April is here, and with the arrival of the new month comes a beautiful new birthstone. We love the clear, subtle sparkle of crystal quartz and the fact that it goes with everything in our wardrobe, but did you know that it is considered to be one of the most powerful healing and energising crystals on the planet?
How and where is it formed?
Clear quartz or rock crystal as it is known is one of the most abundant crystals in the world. It forms in igneous rocks when silicon dioxide crystallises as it cools, just like water turning into ice. Generally the slower it cools, the larger the crystal will be.
Crystal Quartz throughout historyThe fact that crystal quartz can be found all over the world means that it features in legends from many different cultures. The name quartz may be derived from the Greek word for ice, as ancient Greeks and Romans believed that it was actually ice formed by the gods that would never melt. In the middle ages, European clairvoyants used clear quartz spheres to help them to predict the future, this is perhaps where the ‘crystal ball’ originated. In ancient Japanese mythology it was believed to be the physical form of a white dragon’s breath, a symbol of perfection, and here in Australia crystal quartz also appears in indigenous stories and ceremonies.
Crystal Quartz benefits, energies and uses
Crystal quartz is known a stone of clarity, a deep soul cleanser said to clear your thoughts and help you identify where you want to go in life and how to get there. An excellent stone for manifestation, it is believed to supercharge your intentions and help keep you on your chosen path.
Described as the ‘master healer’, crystal quartz is thought to be the most powerful healing crystal there is, able to help with any issue, ailment or spiritual process. It is believed to harmonise all of the chakras and focus, amplify, store and transform energy, working at a vibrational level that is attuned to your own specific requirements.