey (smoky quartz), colour center related to the Al3+ impunity. Pink (rose quartz), charge transfer between a substitutional Ti4+ and an interstitial Ti3+ unstable colour center Oion bridging between substitutional aluminum and substitutional phosphorus atom; dumortierite inclusions. White (milky quartz), scattering of light by inclusions larger than the visible wavelengths.