Crystals: The Many Faces and Meanings of Quartz September 13 2015, 0 Comments

When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with crystals and gems. Anytime I could get my hands on one at the nature store in the mall or at the gift shop of a museum, I would beg my mom to buy me one to add to my collection of majestic beauties. Sometimes I would get lucky and randomly find one somewhere and it would be the happiest day when I could add another gem to my collection of beautiful, sparkling, awesomeness. Each of my beloved crystals sat next to the other, in a row on my dresser like a it's own little museum of magical wonders, but I never really thought about why I was so drawn to them and fascinated by them.

Fast forward 20 years later, and I'm still obsessed. Nowadays, I adore collecting jewelry with amethyst, quartz, or rose quartz attached to a long chain or on a ring. I even display my rings and necklaces on random chunks of crystal rock that I buy at jewelry shows, antique fairs, or a fun store on a road trip somewhere. But what do they all mean?

Here's a breakdown of the top three most commonly coveted crystals and what they all mean and how to use them in your day to day life.

Quartz

Quartz is actually the most common stone on the planet. Many colors of quartz have their own names (purple quartz is Amethyst, pink quartz is Rose Quartz), but the traditional clear quartz is the most commonly referred to crystal. The origin of the word 'quartz' is not known, but many ancient cultures had traditional uses for quartz. Ancient Japanese folklore believed quartz formed from the breath of a white dragon (if that's not the coolest fun fact ever, I don't know what is). Australian aborigines used quartz in rain rituals and even crystal balls used by gypsies and fortune tellers are made of quartz! Quartz can be icy clear or contain bubbles and variations.

Meanings: Power, Energy, Clarity

Quartz is said to enhance thoughts, direct or amplify energy, which makes it a perfect stone for healing rituals, meditation, protection, and channeling. It is also useful for storing and retrieving energy or thoughts. Quartz is also a good tool for energizing other crystals.

 

 

How to use quartz in your day to day life:

Bedroom:

Due to it's ability to balance, quartz is excellent for harmonizing and balancing one's environment. Set one in your bedroom on the nightstand to clear away negative energy and is great for dream recall and dream work. 

Work:

Bust out a quartz on your desk at work to dispel negativity, purify your personal work space, and amplify creative thought and inspiration. Setting some quartz nearby if you are studying can also be beneficial as quartz also clarifies thought, concentration, and can help with retaining what you are trying to learn.

Love:

Quartz can even help out in your love life by balancing energies so it wouldn't hurt to stash one in your purse or top your outfit off with a quartz necklace on your next hot date!

Yoga:

Quartz is great for meditation as it helps to clear your mind and purify your environment. It is associated with the crown chakra and works to balance and energize all chakras.

Healing:

Quartz is a Master Healer stone and an excellent all purpose crystal healing tool. It is said to amplify reputed to be particularly effective for food poisoning, fatigue, arthritis, bone injuries, and depression among many other troubles.

 

 

After learning all of this, I finally understand why I coveted these precious gems so much all of my life. As I continue expanding my collection, I find more new and inspiring ways to display them in my favorite spaces and include them in my outfits on a daily basis. You will seldom see me without a quartz necklace or ring on.

One last thing- If your quartz were to break, make sure to bury it in the ground as it signifies that you have learned everything you can from that piece and it signifies time to move on to another new quartz piece!