Early scholars theorized that Quartz formed from ice that had frozen so hard, for so long that it would never melt. Fossilized ice. Both the Greeks and Japanese came to this conclusion since most of the material they used came from deep caverns and tall mountains where temperatures rarely warmed up.
Eventually geological science would show that Quartz formed under much warmer conditions, but our fascination with this clear crystal has yet to cool down.
The term Quartz actually refers to a large galaxy of silicate minerals and gemstones that include Amethyst, Citrine, Rose Quartz, Jaspers, Agates and other Chalcedonies (like Carnelian). For this article, we will be discussing clear and milky Quartz, sometimes referred to as Rock Crystal.
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