Quartz crystal properties and metaphysical formations
|All quartz crystals have 6 primary properties. They are able to structure, store, amplify, focus, transmit and transform energy, which includes matter, thought, emotion and information. Metaphysical quartz formations possess additional properties based on their geometry, the properties of numbers and other specific features.
The properties of quartz are not confined solely to the metaphysical. The electronics industry widely uses the ability of quartz to precisely structure and control frequencies. In healing and personal development, not dissimilar properties allow quartz crystals to act like tuning forks, gently but powerfully returning our bodies frequencies to a healthier, natural state. Quartz naturally balances and energizes both our gross and subtle bodies. Kirlian photography has shown that holding a small, double terminated quartz doubles the photographable portion of the human aura.
The intrinsic properties of all quartz crystals heal, cleanses, balances and strengthen the chakras, resulting in physical, mental and emotional well-being as well as initiating and strengthening our innate intuitive abilities.
Gateway crystals are recognized by an opening from the side or face of a crystal to the interior. It could be an especially deep key, a result of calcite growth interference (where the calcite had dissolved) or self-healing. However, the deepest is where old damage has accessed a water cavity or as a result of skeletal growth.
Gateways are used to gain access to information and planes from which you are normally excluded. From the perspective of sacred geometry, the inherent hexagon of any quartz crystal is the archetype of a perfect idea or world. Seen like this the gateway is offering access to this inner world, which isn't exactly the inside of a crystal, but the archetype it embodies.
Healing concepts, illusive aspects of ourselves and the doors of the shaman can be unlocked, therefore an extremely useful crystal for helping us see beyond the veil of everyday reality.
"Virtue has a veil, vice a mask." Victor Hugo
Recognized by a formation of all six faces joining at the apex. Perfect natural generators are rare. This crystal is used to generate energy in the gross or any or all of the subtle bodies, depending on the consciousness and intention of the user. A useful crystal in stimulating under-active chakras.
"This crystal is "THE" quartz crystal for energy generation...and for stimulating all portions of the physical, intellectual, emotional and subtle bodies. Natural generators and crystals polished in the configuration of generators have the same properties - they are truly powerful tools for the metaphysician."
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Golden enhydros are liquid oil included quartz, sometimes referred "petroleum" included. They nearly always form in small, stout, double terminated crystals, which in terms of form and quality, are comparable to Herkimer "diamonds", the standard for super-bright quartz. However, these contain something a professional geologist in the oil industry described as "very, very rare"; high grade golden crude oil. It has fluorescence typical of high gravity (Brent, Azerbaijan, W. Africa) crudes.
Found in only three locations to date, the Himalayas, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Of the three, the Himalayan were exceptionally beautiful.
"The UV fluoroscope is a standard well-site test for natural crude oil in drill cuttings and cores. The colour of crude oil varies considerably (mostly dark brown), but lighter oil can be various shades of yellow. The fluorescence, (bright intense yellow-white) is very typical of high gravity (Brent, Azerbaijan, W. Africa) crudes. The fluorescence of the Golden Herkimer is very intense with a halo of fluorescence appearing against a dark background." Oil Industry Geologist.
Oil is the condensed solar energy of ancient organic matter. It's misuse, much to the detriment of the planet, has been in the supply of energy. This is the signature of these crystals, each one contains a tiny but potent spark of solar energy, perfectly preserved and amplified by quartz. Quartz, despite being a general chakra tonic, is generally associated with the crown chakra. The beautiful golden yellow shades in these give a special resonance with the solar plexus (emotional) chakra, helping to engender a powerfully sunny disposition and emotional optimism.
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Golden healers are recognised by a complete or partial golden yellow to orange-brown transparent coating, an iron hydrate. Occasionally this golden mineral permeates the entire crystal. They are energetic, an excellent general tonic crystal and are often extremely beautiful.
The highest ratio of golden healers mined from any location is to be found in the Celtic quartz mined in Wales by Kacha Stones.
"The golden healer has been used to incite healing on all levels. It is an excellent stone to use in all healing situations and promotes the recognition of methods and techniques which will further recoveries from all disorders."
Other names for
green quartz is vermarine, greened amethyst, or lime citrine. Some amethyst
will turn green when treated, so much of the green quartz on the market today results
from a combination of the heat treatment and ionizing radiation of amethyst. As
with the heat treatment of amethyst to produce "citrine”, the man-made product
is vastly inferior to the real thing and is best avoided for healing and energy
Green quartz is
caused by the presence of other minerals including chlorite, actinolite, hedenbergite, epidote and vermicular.
Green quartz is a
powerful but soothing heart chakra stone. It promotes balance, love, intuition
and a connection with the natural world, in particular plants and trees.
"Green quartz is truly a stone of transformative energies,
transmuting negative energy to the positive state without releasing it into the
atmosphere. It also acts to inspire creativity and to attract success,
prosperity and abundance. It promotes an intuitive capability that is coupled
Grounding crystals are recognized as having the main face with eight sides. These crystals help maintain a pragmatic approach to life, especially relevant for those trying to develop "higher" energies. Their grounding effect enables those with their "head in the clouds" to still possible to act effectively on this plane and not be too "spaced out". Useful for healers and practitioners of all energy treatments.
In Sanskrit, the number 8 is o-cata-srah "twice four", which became okta in Greek and octo in Latin. So understanding this more complex and refined "4", is the key to understanding the number 8 and the grounding crystal. Four is the number of the "Mother substance", matter, which sacred geometers know becomes manifest "at 4", the number of stability and gross manifestation.
"Now this, monks, is the noble truth of the way that leads to the cessation of sorrow: this is the noble Eightfold way; namely, right views, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration." Buddha.
Until fairly recently, this formation was confined to crystals that were marked with the jagged indentations of now dissolved calcite. However, growth interference now includes other types of growth interference, perhaps resulting from other quartz crystals or matrix. In either case, a crystal has been subjected to a drastic change of shape but still develops to completion. This is the key signature of these crystals and makes them useful in overcoming obstacles, both as a frequency and as a meditation.
Calcite growth interference has the added frequencies of the energy amplifier calcite through long association. Occasionally a little calcite is left, but more commonly it has entirely dissolved, being a much softer mineral.
"In growth interference quartz the energies
of calcite are combined with quartz to bring a powerful healing and progressing
energy to one's life. Although the calcite does not normally remain with the
crystal, the energy seems to be inculcated and remains to assist in energy
work. Used to bring access to the astral, ethereal and higher planes, in order
that one may remove barriers and may understand the patience of step-wise progression.
It can assist in proceeding through traumas and changes with ease - promoting
An extremely beautiful formation, frequently and most exotically found in the Brandberg quartz of Namibia as pictured. Lepidocrocite and hematite inclusions form amazing interiors. Occasionally they form in recognisable patterns indicating the internal energetic structures of their host crystal. They combine the properties of quartz with these two minerals, which being red, stimulates physical energy and circulation. They are said to intensify devotional practices.
"Harlequin Quartz quartz containing red dots or strings of lepidocrocite. It provides a beautiful "dancing" energy, which when activated, stimulates the energy flow on all levels. It can be used to stimulate the base chakra and to provide for a direct pathway between the base chakra, and the heart chakra; it can hence be used to direct and to intensify natural proclivities. It activates all of the qualities of the base chakra, the heart chakra, and the crown chakra, and provides physical energy and vitality to the physical body. It further stimulates the healing qualities of the heart and the associated attributes of loving consciousness. It can also be used to balance the polarity of one's body with the higher bodies and to open and balance the meridians of the physical body, stimulating alignment of the physical and ethereal nervous systems.”
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Characterised as stout, extremely bright (hence "diamond”)
DT’s, named after their location in Herkimer County, USA. However, it has
become usual to refer to any exceptionally bright stout DT as a Herkimer, despite its original location. Himalayan Herkimer is an example of this. An exception to this general rule
is the Arkimer, similarly formed and
bright quartz mined in Arkansas.
"It is quite important to use a Herkimer diamond prior to
"laying-on-of-stones”, or in other healing situations. The alleviation of
tension and the calming of the outer bodies and the physical body help to align
the energy structure of the user. Herkimer diamonds assist one in clearing the
body-mind system of unconscious fears and repressions, allowing for total
relaxation and expansion of the life energy.
The Herkimer diamond is known as an "attunement stone”. It
can be used to attune oneself with another person, environment or activity. In
addition, the Herkimer diamond stimulates clairvoyant and clairaudient
abilities and can assist one in prescience and telepathic communication.”
"The alleviation of tension, and the calming of the outer bodies and the physical body, which is produced by the Herkimer diamond, helps to align the
energy structure of the user. It is also quite helpful in releasing the
tensions and rigidities of body tissues, assisting in the recovery of memory by
these areas, in order to facilitate healing.”
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All quartz has its own mood, so it is not surprising to find
that mined in some of the highest and most iconic mountains on earth has a
uniquely powerful and clean energy. Himalayan quartz is, like the mountains themselves, uniquely
suited to all forms of meditation and yoga practice.
"The quartz crystal is the connection between the
physical dimension and the dimensions of the mind. It can be used to
communicate with minerals, plants, animals, and intelligent forces outside the
physical dimension. In early times, when all things were thought to be parts of a greater living consciousness, the quartz crystal was believed to synchronize
the individual and total consciousness with that of the heavens and advanced
We go to India every year to source these directly in the
foothills of the Himalayas. They are ethically hand mined high on the Indian
side of the Himalayas.
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Recognized by the presence of other minerals within the quartz crystal. Most commonly these are chlorite, rutile, sagenite, black tourmaline, pyrite, hematite, graphite, carbon and what are termed "undefined black inclusions". However, there are almost limitless less common inclusions including gold, silver, ajoite, stibnite, hedenbergite, actinolite, indicolite, wulfenite, spessartine garnet, papagoite, dolomite, fuchsite etc. Whatever minerals are contained in quartz are amplified and
structured, producing a more accessible and potent healing frequency than when
they appear alone.
Quartz combines harmoniously with any mineral and provides considerable advantages over single minerals. The frequency of any inclusions, even tiny amounts, are naturally amplified by the quartz making them significantly more potent. The quartz also allows otherwise "un-programmable" minerals to be programmed along with the quartz. Quartz is able to accept impressions in a way that other crystals and minerals cannot. These impressions can be mental or introduced physically, like placing an essential oil on a crystal to imbue it with its unique frequency.
"When one is attracted to and uses included quartz, the quartz inclusion will work with the person to provide further nourishment and qualities required. Each inclusion in quartz provides the extra properties of that included mineral to work "hand-in-hand" with the properties of the quartz."
Below are a few of the most beneficial inclusions to be found in quartz.
Manganese in clear quartz produces the beautiful shades of pinkish lavender to deep purple. Amethyst often appears in quartz as phantoms. The name comes from a Greek word which translates literally as "not drunken". Amethyst is said to help one to both avoid and recover from addiction to intoxicants. Amethyst helps one identify more with the higher spiritual self than the temporary material body and resonates with the crown chakra. It balances the intellectual, mental, emotional and physical bodies which encourage insight, stability, peace and strength respectively. An overwhelming positive stone, helping to transform the imbalances that modern life encourages.
"Amethyst is a "stone of meditation”, being excellent in
conducting the energy of calm and peacefulness to help one both enter and
maintain the states. It opens and activates the crown chakra.”
"Amethyst is a stone of spirituality and
contentment. It facilitates the transmutation of the lower energies into the higher
frequencies. It is representative of the principle of complete metamorphosis.
It clears the aura and stabilizes and transmutes any dysfunctional energy
located within one's body. Amethyst also bestows stability, strength,
invigoration and peace."
A very purifying and protective stone on all levels. An excellent aura cleanser as it both repels and transforms negative energies. It is so good at this that it is said to repel radiation and is reputed to help if placed in front of computer monitors and other electrical devices. As is common with black stones, it is an extremely effective base chakra cleanser and grounding stone.
"As a protective stone against
"spells" which are cast by the negative side of another, black
tourmaline is a special stone to Native American Indians; black tourmaline in
quartz not only dispels the "spell" but energizes the "victim"
and actually increases well-being. African shaman have used
the tourmaline to promote the awakening from the "dream of illusion"
and to promote the experience of the self as part of the universal spirit. It
acts to stimulate the reflex points associated with the lower back. It can be
used in the treatment of arthritis, dyslexia, heart dis-ease, anxiety, and
disorientation. It can also provide for both the stimulation and the balancing
of the adrenal glands."
Undefined blackish inclusions, as
opposed to generally lighter greyish shale inclusions, are carbon. Where these
inclusions form a phantom, black phantom properties also apply.
These are excellent grounding and base chakra stones.
"This mineral can help purify one's body and one's surroundings. It can be worn, carried, used as an elixir, or stationed in one's environment. It provides for grounding and centring during meditation, such that one may eliminate distractions.”
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One of the most powerful healing minerals available which combine wonderfully and frequently with quartz. Chlorite provides an easily accessible "nature" energy, which cleanses the aura, chakras and meridians of obstruction. It helps dissipate anger and frustration.
"Chlorite is one of the most favourable healing stones. Worn, carried, placed within one's environment or used as an elixir, the properties of chlorite are overwhelmingly positive. It is a
purifier and is quite useful for cleansing the aura, the chakras and the energy
meridians. It attacks anger, hostility, exasperation and dissipates the
"Chlorite has been used with amethyst to remove unwanted energy implants; the presence of
chlorite and amethyst within one's energy field has also successfully protected
against both energy implants and psychic attack."
Like some other inclusions, this
can appear as fully formed fluorite crystals. When this happens, they also share the
properties of manifestation crystals, although this term generally refers to
tiny quartz crystals in a larger host quartz.
"Fluorite produces an energy which
is predisposed to discourage chaotic, disruptive, and disorganized growth. It
emits an energy which can be used to stabilize and to produce order within the
mental, physical, emotional and spiritual systems. It can be used to bring
order to chaos.”
Further properties of fluorite included quartz depend on the fluorite colour, as does the chakra it resonates with; light blue - throat, dark blue - third eye, green - heart, purple - crown and clear fluorite works with all, but with a special affinity for the crown.
"Blue Fluorite is an excellent energy for
stimulating ones clear, concise communicative skills, both within the physical
reality and between the plane and other worlds.”
"Green fluorite can bring a
cleansing, tidying, mint-like freshness of springtime to the chakras and to
"Purple fluorite is a third-eye
stone bringing rationality to the intuitive qualities and assisting one in
"Colourless fluorite has been used
to stimulate the crown chakra and to clear and energize the aura. It has been
used to align the chakras, to open the pathways between universal energy and
the physical body and to facilitate transmittal of energy from other minerals
Often appears as beautiful golden
"Goethite helps one to attune
to the ethereal realms, and enhances communication with "the angels".
It also facilitates clairaudience, enhances communication on the physical plane
and strengthens communication with other worlds and beings in those worlds. It
can enable one to predict future events and can be used to enhance the
abilities of a divining rod. It can be used to alleviate distractions and to
provide for intensified concentration."
Appearing as flakes in Welsh quartz, this is the purest Gold on Earth and is mined in only tiny quantities, it took us nearly 20 years to find just 33. Do a search for gold and quartz, and you may find gold on milky quartz masses (rough "snow" quartz), but not flakes or tiny nuggets in fully formed clear quartz crystals. As golden metallic inclusions in quartz are almost always pyrite (fools gold), we tested ours at the Birmingham Assay office to confirm they were indeed gold. They also contained traces of silver and copper.
Welsh gold has been especially prized as a jewellery metal for centuries and dates back to the days of the Celtic kingdoms when nobles wore gold torques as a badge of rank and power. The Royal family, in an echo of that ancient tradition, wear wedding rings made only of Welsh gold.
Gold has been called the master healer, symbolizing purity of heart, the perfection of alchemical transformation. Purifying at all levels, the beneficial effects of gold are considerable. Welsh gold unified with quartz by nature is extremely powerful and exceedingly rare. It is no exaggeration to call it the rarest quartz on earth.
"If one is fortunate enough to become an Earth-keeper for a quartz crystal containing gold, the uses are extensive. The properties of gold and the properties of quartz crystal are combined and produce "dynamite" results."
"Gold symbolizes the purity of the spiritual
aspect of "All That Is”. It is symbolic of spirituality and development in the
realm of complete understanding. It emits an energy to prompt one to allow
beauty to come forth from the inner being. It helps one to improve one's
character via learning, lessening the trauma associated with the gain of
knowledge. It assists one to activate, mobilize and actualize the intrinsic
potential of the self.
The energy of gold can be used to balance the energy fields, to combat feelings
of depression and inferiority, to allow one to both understand and to dispense
with self-reproach, and to calm anger. It has been said to attract honours,
wealth, happiness, to provide composure, stabilize the emotional system, to
alleviate tension and stress, and to amplify positive feelings. Gold has been
called "the master healer”. It is an excellent mineral for purification of the
physical body. It can clear negativity from the chakras and energy fields.
Gold, when in proximity to another mineral, provides a stabilizing influence to
the energy of that mineral.”
One of the best throat chakra
stones available. If the indicolite fibres are fine enough, the crystal has an
almost uniform blue colour.
Where these inclusions form a
phantom, blue phantom properties also apply.
"Blue tourmaline [indicolite]
can be used to activate the throat chakra and the third eye, strengthening the
skills associated with communication and psychic awareness. It assists one in
relating to others in a loving manner. Facilitates access to higher levels
of intuition. It acts as a vehicle for visions and for contact with the higher
Usually formed in tiny brass yellow cubes within the quartz. A beautiful, quite rare and magical looking inclusion. It creates protective energy within the aura which is able to prevent/reduce the intrusion of all forms of negative vibration. A uniquely protective stone.
"Pyrite helps to keep away all forms of
negative vibrations and can work to allay physical danger".
"Pyrite possesses a defending quality and is an excellent preventative which will shield one from many forms of negative energy. Simply having a piece of pyrite on one's person brings in the protective, shielding aspect of this stone which works on the physical, etheric, and emotional level, due to an energy field it creates within the aura. It is a unique protector and an excellent stone to keep in one's possession."
Recognised as having whitish,
relatively spherical inclusions.
"Snowball quartz combines the
properties of clear quartz with the properties of okenite; although the
chemical composition of okenite and the "snowballs” are not the same, the
properties are exhibited.”
"Okenite provides a feeling of "going home". It assists
one in accepting the conscious manifestation of ones higher-self, bringing an
end to inhibiting denials, while initiating a beginning to the actualization
and the manifestation of all aspects of self-forgiveness; hence, it initiates
"painless" completion of and total healing via one's karmic cycle. It
acts to purify the chakras and the physical, intellectual, emotional and
Fairly symmetrical, 5 sided Isis faces are not that common. They have special significance in relation to crystals working
with people, indicated by the "human" number 5 and are often used as "teacher" crystals. The number 5 also indicates the feminine principle and regeneration in terms of both its
mathematical and geometric properties. These crystals enhance the feminine principle, helping restore the balance of energies.
Phi, the Divine ratio, is the ratio of the segments in a
5-pointed star (pentagram) and was considered sacred to Plato and Pythagoras
mystery schools. Each larger (or smaller) section is related by the phi ratio.
This is an indication of the regeneration association. So the number 5 is also
closely related to the golden proportion, as are all quartz crystals, their
points angled the same as the perfectly proportioned Great Pyramids, which also
conform to Phi.
Unless otherwise stated, all quotes are from Love is in the Earth, by Melody.