Diamond and quartz crystal – Birthstones for April

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Diamond and quartz crystal – Birthstones for April

Getting crystal clear on why you need quartz in your jewellery collection.

April has two birthstones, diamond and quartz crystal – for this blog I’m going to focus on the quartz, as it’s so popular and comes in so many varieties that I’m sure most of you will already have some in your collection. I know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I’m going to make the case for quartz too!

Quartz is a power stone and is called the ‘universal crystal’ because of its many uses. I think if you were only allowed one gemstone ever, this would be the one to have, because there’s so many things that it can do, heal, protect against, strengthen, enhance…you get the idea.

The quartz family is the largest in the gemstone world, and as such, there are stones that some confuse as being separate gems in their own right, but they are in fact, still officially classed as being quartz -  amethyst, citrine and onyx are typical examples of this.

The name comes from the Greek, ‘krystallos’, meaning ice. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that quartz was in fact ice that had been made by the gods because it couldn’t melt.

Quartz crystals are said to receive, activate, store, transmit and amplify energy, and because of this, they enhance the qualities of other gemstones, which is why they are often paired together with other stones when making jewellery.

It’s a happy-go-lucky stone said to promote hope, happiness and optimism and bring harmony to the soul. It’s also said to enhance the flow of positive thoughts and feelings and believed to clear blockages, and balance spiritual, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. It’s like the Mr Happy of the gemstone world!

In terms of health properties, quartz is like Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, it’s thought of as a master healer that can be used for any and all conditions. Specifically, it’s used as a stimulant of the immune system, and thought to cleanse and enhance all organs. In addition, it’s believed to ease arthritis and bone injuries and is also used to treat chronic fatigue, depression and intestinal troubles.

So there you have it! It really is the bread and butter of the gemstone world. Not only that, it’s gorgeous to boot! There’s lots to choose from on my site, and for an extra special option, I have some pieces made with rainbow quartz, which looks like oil on water, a beautiful shimmering effect.

Oh, and there’s plenty of pieces with Swarovski crystals incorporated too, so a bit like diamonds as an alternative birthstone option, who needs an excuse to wear a bit of sparkly bling on a daily basis!

And as always, if you don’t see anything you like, please get in touch for a bespoke option, I have some lovely quartz pieces in my collection which may not be uploaded to the website yet.

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Quartz Geode

Quartz Geode