Opalescent quartz is one of the most unusual and rare mineral specimens as it is created with the help of the rare metal platinum. To start, the highest grade quartz crystals are selected. These are then treated with platinum. This treatment is done via an electrostatic process whereby the crystals are put into a vacuum and charged opposite the silver. Heat is applied. The platinum is then put into the vacuum and it "clings" to the crystals. The crystals are then turned over and the process is repeated, so that all areas of the crystals are covered. The platinum, when charged and treated in a vacuum environment, will combine with the quartz and produce subtle changes with the color of the quartz. The quartz will appear to have a slight flash or a soft pastel iridescent glow to it.
Quartz is an amazing stone, and most recently it was used as a prop for the newest Star Wars film Rogue One, where it represented a kyber crystal, the mineral that powers Jedi lightsabors as well as the Deathstar. While kyber doesn't exist in our galaxy, quartz is the next best thing. Known as an energy amplifier and cleanser, quartz embodies the Force. This quartz piece was hand-picked for this collection because of its similarities to the piece used in the film, but also because it's more dynamic than the movie prop. This particular type of quartz, opalescent quartz, flashes with streaks of colour like a barrage of ray-gun fire. Red lasers versus green lasers, anyone?
Some believe quartz can receive, activate, store, transmit and amplify energy. It is also said to be an emotional balancer as it dispels negativity. It is the stone used most often for meditation. Opalescent quartz can help enhance your clarity of thought and powers of observation, and may allow one to feel at peace. It has the same properties of regular quartz, except they are said to be more enhanced and intense due to the presence of platinum.
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- Set in sterling silver.
- Features a genuine stone.
- Dimensions: 36 mm X 15 mm X 12 mm
- This item includes an information card about the stone.
- A certificate of authenticity is included with this item.
- This stone requires special care - exposure to water and other chemicals, such as lotions or perfumes, will damage it over time. If you polish the jewellery, avoid polishing the stone itself. A silver-cleaning dip should never be used with this piece.
*Sterling Silver chains available for purchase here.