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Mystic Quartz Gemstone Information

About Mystic Quartz - History and Introduction

Mystic quartz is quite a new gem type, first seen around 1998. It is natural colourless (white) quartz that has been coated, giving it a unique rainbow colour effect. Therefore, it is not a gem type, but is an enhanced clear quartz. Mystic quartz may be so-called because its attractive changing colours appear deep, mysterious and unusual. Mystic quartz usually appears to display rainbow colours, with greens, blues and purples being quite prominent. Since the treatment is a coating, it is not a permanent enhancement, but its remarkable appearance makes it an interesting gem in its own right.

Mystic Quartz Gemstone
Mystic Quartz Gemstone
Identifying Mystic Quartz Back to Top

Mystic quartz can be identified by its kaleidoscopic colour and its hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale.

Mystic Quartz; Origin and Gemstone Sources Back to Top

The raw material for mystic quartz is rock crystal, which is found all over the world. Some of the most important deposits have been found in Brazil, Madagascar, the USA and the Alps. Rock crystals weighing several tonnes have been found.

Buying Mystic Quartz and Determining Mystic Quartz Gemstone Value Back to Top

Mystic Quartz Colour

As mentioned above, mystic quartz has a very interesting rainbow colour, which changes as it is tilted. This is what sets it apart from other stones, since every single colour can be seen in one kaleidoscopic and magical stone. The quality of mystic quartz gemstones is dependent on the quality of the raw material; in this case a clear quartz gem. Therefore, quartz gems with high clarity and lustre will yield the best results.

Mystic Quartz Clarity and Lustre

Transparent, eye clean quartz is used to produce mystic quartz gemstones. Mystic quartz exhibits a vitreous (glassy) lustre.

Mystic Quartz Cut and Shape

Quartz is a very versatile material. Therefore it can be fashioned into a great variety of shapes, such as square, round, octagon, pear, oval, heart and other fancy shapes. Strongly coloured gemstones are usually scissor cut whereas weakly coloured stones are generally brilliantly cut. This best shows off the brilliance and clarity of the gems. Since mystic quartz is strongly coloured, the clear quartz can be brilliantly cut in preparation for the colour enhancement. Mystic quartz should not be re-cut, since this would remove the coating and expose the colourless quartz beneath.

Mystic Quartz Treatment

Colourless quartz, the raw material, is always untreated. In order to convert eye clean colourless quartz of fine quality into mystic quartz, a process known as thin film deposition is used. The cut and polished quartz is coated with an extremely thin titanium film that bonds with quartz at the molecular level. This is not a permanent treatment, since it only affects the surface of the stone.

Mystic Quartz Gemmological Properties: Back to Top
Chemical Formula: SiO2, silicon dioxide
Crystal Structure: (Trigonal), hexagonal prisms
Colour: Colourless
Hardness: 7 on the Mohs scale
Refractive Index: 1.544 - 1.553
Density: 2.65
Cleavage: None
Transparency: Transparent
Double Refraction or Birefringence: +0.009
Lustre: Vitreous
Fluorescence: None

Please refer to our Gemstone Glossary for details of gemmology-related terms.

Mystic Quartz: Related or Similar Gemstones Back to Top
Mystic Topaz Gemstone
Mystic Topaz

Mystic quartz is similar to mystic topaz, which is colourless topaz that is coated in the same way. Mystic quartz is also similar to Azotic quartz and Azotic topaz. "Azotic" is a trade name for a patented process whereby the gemstone is coated to produce rainbow colours. Azotic gemstones usually display more pinkish-yellow tones than mystic gemstones.

Mystic Quartz Gemstone Mythology, Metaphysical and Alternative Crystal Healing Powers Back to Top

Mystic quartz is natural quartz that has been coated to enhance it, therefore, the beliefs that are attributed to natural quartz also apply to it. Colourless quartz is said to heighten the feelings or energy of its wearer. It is also thought to be an uplifting crystal that helps to dispel negativity and provides protection against harmful atmospheres. Colourless quartz is also attributed with the ability to clear the mind and facilitate concentration. Physically, quartz is claimed to be stabilizing and balancing. In traditional Hindu belief systems, quartz is associated with balancing the crown chakra, which assists with higher consciousness.

Disclaimer: Metaphysical and Alternative Crystal Healing Powers and Properties are not to be taken as confirmed advice. Traditional, Ceremonial and Mythological Gemstone Lore is collected from various resources and does not represent the sole opinion of SETT Co., Ltd. This information is not to replace the advice of your doctor. Should you have any medical conditions, please see a licensed medical practitioner. GemSelect does not guarantee any claims or statements of healing or astrological birthstone powers and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.
Mystic Quartz Gemstone and Jewellery Design Ideas Back to Top

Mystic quartz can be made into an almost limitless variety of jewellery due to its versatility. It is suitable for both rustic style, simply set or wire-wrapped bullet jewellery, or finely cut and faceted modern jewellery. Mystic quartz can be fashioned into rings, earrings, bracelets and pendants of almost any shape. Mystic quartz is quite hard (7 on the Mohs scale), which gives it durability. However, it should not be re-cut, since this could remove the coating.

Note: Buy coloured gemstones by size and not by carat weight. Coloured stones vary in size-to-weight ratio. Some stones are larger and others are smaller than diamonds by weight in comparison.

Mystic Quartz Gemstone Jewellery Care and Cleaning Back to Top

How to Clean your GemstonesAlthough quartz is considered to be relatively hard (7 on the Mohs scale), mystic quartz requires some care. Only mild detergent should be used for cleaning, combined with a gentle scrubbing with a toothbrush at the most. In order to avoid water stains on the coating, the crystal should be dried with a towel or soft cloth.

To clean your quartz gemstones, simply use warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Be sure to rinse well to remove soapy residue. As with most gemstones, ultrasonic cleaners and steamers are not recommended. Always remove any jewellery or gemstones before cleaning or engaging in harsh physical activities such as sport. Store quartz gemstones away from other gemstones to avoid scratches. It is best to wrap gemstones in soft cloth or place them inside a fabric-lined jewellery box.

  • First Published: September-03-2006
  • Last Updated: February-21-2014
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