As we enter April, what better time to focus on the magical power of quartz - this month’s birthstone!
Diamonds are often cited as the birthstone for those born in April, however quartz is a popular alternative for those who prefer the more raw and rustic cut and a lower price point.
Often known as the "Universal Crystal", quartz is a popular and powerful stone, used in many rituals around the world in both ancient and modern times. Clear quartz is the traditional April birthstone, but this crystal comes in many different colours and varieties, each with their own unique properties and benefits.
Different types of quartz can be used for everything from increasing concentration, to amplifying self love, so read on to find out more.
What are the different types of quartz?
The term ‘quartz’ doesn’t refer to just one type of crystal, it encompasses a wide variety of different types of semi-precious gemstone. You may be familiar with some popular varieties like rose quartz, but did you know that stones like amethyst and citrine are also part of the quartz family?
Other popular varieties include smoky quartz, agate, onyx, jasper and traditional clear quartz. Quartz crystals have long been associated with balance, clarity and energy, and credited with benefiting overall health and spiritual well-being.
Types of quartz crystals and their meanings
Crystal clear quartz is often used to enhance mental clarity and focus. It can also help with emotional stability, making it a great addition to meditation or mindfulness practices.
Clear quartz is often regarded as a master healing stone - use it to bring yourself back into balance or to amplify any positive intentions.
Rose quartz properties produce a gentle, soothing energy that’s used to bring hope, positivity and restore trust and harmony in relationships.
This doesn’t just refer to romantic relationships either; rose quartz is ideal for anyone wanting to increase their self love, or to foster more open, intimate connections with anyone in their life.
In ancient times, healers used citrine to purify the body of toxins and strengthen the immune system. This yellow quartz is still used today to help stimulate digestion and balance chemical imbalances in the body. Citrine is also associated with positivity and optimism - in part due to its gorgeous yellow hue! Use this crystal to help cultivate confidence and personal power, or for those days when you need an extra boost of positive energy.
Smoky quartz properties are very grounding; helping to clear the mind, find focus and release unwanted negative baggage. In the past, smoky quartz was often placed on a windowsill to prevent drifting spirits from entering a space.
In modern times, try wearing it around your neck or carry a piece in your pocket when you’re feeling overwhelmed or about to enter a high pressure situation.
Known for its emotional and spiritual protection, amethyst can help to break anxious habits and block stressful energies. As a natural tranquilliser, amethyst can also help to relieve stress, balance mood swings, and enhance motivation.
Amethyst is also linked to the seventh (crown) chakra, making it a great addition to meditation practices if you want to bring some extra tranquility to your mind.
If you’re in need of some inner strength, onyx is the crystal for you. This type of quartz is associated with the root chakra, believed to be the energy centre that governs our sense of safety and security.
This means onyx can help to keep the wearer grounded and focused, and it also promotes self-confidence, steadfastness and stamina; perfect to carry with you before a job interview or during a big life change.
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