Quartz is known as `sphatik` in Sanskrit and `billor` in Persian. It is one of the most commonplace minerals in the earth`s crust. It is available in the shape of pencils, big and tiny pieces. Quartz is coloured like snow. It is transparent, emanating splendour, refinement and smoothness. Its nature is cold. It is used for making idols, yantras and numerous other items. Though the color of quartz is as variable as the visible range of spectrum, the clear form is the most common. There are other colors as well which include- white or cloudy named as milky quartz, purple commonly known as amethyst, pink that is also known as Rose quartz and gray or brown or black known as Smoky Quartz as well.
Quartz is one of the most common minerals on earth. It has many natural varieties, plus synthetic quartz that comes in every color of the rainbow. Quartz, the most common mineral found on the earth`s surface is a component of almost all the types of rock. Quartz has a wide variety with respect to variety, color and forms. Each quartz can be separated from the other in terms of color; shade and also structure which includes pyramidal, prismatic, sceptered, phantomed, coating, tapering, stalactitic, concretionary, geoidal and banded. All these multiple combinations can lead to hundreds of unique possibilities. According to astrology it is related to Venus. Quartz is an alternate for diamond. It possesses the same qualities of a diamond, but is priced much less. Therefore it can easily be worn without reluctance.
In present days, rock crystal has become extremely important because of its piezoelectric attribute. When crystal quartz is cut in an exact angle to its axis and subjected to mechanical pressure, it emits minute electrical charges at the end of the axes and the crystal expands and contracts, which sets it into constant mechanical vibration. This steady rate of vibration makes quartz functional for radio and television transmission, telephone and cable equipments, radar, depth-sounding, apparatus, anti-submarine devices, clocks, resonators, range making lenses, prisms, and optical instruments.
Quartz gems are popular among gem therapists; because they produce electrochemical balance in the body chemistry of the wearer, eradicate nervousness, and makes one composed and concentrating. Using a rosary made from rock crystal helps in concentration, cools the body, and composes the mind. It is helpful for deriving knowledge of the past, present and future when used for concentration. Wearing a crystal mala ensures a healthy and undisturbed sleep. In Hinduism crystal holds a substantial position. It is also believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati (Shakti) live in this stone. Therefore statues are built after cutting and chiseling the crystal, because there is no need to vivify its statues and it is fittingly worthy to be worshipped. It can also be noted that idols made of other stones are forbidden to be kept in a temple or at home. Without life induction, the idols made of other stones are not used for religious rites and prayers. Therefore crystal has the nobility to be worshipped. And that is why Shiva linga, idols and Shree Yantra etc., are manufactured from it, so that this may be worshipped without life induction. Crystal garlands (mala) are used to count mantras while worshipping Laxmi, Durga, Saraswati and other Goddesses. Tripursundari`s yantra (Shree Yantra), engraved on sphatik (quartz) is regarded the best of all. Opulence and salvation are two dissimilar aims in human life and through crystal "Shree Yantra", people who meditate and worship achieve both these aims by themselves involuntarily.
Crystal bead is used for concentration (Tratak) and other devotional activities. A person who meditates by focusing his mind on a crystal bead is aware of all the future incidents in advance logically. Therefore, crystal is itself a priceless and godly element. This stone will not allow someone to wallow in self-pity over that which can not change. It amplifies the energy of all other stones and increases the emotional energy. Quartz is so rich in every way except material value. It amplifies, focuses, stores, transforms, and also energizes. This stone is perfect for focusing affirmations and prayers. It also stimulates psychic perception. It teaches each person at his or her own level, and at his or her own speed. It empowers and attunes to all chakras, all signs, and all numbers as well. This stone amplifies prayers, wishes and positive visualizations in a great manner. It keeps someone in touch with the spiritual side, and reminds that he or she is a spiritual being, having a human experience. All spiritual pursuits can be stimulated and amplified using this stone`s energy. It helps to be receptive to higher guidance. This gemstone is easy to cleanse, store information or energy in, program or amplify energy and heal with. It can both draw and send energy. This is the powerful clear ones that open Crown Chakra. This is good for meditation as well as sending or receiving guidance. It often stimulates natural crystals in body tissues and fluids to resonate at new healing frequency. It works with all chakras and master gland. Blue quartz crystals grant spiritual insight and enlightenment, peace and serenity. They also encourage emotional clarity and purity of heart.