terminated quartz

Alphabetically arranged list of popular precious and semiprecious stones by their magickal intentions.

Anaphrodisiac (Opposite of Aphrodisiac): Onyx

Aphrodisiac: Pearl

Animals: Boulder matrix opal (to access one’s animal guides), cat’s eye (for all spellwork relating to cats), cylindrite, faustite, ganophyllite, horneblende (for communicating with the physical and spiritual animal worlds), stibnite (a totem stone for the wolf), and tiger’s eye.

Astral Projection/Astral Travel: Agate (Brazilian), alexandrite, ametrine, angelite, apophyllite, astrophyllite, azulicite, benitoite, calcite, caledonite, celestite, florencite, geode, iolite, jasper, kyanite, lepidocrocite, lepidolite, linarite, lodestone, milarite, mohawkite, obsidian (blue or electric-blue sheen), petalite, quartz crystal (espesially double terminated and quartz penetrated by black tourmaline crystals), ramsdellite, richterite, rutile, sapphire (blue), spinel (dark blue), tellurium, tephroite, tunnellite (to strengthen the silver cord), and turquoise.

Banishing Evil Spirits: Diamond, emerald, jasper, and jet.

Bravery: Agate (tawny), amethyst, aquamarine, beryl, bloodstone, carnelian, diamond, garnet, lapis lazuli, sard, sardonyx, tiger’s eye, tourmaline (red), and turquoise.

Clairvoyance: See Psychic Powers.

Divination: Azurite, emerald, flint, hematite, jet, lamprophyllite, mica, moonstone, mosandrite, obsidian, opal, palermoite (stimulates the ability for palmistry), sapphire, and tiger’s eye.

Dreams: Amethyst, augelite, azurite, beta quartz, Chinese writing rock, dickite, garnet, jade, jasper (red), kyanite, lapis lazuli, manganosite, moonstone, opal, peridot, quartz crystal, rhonite, ruby, sapphire (green), and tourmaline (blue). See also Prophetic Dreams

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Crystal Of The Day - 06/20/16 - Quartz

I thought I’d start my little series with the most commonly collected crystal!

Chemical Formula: SiO2
Mohs Scale Hardness:
Mineral Group: Silicate 

Quartz is the second-most common mineral in the Earth’s crust. Chances are, no matter where you are in the world, you can pick up some type of quartz off the ground. Today we’re just going to talk about clear quartz, specifically. 

Some notable locations where crystal quartz is found are Minas Gerais, Brazil, Arkansas, USA, and the Herkimer county of New York, USA. The most common quartz points you find on the market are the ones from Brazil. They are mined by the ton every year in huge mining operations, and are very inexpensive. Both Arkansas and New York are famous for having great quality quartz crystals, and both offer different sites where people can come dig for crystals themselves. Herkimer county is specifically known for having a double terminated variety of quartz, that goes by the trade name of Herkimer diamond. Some people try to pass off just any double terminated quartz crystals as Herkimer diamonds, but it is important to note that a crystal is not a “true” Herkimer unless it comes from Herkimer county in New York. 

In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, quartz also has industrial uses. Did you ever notice how some watches have the word quartz written on the face? That is because a quartz crystal is used in the watch to regulate the electronic oscillator. Quartz has rather unique electrical properties that make it a great tool for electronics. Quartz is also rather heat resistant, and very hard and durable. Quartz countertops are quite popular for this reason as well!

Metaphysical: Quartz is a super versatile crystal for crystal healing. It’s often used to amplify the effect of other crystals. Quartz is very grounding, and can also be a great tool to use in meditation. 

Quartz is often referred to as a “master healer” as it can be used for almost anything! 

Buying Quartz: If you are in the market to buy some quartz crystals, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind!

  • One of the biggest things on the market right now is “aura quartz”. Aura crystals are crystals that have been super heated and sprayed with precious metal fumes to achieve differently colored shinny and iridescent effects. These pieces are always more costly than just the plain quartz. There are lots of different ways these aura pieces can be faked, as well. It is very common for cheaper knockoffs to be made where the quartz is just painted, and the color eventually peels off or fades.
  • Quartz also has a couple very common knockoffs! Probably the most common is just simple glass. If you see very inexpensive, perfectly clear crystal balls or pyramids, chances are you are looking at glass. A scratch test can be done to differentiate between glass and quartz. Quartz is harder than glass, so if your quartz can scratch a glass bottle, it passes the test. If it fails or struggles to scratch the glass, chances are it is glass and not quartz. 
  • “Smelt quartz” is another term some sellers use. Smelt quartz is very literally just glass. It will often be polished and shaped into the point of a crystal, and often times it is to try to pass it off as real quartz. 
  • Quartz can also be irradiated in order to turn yellow. This is called lemon quartz, and may be falsely sold as citrine. (Citrine is the natural variety of yellow quartz)
  • Crackle quartz is low quality quartz that has been heated to create cracks, and then dyed. It is very easy to distinguish this, because it is usually very brightly colored with color concentrating in the cracks. 

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I hope this is helpful to you! I have gathered my knowledge over my whole life. I grew up around crystals, and have been in the mineral business for just over 3 years now. 

I make by hand jewelry with only all natural gemstones. If you are interested, please feel free to checkout my shop. If you have any additional questions, I would be happy to answer! 

Spell to aid intuition

This is the first time I’ve posted a spell before, and it’s more of just a spell bag than anything, but I wanted to share my favorite spell bag with people.

This spell was designed to aid intuition and perceptiveness, and to clear the senses. It also has a few extra protective qualities to it. I used all ingredients I just had laying around, so it shouldn’t be too difficult, there’s nothing particularly exotic in this. I used a small, silver colored fabric gift bag, but any small container will do.

First, add the following herbs and spices to the bag:

  • Cinnamon
  • Allspice
  • Ginger
  • Mustard seed
  • Garlic
  • Sage
  • Cloves
  • Thyme

Then, you can either seal the bag there, or add a small quartz-based mineral. I chose to add a Herkimer diamond to mine, which is a kind of very clear, double terminated quartz, but any kind of quartz would do – amethyst would be particularly good.

Seal the bag, but not permanently, so that it can be reopened. Then whenever you’re in need of a boost to clear your mind and help your intuitive abilities, open it and breathe in the scent of the herbs and spices. Carry the bag whenever you think you’ll need it, or maybe place it under your pillow and sleep on it.

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I went to Herkimer County, NY last week with my mom on a short rock-hounding trip in search of Herkimer Diamonds.  First, I’d like to note that these aren’t actual diamonds, but double terminated quartz crystals, meaning they have a point on each end.  These crystals form like this in places like Tibet as well, but the ones found in Herkimer are known for their clarity.  They are formed naturally like this- not cut.  The larger specimens are going to be kept to display, but I have jewelry plans for some of the small ones.  

Most day-trippers who go to one of the mines in Herkimer County end up coming home with a few little crystals, but we seriously struck gold.  There are a few different ways to look for the crystals, which include panning dirt, lifting rocks, breaking rocks, and mining solid rock to find pockets.  

After about an hour work panning around in the rubble and finding only one crystal, I decided to check on my mom who was chiseling at the ledge wall of the mine.  People had opened up pockets all along the base of the wall, but she was trying to chip away at the rock between a couple previously excavated pockets.  After a while of working together on that (I couldn’t come up with a better idea), we opened up to some softer material that crumbled away and felt like it was opening up to a hole.  My mom passed me some of the new, clay-like material, and I cleaned it off in a different pocket that was empty of crystals but filled with water.  Inside were tons and tons of tiny Herkimer diamonds!  

Neither of us had the brawn nor stamina to take big chunks of rock away with sledge hammers and chisels, so we asked someone we met earlier in the day to help us out with the pocket we found.  Charlie, who we met that morning, had been mining there for 10 years, and never found anything quite so amazing.  

Suffice to say that it was a long, hot day with lots with lots of work, most of which I couldn’t really handle.  Eventually though, the three of us got the pocket open enough that I could stick my hand and arm inside.  The edges of the crystal pocket were lined with dolomite crystals that were extremely sharp.  All three of us were bleeding in multiple places by the end of the day.  One of the first things we could slightly see with a flashlight was a baseball-sized crystal stuck to the roof of the pocket.  I went at it from every angle but couldn’t wiggle it loose.  Instead, we opened up the back a little more so that I could get my hand in further.  Once that happened, I started pulling large crystals out of the clay inside.  It’s a crazy, crazy feeling to put your hand on something you can see that has hard, perfectly smooth faces.

Five o’clock eventually came, and we had to pack up.  Charlie planned on going back the next morning to try to open the pocket up more, but my mom and I made the executive decision that we didn’t have it in us to mine the next day.  We hurt all over and had to soak our hands in peroxide a few times, which was an absolutely horrible feeling.  Tiger Balm and Advil definitely helped my arms though (if you don’t know about Tiger Balm, start knowing about it).

The next morning before the mine opened, we went through our finds with Charlie, who took two crystals that he loved, and left the rest for us since he was going back at the pocket that day.  Everything you see in the pictures is what I took home, except for a cluster of three crystals that isn’t particularly well formed or clear, and needs to be glued back together.  If you’ve read this far into the post, thanks, and I hope you enjoyed it!  

TLDR: I found these ^ ^ ^

My crystal collection! It’s actually diminished in size by half because i was making quite a bit of jewelry for myself and as gifts ✨But I just got a teeny double-terminated Smoky Quartz and a new citrine to replace the one i lost!