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The most famous Quartz is of course
Amethyst (see separate heading), but in fact there are many forms
of this gemstone.
Here are a few:
A transparent form of Quartz that varies from light yellow through
deep orange in color. Found mostly in Brazil, Bolivia, and Spain,
Citrine is usually heated to improve its color. Not to be confused
with Topaz. Citrine was thought to bring a calm, objective attitude,
and make its wearer cheerful.
Clear transparent Quartz, often used as pointed natural crystals
or cut into carvings or crystal balls. This form of Quartz was
used in ceremonies by Native Americans, and is sometimes carried
in the Shaman's medicine bag. The Japanese are said to be fond
of the Rock Crystal ball as an instrument of contemplation.
Translucent light to medium pink gemstone: can occur as a star
stone. Rose Quartz was reputed to have a calming effect, heightening
feelings of creativity and peacefulness. It is the gem from which
the lenses of rose-colored glasses should be cut.
A golden striated form of Quartz which glints with a form of chatoyency
and is opaque. A naturally lucky stone, Tigereye was thought to
stimulate and clarify the thoughts of its wearer.
A tan to dark brown type of transparent Quartz, sometimes incorrectly
called Smoky Topaz. It was thought to be lucky for foresters and
Rutilated Quartz: Clear Quartz with golden needles of rutile crystals
scattered throughout the stone.
Tourmilated Quartz: Clear Quartz with black tourmaline crystal needles
Quartz crystal points are quite popular
among New Age believers and are thought to focus the spirit's
inherent power toward healing and self improvement. Rutilated
and Tourmilated Quartz are thought to be especially good receptors
and amplifiers of ethereal energies.
Rock Crystal balls are the traditional
crystal ball and were used as tools to divine the future and commune
with the spirits.