The Quartz Crystal is one of the most popular crystals, if not the most popular crystal, in all of Caelereth. They are found across the world and come in a rainbow of colors including red, purple, and blue. They have many uses, both practical and aesthetic, springing from their appearance, their natural magic-conducting abilities, and from their spiritual qualities. Their appearance in the physical realm is the same as their appearance in the spiritual realm, so they are sometimes seen as a connection between the spiritual world.
Appearance/Types. Quartz is believed to be one of the hardest crystals on Caelereth and comes in several colors, depending on type. The types are described in detail below (ordered alphabetically):
Black Quartz (Blaquartz)
The Black Quartz is the only kind of Quartz that is more often cloudy than clear, and are often difficult to find. They also arenít very popular, as the dark color tend to make the crystal seem rather eerie. The clouded varieties tend to be seen as representing evil intentions and death, while clear Black Quartz symbolizes mourning and despair.
Cerulean Quartz (Ceruquartz)
A soft blue variety of Quartz. They are clear blue, though shade may vary from stone to stone. Typically Ceruquartz vary from a light, almost sky-blue to a dark cobalt that may, at first glance, not appear to be actually clear, but upon looking at it through the light, one may see that it is. The Ceruquartz, when in a lighter, lazuline shade, symbolize hope and creativity. When they come in their darker cobalt color, they represent wisdom and sleep.
Clear Quartz (Clequartz)
The most pure of the Quartz is the most popular, especially among mages. They come in clear, though some can be clouded white, at times. Clear varieties represent purity, but also power, as they tend to be good for conducting magical power. They also represent chastity. When not as clear, they represent protection and sterility.
Crimson Quartz (Crimquartz)
The Crimson Quartz are usually between bright or brilliant scarlet to dark, deep red. It can sometimes be clouded in darker varieties, but lighter varieties are almost always clear. It has come to be associated with many meanings, and may represent blood and anger, but also things such as courage and power. Each meaning is represented by a slightly different shade of red. The differences, such that between blood, lust, and anger, can sometimes only be told by experts.
Jade Quartz (Jaequartz)
The Jade Quartz can be colored anywhere between a chartreuse to a deep, dark green, and, of course, all shades in between. Green Quartz is actually one of the most popular. They can represent things such as vitality and are the most popular Quartz for healing purposes. They are often used to represent fertility and good luck as well, and on the other end, vanity and envy.
Indigo Quartz (Indiquartz)
One of the less-known Quartz, the Indigo Quartz ranges from a dark to a light purple-blue. They are believed to be rare, as they are only found on a few select continents and even then, only in certain areas. They are not particularly sought-after either, though. In their lighter shades, they represent intuition and spirituality, while they symbolize dignity and tranquility and sorrow in darker shades. They are also believed to represent the unconscious mind.
Orange Quartz (Oraquartz)
Orange Quartz is, as their name suggests, orange, and almost always completely clear. Sometimes the dark Orange Quartz Crystals will seem to be clouded or unclear, but upon looking at them through the light, their clarity can be seen. They typically represent justice, energy, and vigor, and are thus sometimes believed to heal illness.
Pink Quartz (Pinquartz)
Pink Quartz tends to be a little cloudier than most other varieties. There have even been a few rare cases that a stone was nearly impossible to see through because it was so cloudy. The Pink Quartz is of a pink color that can be either dark or light, though never red. Some may be dark pink with veins of lighter pink coursing through it or vice versa. The Pink Quartz has come to symbolize love, harmony, and compassion.
Purple Quartz (Purquartz)
A rather popular Quartz among nobles is the purple quartz, given the color is suppose to represent royalty or regality, the Purple Quartz varies from a gentle lavender to a dark, dark violet. At times, the Quartz can appear almost black, and it may at times be cloudy. The lighter varieties are rarely cloudy, and tend to represent belief and goal, while the darker versions represent power and leadership, and intermediate shades represent vision and spiritual growth.
Turquoise Quartz (Turquartz)
The Turquoise Quartz is rather popular, as many find its color rather appealing. They come in a very light sea-green color and can be as dark as a deep teal, which can also sometimes be clouded. The lighter colors tend to symbolize things like relaxation, while darker varieties symbolize leadership and success.
Yellow Quartz (Yelquartz)
Yellow Quartz is often a very light yellow, but may come in darker colorations. They are, however, always very clear. Sometimes they can appear light orange, and at times it may indeed take a professional to distinguish whether a quartz is yellow or orange. Lighter colors tend to represent joy and enthusiasm, and darker yellow tend to be seen as symbolizing glory and ambition.
Territory. Quartz Crystals are found all over Caelereth, in every kind of rock, and thus on every continent in Caelereth. However, some types of Quartz may be selective on where they grow. Indiquartz, for example, can only be found in scarce amounts in Southern Sarvonia, Nybelmar, and on a few small islands east of Sarvonia. Turquartz is also rather selective, growing around the coasts.
Usages. Quartz has many uses. Mages will use Quartz to conduct magical energy. In fact, almost all Wind mages will carry a clear Quartz Crystal in their pouch to help them with their spells. Many less-professional magic-users such as clerics and witches will use Quartz to help them conduct their power. Some will, for example, use green and orange Quartz to help them heal illnesses and infertility. These magic-users mostly are experts on the meanings behind the colors and how to utilize their power.
The Quartz tends to appeal to the superstitious, especially the nobility, who think that if they carry a purple Quartz, it will mean success for their royal term, or that if they carry a green Quartz they will remain youthful. However, carrying the Quartz Crystal with ill intention is believed to term them clouded. This remains true to anyone who holds a Quartz Crystal, be them peasant or prince.
The Quartz, however, also has an aesthetic beauty. The crystalline quality and the coloration of the Quartz makes them very appealing to all people. They can be made into jewelry, but can often be hard to cut, save for the most expert dwarves. They are made into necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. However, they are valued below other stones, and thus are rarely used for things like crowns.
Because the crystals are so hard, they are sometimes used to substitute blades. Many tribes who cannot find enough metal to make the blade of their weapons use Quartz Crystals on the end of their spears. Additionally the crystals are often used to decorate homes from all different races.
Information provided by Rayne Avalotus