View Full Version : Is there such a thing as a clear green quartz?
I just bought a crystal pendant from a shop. The lady claimed it was a green quartz. Being a newbie I took her word for it.
However, after reading up on crystals, I took a good look at the pendant. It looks too perfect. Its totally clear and transparent. I see no inclusions and cracks. The colour is a uniform green when i hold it up to the light. The pendant is polished, with facets arranged in a star of David. It is set in gold.
My question is how to verify what i had bought? Is there such a thing a an absolutely clear green quartz?
It sounds like Siberian green quartz. Its a laboratory created stone, they take real quartz & do something to it to change its properties & appearance. I think its lovely, what a beautiful stone ! I have never had anything lab made before, but this one is very beautiful .......
The quartz group is Amethyst, Citrine, milky, rock crystal, rose, smokey, tiger -eye & Cats - eye :) I've never known of a green quartz though, does sound interesting....
In very general, very clear Green Quartz is either heat-treated Amethyst, dyed Quartz, or glass. There is some Green Quartz that's from Brazil (or so I'm told) that is moderately clear and made green by Chlorite, as well as some moderately clear Green Quartz from Tibet.
The way to tell about how authentic it is is by the price.
Though you should now, in my experience, some people incorrectly list Fluorite and Peridot as Green Quartz. I've even seen Aventurine listed as Green Quartz.
Here you go
Thanks for the replies. I did a scratch test. I scratched the pendant against a glass bottle. It made a mark and the pendant was undamaged. So it appears the pendant is not a fake crystal.
There most certainly is green quartz. It's fairly new in the jewelry trade but can be seen in fine catalogues such as www.rosssimons.com. It is treated, but then so is most citrine used in jewelry. I don't have one as yet, but it appears to be a lovely stone and I'm guessing it would work similar to a green flourite but with a bit more "zip" since quartz is pretty zippy to me. Flourite isn't quite as active when I hold it.
Congratulations on your lovely purchase and may it bring you all you desire.
95 % of the rocks and minerals you see in your favorite metaphysical shop are quartz~ there are so many green and blue quartz crystals. If you can send me a scan I can look it up for you.
I've posted a pic here:
I'm tryin a green tourmaline but found it rather 'harsh' compared to this green crystal.
Yup, siberian green quartz ! It's lovely.
Yes, I'd also second redflash's opinion: looks like Siberian quartz.
"Siberian Quartz" is a lab-grown stone, not a natural stone which is treated.
As you can see in this listing of natural quartz, there is no naturally occuring clear dark green quartz
What I was thinking of is also known as prasiolite or vermain, which is heat treated and is an apple green. This is a true gemstone and is carried by established jewelers like Ross Simons. Unfortunately, new age shops are not very reliable when it comes to gemstones and often don't mention that the stone is a synthetic. That is not to say that synthetic stones don't have their place in healing, but the buyer ought not to pay a premium price for a synthetic.
Wizzle, I had never seen nor heard of prasiolite until I just read your post, so I dashed off to google it, I love seeing new crystals that I haven't encountered before, even though I don't do crystal work anymore. So I checked out some pictures & I don't know what it is but wow I REALLYdon't like that stone ! I tend to like most of them but not that one. Now I just need to figure out why I get such a feeling when I see it !
There is a crystal called Green Quartz, a natural occurring crystal'
Opens the heart chakra, transmutes negative energy,inspires creativity and balances the endocrine system.
Hope that helps
When you all speak of Siberian quartz are you speaking of Siberian Emerald aka Chrome Diopside as this IS a naturally occuring stone, mined in Siberia and NOT treated in any way.
Just wondered as I have never heard of this stone/crystal being heat treated.
I have some Chrome Diopside (Siberian Emerald) and I was also under the impression it was a mined stone.
Grown, not mined. Will check my geology research books and ask Larry (geologist) but I am almost 100% sure it's grown.
Here's a site with lots of raw data it might be of assistance.
Chromium Diopside does appear to be a natural stone. It is not of the quartz family though, so must be something apart from green quartz.
Chrome Diopside is a different type of stone, a naturally occuring one. Siberian quartz is a lab stone, very pretty though !
Edited to add : There is a naturally occuring stone called siberian quartz, but the siberian green & blue varieties are regrown lab crystals, sorry for not making that clear !
I thought this thread turned into a great interchange on the pros and cons of buying stones. I did find chrome diopside in my books on minerals. No prob. But I really do think that anyone relying totally on metaphysical websites for their information on stones is waiting to be taken. You might as well believe that colored glass is the same as naturally occuring quartz.