Published July 2014  •  Updated February 2024  •  Read Time: 9 minutes
Clear Quartz, also called Rock Crystal, is pure silica without any inclusions.  All other varieties of Quartz, such as purple Amethyst, yellow Citrine or pink Rose Quartz get their color because of tiny inclusions in the silica.  Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals on earth, but good quality Clear Quartz is relatively rare.  The best pieces can be fully transparent, clear as glass, or have prisms that create sparkly rainbows. For centuries it was thought to be petrified ice that couldn’t melt!  Clear Quartz amplifies the energy of other crystals and can be used for any healing purpose.  It can also help us find our own energy and power.


Clear Quartz Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Clear Quartz amplifies power and energy. Instead of giving us it’s own unique essence, it simply resonates with pure clean “neutral good” energy. Clear Quartz can be used to support any purpose and strengthens the power and energy of other crystals. It is a fantastic tool for focusing and energizing our intentions, goals, affirmations and manifestations. It likewise amplifies our psychic gifts and the power of prayer. It is also a very good tool for meditation, especially if we are seeking an empty mind. Clear Quartz provides clarity and strength for our spiritual life. It reveals our spiritual purpose and the truth of who we are. Clear Quartz encourages us to act as amplifiers too – making choices and taking actions that raise the vibration in our own life and in the lives of those around us.

Metaphysical Properties Clear Quartz
Chakra All
Element Storm
Numerology 4
Zodiac All

Emotional Healing Properties

Clear Quartz helps us recognize and access our own pure energy. Its neutral energy invites us to be less judgmental and emotional, and more discerning and honest. With its help we see the truth clearly and we grow up. Clear Quartz reveals false beliefs and negative choices that do not serve us. It also helps us recognize the uplifting beliefs and positive choices that serve us well. Clear Quartz shows us where growth is still needed and what we need to do to create the happiest and healthiest life possible. In all aspects, Clear Quartz encourages us to find alignment and balance. It encourages us to let go of “victim mentality” and realize we are responsible for accepting or denying our Personal Power.

Mental Healing Properties

Clear Quartz’s energy is mentally revitalizing, like a cool drink of water or a good night’s sleep. It encourages problem solving and memory recall and can help us look at things from a new perspective. It is a stone for self-knowledge and is especially helpful for anyone engaged in their personal work, trying to understand and improve themselves. Clear Quartz helps us to move past self-limiting mental beliefs about ourselves, others, and the world at large. It can help us remain neutral when faced with emotionally-charged situations, allowing us to more easily understand and resolve problems.

Physical Healing Properties

Clear Quartz is consider a Master Healer and can be used as a talisman to support any condition. It amplifies the energy of other stones, make it a useful addition to any grid or medicine bag. Clear Quartz can also be helpful if we are avoiding taking care of ourselves or denying that our choices are impacting our body and life. Quartz reminds us that our choices, including our refusal to make a choice or take action, has serious consequences. Clear Quartz encourages us to choose a path that supports our health and wellbeing.

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Clear Quartz Mineralogy

Where does Clear Quartz come from?

Quartz is found throughout the world.  Clear Quartz is found in many mines, but rarely in large deposits.  Notable deposits are found in Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Madagascar, Switzerland, and United States

Mining and Treatments

Quartz is found all over the world and may be a primary or secondary mineral in a mining operation.  In most cases, Amethyst is the only variety that is valuable enough to justify a larger-scale mine.  Other quartz varieties are typically mined in tandem with other precious metals and minerals, but by themselves wouldn’t be valuable enough to justify the work.  For example, many Gold mines also extract a sizeable amount of Clear Quartz.  Likewise, an Amethyst mine may be focused on the purple gem, but will also produce Citrine, Clear Quartz, and Smoky Quartz.  Generally, the Quartz is found in its primary location still associated with its igneous rock matrix. But occasionally,

Artisanal mines are small-scale mines and may focus on any variety of quartz.  For example, there is a famous small-scale mine in Arkansas which produces exceptional Clear Quartz.

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Mineral Family

Clear Quartz is a Silicate mineral.  Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedra – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a silicon atom in the center and oxygen atoms at each of the three corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form a wide variety of minerals and rocks.  There are six main groups of silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar.  The Quartz family has two main main groups, macro-crystalline and micro-crystalline.  The macro-crystalline minerals form large well-shaped crystals that are often transparent, while the micro-crystalline only form microscopic crystals and are always opaque.  Clear Quartz or Rock Crystal is colorless.

Clear Quartz’s energy works well with its family – other macrocrystalline Quartz minerals.  Try it in combination with AmethystAmetrineCitrine, Prasiolite, Rose Quartz, and Smoky Quartz.

Clear Quartz Formation and Crystal Associates

Quartz crystals are created when liquid magma from a volcanic eruption cools down and transforms into igneous rocks. During this cooling down period, silica acid bubbles shift from being a gas/liquid into a solid compound. The bubble becomes a hollow space in the igneous rock and the silica acid becomes Quartz crystals.  Once the Quartz has formed, a large hollow is often called a “druze,” while a smaller hollow is a “geode.”  These druze and geodes can be removed from the host rock and then split open to revel the crystals inside.  If no trace elements are present to change its color, the silica acid becomes Clear Quartz.

Clear Quartz’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Chlorite and Rutile

Mineralogy Clear Quartz
Chemical Formula SiO2
Cleavage None
Color Colorless
Crystal System Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit Prismatic
Fracture Conchoidal
Hardness – Mohs Scale 7
Luminescence Pale yellow, white, or blue (short and long wave)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Tectosilicate
Specific Gravity 2.7
Streak White
Transparency Translucent to opaque

History of Clear Quartz

A variety of cultures, scattered across the globe, linked Clear Quartz with rain. Both the Irish and Mayan are known to have buried Clear Quartz crystals in their fields hoping to attract good rainfall and the blessing of a bountiful harvest. More recently, the Ta-ta-thi, an aboriginal tribe in Australia, were documented in the 20th century using Clear Quartz in their rain ritual. The Chief of the tribe would break a piece of Quartz into two pieces and throw the smaller part into the sky. The remaining piece was wrapped in feathers, soaked in water and buried. If performed correctly, it was said to consistently bring down the rains.

The word Quartz dates back to the 16th century and is an old German mining term. Prior to that, Quartz was more often called by its Greek name, krystallos, meaning “clear ice”. For centuries, Quartz was believed to be ice which had petrified and therefore remained in a permanent solid state. This belief persisted well into the European medieval period.

Rain On Flowers, Quartz

Quartz has also been used in human burials since time immortal. It was especially common among the Celtic peoples of the British Isles and Native Americans in the American Southwest. According to various legends, a piece of Quartz serves to “light the way” in the after-life, to help the dead communicate, or may encourage the souls of the departed to be judged as “pure” when facing eternal judgement.

The earliest literary reference to Clear Quartz is found in the Rigveda, a Hindu sacred text. Written between 1500-1200 BCE, the Rigveda includes many origin stories as well as hymns and prayers. One such story describes how Indra, the leader of the gods, liberated the holy rivers. According to the Rigveda, long ago in the time of the gods, the demon stone serpent (or cave), Vala, was killed and dismembered by Indra. Vala’s body was then scattered across the world. Each piece of his body turned into a different type of gemstone. The Vedic texts say the god’s semen was transformed into Clear Quartz. The texts later state that wearing Clear Quartz set in gold will bring good fortune, protection, and extraordinary sexual powers!

Clear Quartz was also mentioned in an early lapidary written by the Greek priest Onomacritis (530-480BCE), founder of the Hellenic mysteries. He said, “Who so goes in the temple with this in his hand may be quite sure of having his prayers granted, as the gods cannot withstand its power.” Clear Quartz was used along with flint to start fires, but Onomacritis explained that “when this stone is laid upon dry wood, so that the sun’s rays may shine upon it, there will soon be smoke, then fire, then bright flames.” These bright flames were known as “Holy Fire” and were the most desirable way to burn offerings to the gods.

In the first century CE, the mystic Apollinus of Tyana (c.15-100) claimed to use Quartz to make himself invisible. According to legend, the mystic disappeared and reappeared in front of the Roman Emperor Caesar Domitian and then repeated the exercise at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. Two millennia later, in 1935 a Hungarian scientist, Herr Stephen Pribill, partially recreated Apolliunus’ feat. Using mercury lamps and high voltage electricity passing through Quartz, he proved it was possible to make small items invisible to the naked eye.

Himalayan Quartz comes from the oldest and highest Quartz deposits in the world, found at over 10,000 feet above sea level nestled among the earth’s tallest mountains.  As such, they are highly desired by the metaphysical community who detect a singularly high vibration distinct from those minerals found at lower levels.  While the more generic form of Clear Quartz is included in most ancient, medieval and modern lapidaries, few specifically distinguish Himalayan Quartz from other Clear Quartz deposits.  Among locals, Himalayan Quartz are sometimes called “the Eyes of God” and to give gifts of clear intuitive sight to anyone who holds one.  The Quartz are believed to hold within them all the knowledge and wisdom of the yogis, saints and other gurus.

View Of Everest From Gokyo Ri, Himalayan Quartz

Tibetan Prayer Flags, Himalayas

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