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 colorless (white) quartz that has been coated, giving it a unique rainbow color effect. Therefore, it is not a gem type, but is an enhanced clear quartz. The coating technology, known as thin film deposition, was pioneered by a company called Azotic Coating Inc. Mystic quartz may be so-called because its attractive changing colors appear deep, mysterious and unusual. Mystic quartz usually appears to display rainbow colors, 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.
Identifying Mystic QuartzBack to Top
Mystic quartz can be identified by clear thin coating applied to colorless quartz which can result is an infinite combination of unique colors, often appearing similar to a kaleidoscopic. Pink mystic quartz is one of the more popular of varieties, as is the blue 'tanzanite-like mystic variety. Like all quartz varieties, it has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale.
Mystic Quartz; Origin and Gemstone SourcesBack to Top
The raw material for mystic quartz is white quarts, sometimes referred to as rock crystal, which is found all over the world. Some of the most important deposits are found in Brazil, Madagascar, the United States and the Alps. Many deposits have yields rock crystal specimens weighing several tons.
Buying Mystic Quartz and Mystic Quartz Gemstone ValueBack to Top
Mystic Quartz Gemological Properties:Back to Top
Please refer to our Gemstone Glossary for details of gemmology-related terms.
Mystic Quartz: Related or Similar Gemstones Back to Top
Mystic quartz is similar to mystic topaz, which is colorless 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 colors. Azotic gemstones usually display more pinkish-yellow tones than mystic gemstones.
Mystic Quartz Mythology, Metaphysical and Alternative Crystal Healing PowerBack 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. colorless 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. colorless 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.
Mystic Quartz Gemstone Jewelry Design IdeasBack to Top
Mystic quartz can be made into an almost limitless variety of jewelry due to its versatility. It is suitable for both rustic style, simply set or wire-wrapped bullet jewelry, or finely cut and faceted modern jewelry. 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 colored gemstones by size and not by carat weight. Colored stones vary in size-to-weight ratio. Some stones are larger and others are smaller than diamonds by weight in comparison.
Mystic Quartz Gemstone Jewelry Care and CleaningBack to Top
Although 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 jewelry 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 jewelry box.
- First Published: September-03-2006
- Last Updated: August-03-2016
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