The birthstone for those born in April, clear quartz crystals are incredibly versatile in their meaning and usage. While most precious stones have specific meanings and represent limited things, clear quartz is a great all-rounder.
Rather than being associated with one element (earth/fire/water/air), clear quartz is applicable to all four. It’s also linked to all twelve zodiac signs, meaning that anyone can use and benefit from these beautiful stones. Read on to discover the meaning of this dazzling gem.[toc]
What is Clear Quartz?
Quartz crystals are made of silicone and oxygen, but often contain other trace minerals and metals which can give them a wide variety of colors. The word quartz comes from a Polish word that means ‘hard’, although the Ancient Greeks gave this stone a name that meant ‘icy cold’.
There are numerous types of quartz aside from the clear rock crystal, with different colors and hues resulting from the presence of different minerals.
To name a few varieties, rose quartz has a delicate pink color, smoky quartz is grey in shades of light to dark, prasiolite is a cool mint green color, and amethyst comes in shade of purple.
However, clear quartz is the most common type of quartz. While the colors and properties of other quartz stones give them different meanings, it’s clear quartz that is the most versatile.
The Meaning of Clear Quartz Crystals
Clear quartz is known as the master healer. The transparent appearance of the stone can have a calming effect, helping to clear both your mind and your surroundings.
It’s a beautiful thing to look at, especially if you think carefully about where to place your piece of quartz. On a windowsill with the sunlight shining through it, or hung in front of a window, is a popular place to keep your quartz.
Many people like to have their clear quartz on display and in a place where it’s always to hand, like on your desk, coffee table or bedside table.
Stones range in appearance from smooth pebbles to clusters of shards. Find a stone you can really connect with and that is appealing to you.
This semi-precious gemstone is known for its power and energy. Use this stone to amplify positive energy, as well as absorbing and neutralizing negative energy. This stone is best known for its ability to clear your mind, help you focus and dispel negative energy in your life.
Why Choose Clear Quartz Crystals?
If you’re new to crystals and want to build a collection, a piece of clear quartz is a great place to start. This semi-precious stone has fewer constraints compared to other crystals, and can be used for a variety of different things.
Clear quartz crystals have been used since ancient times by civilizations across the globe, from the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Egyptians to the Aztecs and Australian Aboriginals. Prized for their sacred and spiritual power, it’s no wonder that we still love to use crystals today.
Clear quartz and feng shui
Feng Shui, the Chinese art of purifying the energy in your surroundings, pairs wonderfully with crystal use. Having a well-placed piece of quartz in any room of your house can help add to the feng shui and overall aura of the room.
- Is there a room in your house where you often feel stressed and need a bit of calming energy? Or
- Perhaps there’s a room where you like to relax, unwind and do some yoga in tranquil surroundings?
You can even move your quartz from room to room depending on how you want to use it that day.
How to use clear quartz crystals1Relieve a headache by gently massaging your temple or forehead with a smooth piece of quartz.
The cool stone can help to alleviate the pain of a headache, as well as clearing your mind. The crown chakra, located on the top of the head, is our portal to a higher state of consciousness.
This chakra is represented by the color white, which of course pairs with a clear quartz.
2Heighten your spiritual awareness. Clear quartz can be used to open up your chakras and expand your consciousness, giving you a feeling of wellbeing and rightness. 3As the master healer, quartz can be used in various types of healing. Whether the healing is physical, mental or spiritual, focusing on the positive outcome while using this stone can have benefits.
Focus on getting well and dispelling unwanted ailments. Pour your hopes and dreams into the stone.4Alleviate anxiety and stress with this calm-bringing stone. Surrounding yourself with clear quartz can help to clear your mind and dispel poor thoughts from your mind.
Wearing clear quartz jewelry or carrying a piece on your pocket can help you feel supported wherever you go.5Deepen your meditation experience by holding a piece of clear quartz in your hands.
Feel the cool power of the stone as its calming energy penetrates your mind and helps you focus on your reflections.
How to program and cleanse a clear quartz crystal
This ethereal stone absorbs negative energy from the world around us, and so it is important to cleanse the stones so that they can return to a pure and clear state. Also, cleansing the stones makes it more efficient to program the stone each time you use it.
Cleansing a stone removes the negative energy that the stone has absorbed. There are a variety of ways in which you can do this.
- Place your crystal under running water to wash away the previous influence on the stone.
- Alternatively, bathe the stone in salty water to neutralize the negative elements.
- Being so efficient at holding light, another way to cleanse crystals is by leaving them in the open air.
Some users like to cleanse in sunlight, whereas others like to leave their crystals outdoors overnight to bathe in the moonlight. This helps to cleanse and recharge the powers of the crystal.
If you can’t leave stones outdoors, place them on a bright windowsill and open a window to let in some fresh air.
Sage is an herb that’s commonly used to cleanse crystals. By bathing the crystal in the smoke of sage leaves, you disperse the negative energy – this is known as smudging.
You can even try cleansing your quartz with your mind. Visualize the negative energy being pushed out and washed away, leaving the crystal clear and pure once again.
Always cleanse a new stone in your home before you use it. The more often you use your stones (and the more negative energy they collect) the more often you’ll need to purify them.
Some people say that the stones feel physically heavier when they need to be cleaned. A good practice is to cleanse your stones once a month.
Once your clear quartz has been cleansed, you can program it for its next use. This is basically your way of speaking to the power of the stone and letting it know what your intention is.
You might want to use the energy of the stone to :
- Lend power to a friend in need,
- Help you relax after a stressful experience at work,
- Make your home a calming place to spend time, or
- Help you travel deeper into your mind as you mediate.
To program your stone, hold it in your hands and think clearly about your intention. Try to condense your intention into one clear phrase or word, and repeat this over and over, either out loud or in your head.
Don’t let other thoughts cloud your mind. Think clearly about your intention and meditate on it, visualizing the positive outcome you hope will be achieved.
Don’t rush this experience – let your intention sink into the stone and be enhanced by its energy. Let a sense of calmness and wellbeing wash over you as you program the stone.
Clear Quartz and Piezoelectricity
The word ‘piezoelectricity’ means electricity which results from pressure and latent heat. This electric charge accumulates in certain solid materials in response to applied mechanical stress.
Solid materials that it can accumulate in include certain types of ceramics, biological matter such as bones and DNA, and it can also accumulate in crystals. As such, some types of clear quartz crystals can have piezoelectric properties.
You might have heard that quartz crystals can be used in watches, and that’s all down to piezoelectricity. The clocks function by use of an electronic oscillator, and it’s the piece of quartz that regulates the oscillator to keep time.
The first quartz clock was built in 1927 by Warren Marrison and J. W. Horton at Bell Telephone Laboratories. Decades later, the same technology was used to make quartz watches. This just goes to the versatile uses for a powerful crystal such as clear quartz.
Clear Quartz Jewelry
Not sure which gemstones will go best with an outfit? Or perhaps you want to change what you’re wearing during the day but don’t want to carry two sets of jewels to match your different looks?
The great thing about clear quartz jewelry is that it goes with everything. Colorless, the precious gem won’t clash with what you’re wearing, setting it apart from other jewels. Used in rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings and more, clear quartz decoration can be anything from bold to subtle.
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People love to wear clear quartz jewelry not only for how it looks, but also because of the power it can lend you throughout the day. Whether you’re under the weather, tired or need a bit of emotional support, wearing some clear quartz can help you tap into the crystal’s healing power and positive energy.