Quartz Gemstone




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Physical Features:
ChemicalSiO2
ColorBrown, black, colorless, green, pink, violet, white, yellow, orange, purple
Crystal HabitPrismatic
Crystal SystemTrigonal
CleavageNone
FractureConchoidal
Hardness7 Mohs scale
LusterVitreous
StreakWhite
TransparencyTransparent, Translucent
Specific gravity2.65
Refractive index1.544 - 1.553
Birefringence0.009

Quartz is a highly varied mineral, and its wide range of colors goes on to produce various types of gemstones. Amongst quartz gem variety, citrine and amethyst are easily the most famous. However, other forms of the quartz also produce important gemstones. The best thing is that all forms are very reasonably priced. They get cut into numerous gemstone cuts as well as cabochons, and then used in various types of jewelry. You can get this jewelry and gemstones online quite easily. However, in this context, its important to mention that the rock crystal variety is usually not cut into the form of gemstones. But some of the small crystals carved out from a rock crystal may sometime get used as pendants, often being smoothed and polished, and at times in completely original crystal form.

Quartz is very common and can be found in various locations all across the globe. However, some of the prolific quartz producers are U.S. (Arkansas), India, Madagascar, and Brazil. The primary crystalline form of quartz variety that are used as beautiful gemstones are the cats eye quartz, tourmalinated quartz, blue quartz, prasiolite (green quartz), ametrine, rutilated quartz, milky quartz, rock crystal, rose quartz, smoky quartz, citrine, and the amethyst. Now, out of all these, the amethyst (purple version) is clearly the most famous or popular. So, if you feel like, you can conduct a research on your own and buy quartz online (any form as per your liking) from the comfort of your home.

Interestingly, apart from the amethyst (purple version) and the citrine to some extent, the smoky quartz has also become quite popular in the recent times. This form of quartz is usually brown in color. The black version is a little rare. Its mostly used as a ring or as a pendant. So, you can buy them for your friends and family members. Best of luck!