For a long time I hated quartz.
I mean, not hate hate. I just didn’t like it. I was utterly underwhelmed. I’m an April baby, which means that my birthstone is the diamond (though sometimes it’s listed as cubic zirconia or quartz.) That means all of my birthstone jewelry is clear. That means all of my birthstone jewelry is ugly. This is especially when compared to beautiful stones like July’s ruby, September’s sapphire, or even November’s topaz.
Diamonds and quartz and cubic zirconia are just boring. So when I first started to collect stones I’d reach for the pretty ones – amethyst (of course), fluorite, and citrine. And then I began to move onto the colorful ones like labradorite, jasper, and moonstone.
As I’ve grown with my relationship with crystals, I’ve come to appreciate them all, including (or especially) the ugly or boring ones. Sure, I typically still enjoy something shiny and pretty like pyrite or a highly polished geode, but over the years I’ve come to appreciate stones and crystals as not just adornments, but as magical tools. I can wear a hematite pendant when I want a little extra protection, and no one is going to notice it like they would if I wore an elaborate amulet. I can slip on a cute onyx ring and no one is going to look at it and know that I’m in need of some grounding and stability in my life.
I’m still not the biggest fan of diamonds (a lot of my issues with diamonds are ethical ones coming from the diamond industry and the wedding-industrial complex) and cubic zirconia (I’m still trying to reconcile my relationship with man-made stones) But I’ve started to appreciate and even enjoy quartz.
According to Wikipedia, it’s the “second most abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust.” This has become abundantly clear when browsing crystals online or in stores or shopping for other magical tools. Quartz is everywhere. I’ve also come to realize that many of my more prized crystals are really just different types of quartz, including citrine and amethyst. Quartz is also found in other stones, like agate, onyx, carnelian, and jasper. So, it’s pretty hard to get away from it.
But not only is it abundant and permeating, quartz is powerful, too. I’ve read many places over the years that say that if you don’t have a certain gemstone quartz can stand in for anything that you might need. It’s an energy amplifier, and pairs well with pretty much everything. It’s commonly used in the tips of wands or staffs, and it can be a great addition to an altar or other special area as a way to increase the vibrations of that space. Some special quartz also retains energy, emotions, memories, and data, and these can be accessed through meditations and visualizations.
I’ve also come to realize that quartz is actually very beautiful. I have a few clear quartz pieces I’ve managed to collect over the years, and I display them proudly with my flashier chunks of pyrite, amethyst, and citrine. I use them in charms and rituals, and I have a few placed strategically around the house where I think they might enjoy themselves and also direct the energy in a way that is beneficial for everyone.
Just because a crystal isn’t flashy (like labradorite) or pretty (like moonstone) or really cool looking (like jasper) or found in every single new age store across the globe (amethyst), I'm glad I gave quartz a chance. I stumbled upon a stone that became a favorite, as well as being a versatile, powerhouse of energy.
So, do you have any favorite crystals or gemstones? What are your least favorite crystals or gemstones? Do you have anything that it took you a while to work with but once you did you were happy with the results? Please share your thoughts in the comments! I’m always trying to learn more things about crystals, and I’d love to hear from you! In the meantime, clear skies!
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