Quartz is a hard crystalline mineral which is found abundantly all over the Earth in a variety of forms. It is the most common mineral on Earth, making up 12% of the Earth’s crust by volume, and is used in a wide variety of applications including jewelry, scientific research, manufacturing, and building Because of its many uses, quartz is also a very important mineral, and some rare varieties are considered to be quite valuable.
It can also be quite beautiful, especially when cut and polished by a jeweler who appreciates its properties. It is often used as a cheaper substitute for fancier gems, and when handled well, it can be difficult to distinguish from more expensive counterparts. Silicon dioxide is the proper chemical name for quartz.
The properties depend on how it was formed. Commonly, this mineral takes on impurities that cause it to be colored, as is the case with the forms amethyst, citrine, and rose quartz. In these instances, the crystalline structure of the mineral is readily visible, and the stone can sometimes form very large clusters of distinctive crystals.
The original Lemurian Seed Crystals were discovered at a Mountain in Brazil around the turn of the millenium. These mostly clear Quartz crystals with a few pink were marked out by their surface which was covered in striations (etched lines). All the crystals were laid flat in the Earth, not attached to any other minerals or rocks. They also did not seem to grow in clusters like most Quartz. There is an amazing amount of folklore surrounding Lemurian Crystals. Lemuria is believed to have been an Island which once existed in the Pacific Ocean.