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quartz and silver 2This is a beautiful, clear, natural Quartz crystal and silver pendant to use as a necklace or for crystal healing and insights (or both!). Approx. 35 mm long including bale (or approx. 1 1/2") and approx. 15 mm. (a bit over 1/2") wide. Exclusively for our friends and fans, please remember you can use code 14123 for a 20% discount on this or anything else in the shop!

 

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clear quartzQuartz is made up of minerals -- specifically, silicon dioxide or silica, most often found on the earth's continental crust.  Its crystal system can take many forms, with some of the most beautiful forming a glassy, transparent/translucent composition.  The term 'quartz' originated from the Slavic word for 'hard', and it is indeed a hard stone.  There are many colors of crystals, and my favorites are the clear colors:  amethyst (lavender), citrine (lemon), rose (pink), and tourmaline (mixed colors -- including my very favorite, watermelon tourmaline, which is green and pink).  Quartz crystals have been referred to as the "ice of the gods", and have been used throughout the ages for healing or magical purposes.  To many, they serve as symbols of beauty, health and power.  Clear Quartz especially is thought to bring heightened spiritual awareness to whoever wears, carries or meditates with it.  This gorgeous example from Etsy.com was handcrafted by Karen at BeautifulFeelings.  Check out our Etsy site for one of my favorites in our holdings -- delicate amethyst teardrop beads, reading for stringing or fashioning into very special earrings. 

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