Quartz, Strawberry

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Healing Properties of Strawberry Quartz

Spiritual: Strawberry Quartz has a joyful energy that make us feel vibrantly alive in the present moment.  It firmly connects our spiritual life to our physical body and regular life, and shows us that the mortal and divine are not nearly as separated as we might have been taught to believe.  Strawberry Quartz wakes us up from any spiritual lethargy we may have fallen into.  It tickles our passions and sparks our creativity, playful urging us to actively get involved in our own spiritual journey.  Strawberry Quartz reminds us that life is short, so it’s up to us to make it sweet.  Strawberry Quartz seduces the Kundalini energy so that it rises up all the way up to our crown.  When used in meditation, it can open and activate all our chakras, bringing us a sense of balance and bliss.  Strawberry Quartz brings us back to Eden, to the time before pain and sorrow.  It teaches us that we hold Eden inside ourselves and we can access that purity and perfection, whenever we need to.  Strawberry Quartz helps us to find our spiritual lovers and can transform lovemaking into an act of worship.  Strawberry Quartz is attuned to the Root, Sacral and Heart Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Aries and Sagittarius. It is connected to the element of Fire and vibrates to the numbers 1 and 2.

Emotional: Strawberry Quartz relaxes unnecessary emotional boundaries.  It wants us to feel loved and to love others passionately.  If we have suffered from abuse, particularly emotional or sexual abuse, Strawberry Quartz can help us to discern who to trust and who to keep away.  If we feel jaded or frightened to let people in, Strawberry Quartz can bring back some of our innocence, without leaving us foolish.  Strawberry Quartz helps us to put the past firmly in the past, to be alive to the beauty of the present moment and to have sweet hopes of the future.  Strawberry Quartz helps us create a home that feels loving and safe.  It releases anger and resentment, and gives us strength during challenging times.  It lights up our path so we can find kind lovers and wonderful soulmates.  It promises us that we deserve to be happy and to be loved.

Mental: Strawberry Quartz has a highly creative energy, helping artists, writers, and musicians keep their work fresh and interesting.  It brings inspiration all on its own, but is even better at helping us find other muses to continually inspire us.    Strawberry Quartz helps us to understand why we feel, think and act the way we do.  If certain aspects do not serve us, then Strawberry Quartz helps us to break free and start anew.  Strawberry Quartz encourages our curiosity and helps us to process information and see the patterns within data.  It is an excellent tool for anyone going to therapy or otherwise working on themselves.  Strawberry Quartz helps us to do that important work, but also reminds us that there is at time when we are good enough and perfection isn’t a reasonable request to make of ourselves or others. 

Physical: Strawberry Quartz is used by metaphysical healers to support anyone facing a serious condition that saps physical energy and resiliency.  Strawberry Quartz is said to stabilize the body and bring back our physical energy.  It is also believed to help with eating disorders and sexual disorders.  Strawberry Quartz helps us to enjoy life in a healthy manner and to treat our physical body like the holy temple that it is.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Strawberry Quartz

Strawberry Quartz, Sidi Rahal, Kazakhstan

Mineral Family: Tectosilicate

Chemical Composition: SiO2 
Cleavage: None
Color: Red, dark pink
Crystal System: Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit: Prismatic
Fracture: Conchoidal, very brittle
Gravity: 2.65
Hardness: 7
Luminescence: None
Luster: Vitreous
Streak: White
Transparency: Transparent to translucent

Location: Strawberry Quartz is a rare red variety of quartz that has been typically only found in small quantities.  Notable deposits include Argentina, Brazil, China, England, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russia, South Africa and United States (California, Washington).

 

Mineral Family: Strawberry Quartz is a red or dark pink variety of Quartz, which is in turn 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 tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various 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. Quartz is a large mineral family in its own right and its members come in every shade of the rainbow.  Light pink Quartz is called Rose Quartz, while dark pink/red goes by a variety of names including Strawberry Quartz. 

Formation: Strawberry Quartz is created when liquid magma from a volcanic explosion 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. Trace particles of iron within the silica acid give Strawberry Quartz its red color, otherwise the silica acid would transform into Clear Quartz. The temperature at which the Quartz cools down determines the color, since iron particles can also produce shades of purple, yellow, green, grey and brown.  By contrast, Rose Quartz’s light pink color is due to titanium inclusions.  

Mining: Strawberry Quartz is rare.  When it is found it is almost always as a secondary mineral within commercial Amethyst mines.

Enhancements: While Strawberry Quartz does occur naturally, this name and similar-sounding fruit names are often used to market synthetic man-made stones.  See history tab for more information.  

Synonyms: Red Quartz, Scarlet Quartz, Cherry Quartz, Raspberry Quartz, Red Amethyst, Ferruginous Quartz, Hematite Quartz

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Strawberry Quartz

History of Strawberry Quartz

Scarlet Quartz, New Cook’s Kitchen Mine, England, UK

Strawberry Quartz is a relatively new crystal for the metaphysical community and so is not included in any of the ancient or medieval lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers.  Strawberry Quartz is a popular marketing name for red, dark pink or reddish-purple Quartz.  It is named for the sweet berry which it sometimes resembles.

The first known reference to Red Quartz dates to the late 1800s, when a fine-grained Red Hematite Quartz was found in English iron mines.  It was initially called “Scarlet Quartz” but that name soon fell out of fashion.  Today reddish-orange Quartz is called Ferruginous Quartz by scientific collectors and Tangerine Quartz by metaphysical collectors.  Amusingly, both kind of collectors will use the name Strawberry Quartz for reddish-pink Quartz.

In the 21st century, various fruit-inspired names have been given to synthetic man-made stones.  These synthetic stones are usually easy to identify.  They tend to have an exceptionally-vibrant color and are often translucent or coated with a rainbow sheen.  In some cases, they are made from regular Clear Quartz, such as in the case of these crystal points.  At other times, the entire “crystal” will be made from glass or similar materials.   

Strawberry Aura Quartz, man-made crystal

  Photos: Scarlet Quartz, Strawberry Aura Quartz

Ethically Sourced Strawberry Quartz

 

The Miners sell to a Lapidary.

The Lapidary sells to a US Wholesaler/Importer. 

The Importer sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is relatively short.

The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.

The Importer is from a different country, but personally visits the lapidary once a year.

 

 

The Mine

This Strawberry Quartz is from Brazil, most likely from a small Amethyst mine.

The exact deposit is unknown but would have relatively safe conditions for workers and low environmental impact.

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Lapidary & Importer

This Strawberry Quartz was polished in Brazil.

Brazilian factories are typically safe for workers.

The Strawberry Quartz was imported by a US mineral wholesaler.    

The Importer is a family business run by a married couple.

The Importer pays its employees fairly.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first encountered the US wholesaler at the 2015 Franklin, North Carolina Gem and Mineral Show.  They carry a wide-variety of tumbled stones, both common and rare.  The tumbled Celestite and specialty Obsidian particularly caught my eye, since no other source carries them.  The owners are a married couple, he takes care of their larger stones, while she is the self-proclaimed, “Tumbled Stone Queen.” The Queen knows her stock inside and out and we’ve spoken in person and by phone about the geology and origins of various minerals.

The amount of middlemen involved does give me pause.  I only purchase stones from this source if I can’t find the stone elsewhere and I am confident about mining and lapidary conditions for the countries in question.

Safe Handling of Strawberry Quartz

Strawberry Quartz

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Strawberry Quartz

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Brazil

Polishing Method: Polished by hand, one stone at a time.  Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Dark pinkish-red
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Rounded
  • Size: Average size is 1 inch / 25 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is .5 ounce / 14 gram / 75 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.