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.
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 Gemmological 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 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.
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
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 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: May-30-2014
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