Celebrate life and attract good friends and romance.
Keep your wits sharp and dare to think outside the box.
Shake off anxiety and stay focused on the here and now.
Feel lighthearted, self-confident, and protected by grace.
Let Whiskey Quartz inspire you to sing your own song!
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Healing Properties of Whiskey Quartz
Spiritual: Whiskey Quartz combines the energies of Citrine and Smoky Quartz, bringing us a happy-go lucky energy that is still sensible and grounding. It reminds us that we are strong and resilient and fully capable of making our dreams come true. Whiskey Quartz keeps our feet firmly grounded during Shamanic and other intense energy work and can keep us safe from Dark Energies. It is a purifying stone, continually bringing our spirits back into the Light. Its generous and lighthearted energy attracts good friends and financial abundance. Whiskey Quartz is attuned to the Root and Solar Plexus Chakras and linked to Sagittarius and Capricorn. It is connected to the elements of Earth and Fire and vibrates to the numbers 2 and 8.
Emotional: Whiskey Quartz joyfully shouts that life is good and we should celebrate all the bounty and goodness in it. It encourages us to be social and spend time with people who make our hearts glad. Whiskey Quartz is a bold stone that can help us be more confident about approaching whoever catches our eye and attention. As such, it makes an excellent talisman for anyone in the dating world, hoping to find a good partner. It helps us to stay focused on the moment and not get stressed out by thinking too far into the future. Whiskey Quartz is a wonderful stone to keep close during times of trouble and stress, and gives us strength, protection, and faith in our own abilities.
Mental: Whiskey Quartz is a pragmatic stone, helping us to stay calm and look at things objectively and with an open-mind. It encourages us to shake off anxiety and instead apply ourselves directly to whatever problems we may be facing. Whiskey Quartz encourages collaboration and can help us to verbalize our thoughts aloud, sharing ideas with others and taking in valuable feedback. Whiskey Quartz reminds us that very little is truly “impossible” – those crazy ideas just take a little bit more work and energy! Whiskey Quartz encourages us to get busy “doing the impossible” and to pay no mind to anyone who says it can’t be done.
Physical: Whiskey Quartz has been used by metaphysical healers to treat conditions related to chronic stress and poor lifestyle choices. It is believed to be particularly helpful for treating the digestive system and the liver. It has also been used to treat alcohol related problems, metaphysically “biting the dog back.”
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Whiskey Quartz
Mineral Family: Tectosilicate
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Crystal System: Hexagonal/trigonal
Fracture: Conchoidal, very brittle
Location: Whiskey Quartz is a rare variation of Smoky Quartz. It has been found alongside the more common brown Smoky Quartz in several locations worldwide, including: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Ghana, Hungary, India, Madagascar, Mozambique, Scotland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
Mineral Family: Whiskey Quartz is a type of golden-brown 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. Colorless Quartz is called Clear Quartz, or Rock Crystal. Purple Quartz is Amethyst. Yellow Quartz is Citrine. Green Quartz is Prasiolite. Pink Quartz is Rose Quartz. Brown Quartz is Smoky Quartz. Whiskey Quartz is a shade of Quartz that isn’t quite Citrine or Smokey, but somewhere in between the two.
Formation: Whiskey 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. If no trace elements are present to change its color, the silica acid becomes Clear Quartz.
Mining: Whiskey Quartz is typically found near or within Amethyst mines, which is also where most Citrine and Smoky Quartz comes from. The reason for this is that the only chemical difference between Amethyst, Citrine, Smoky Quartz, and Whiskey Quartz is how quickly the silica acid cooled down!
Enhancements: Whiskey Quartz is fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Synonyms: Smoky Citrine, Smoky Quartz, Cairngorm
History of Whiskey Quartz
Whiskey Quartz is a relatively “new” stone on the market, and is often better known as natural Smoky Citrine. Whiskey Quartz is not included any ancient or medieval lapidary, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. The name, of course, honors the dusky golden color, remarkably similar to the drink.
The word “whiskey” (or whisky) is an anglicized word for the Gaelic uisce, meaning “water.” In classical Irish Gaelic, the beloved distilled liquor is called uisce beatha or “water of life!”
Ethically Sourced Whiskey Quartz
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells to a Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with one middleman involved.
This Whiskey Quartz comes from a small Amethyst mine in Brazil.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Whiskey Quartz was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since 2014. They are the oldest tumbling company in the world and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The company started in California in the 1950s and was eventually bought by a British immigrant who had young sons. Eventually the company moved to South Africa in order to be closer to the source of their best-selling stone and to have the legal rights to export it. The company is now run by the sons and their childhood best friend.
The current owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women. Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I ask the owners directly. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of the stones I sell from sub-Sahara Africa.
Safe Handling of Whiskey Quartz
What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Whiskey 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.
Polishing Method: Drum polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.
- Color: Dark yellow
- Polish: Shiny and smooth
- Quality: AA
- Shape: Rounded
- Size: Average size is 1.25 in / 32 mm
- Transparency: Translucent
- Weight: Average weight is 0.6 oz / 17 g / 85 carats
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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