Thursday, January 14, 2016

Quartz vs Apophyllite

Quartz vs Apophyllite

Both Quartz and Apophyllite are structurally the same and are members of the quartz family.
Like quartz, they both come in many colors. Most commonly for quartz clear, smoky & rose.
Most commonly for  apophylllite clear, black (strongest) and recently purple.

Can you tell which is which?

They also have many differences - Apart from the fact that quartz is much easier to spell and pronounce!
Their identifying points differ as do their metaphysical uses.
Look on the bottom for quick identifying marks.
Quartz is always 6 sided
Apophyllite is a cube - 4 sided.

 As well, if you look on the bottom, every apophyllite will have a cross - some are harder to see than  others.  Hold it up to the light and move around, you will see a cross.
Below is a specimen of a cluster of light green apophyllite.  See the cube formation of apophylllite growing .
There are pages and pages written about both crystals. You simply need to insert their name in any search engine-Google for example.
Here are a few unusual facts about each.
Clear quartz:
-most abundant crystal on the planet
-Different meanings and uses depending on culture.
Japanese consider it the breath of the white dragon and therefore perfection.
Australian aborigines consider it the stone for making rain
Worldwide clear crystal skulls found Are considered to be made by the  atlanteans some consider them a living being.
Crystal balls have been  used for centuries for gazing and fortune telling
Quartz can be manufactured and imitated

Apophyllite is associated primarily with the third eye and crown chakras.

Natural Apophyllite pyramids are the most powerful formation of the energy stimulating crystals,
Used in gem elixirs it is said to bring energy to the heart chakra, as well as to charge or preserve objects.
Apophyllite is associated primarily with the third eye and crown chakras.
 Used on the third eye this is the most powerful form to stimulate third eye vision.
In traditional folk and crystal healing,                
It is used for tired or stressed eyes by placing on the eyelids.
 It is used similarly in different body regions for respiratory problems, stopping asthma attacks, allergies, and health of mucus membranes and skin.

(all pictures from my personal collection)

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