Quartz Crystals: A guide to identifying quartz crystals and their healing properties
Quartz is the most common of crystals and the quartz family is a large one. Members vary by size, shape, color and opacity. They may grow in huge matrices or appear to us singularly. They have age, individual characteristics such as inclusions, terminations or partners. All share one trait, however, and that is they work with energy.
Isabel Silveira was born in Brazil and began her study of crystals in the mid- 90s with master teacher Antonio Duncan. Brazil happens to be one of the planet’s richest quartz crystal repositories. (Our own state of Arkansas is rich in crystal mines, also.)
In Silveira’s book, we learn to identify the most common different types of quartz crystals. The first section takes us through the various types ranging from amethyst through tangerine into smoky and rose. The metaphysical as well as physical properties are described and accompanied by breathtaking photos, very well done.
Since the quartz crystal family is so large, Silveira limits her coverage to the primary tools used in crystal energy applications. Those covered in her book are white, citrine, amethyst, smoky, tangerine and rose. Each of those appear in the various forms that subdivide the grouping even further.
As Silveira describes in the second section, the primary function of a given crystal is partially determined by its physical shape and form. All quartz crystals have exactly six terminal facets. Sometimes the crystals have terminations at both ends. In a case like that, each end has six. How these six facets align or interrelate can affect the use of the crystal. Other characteristics make functions identifiable also. Whether a quartz crystal has inclusions, is joined with a twin, is in multiple — many differences — can determine what the best use of a particular crystal may be.
Example names of the different forms and functions include the druse, the cathedral, tabular, window, record keeper, aggregators, manifestation crystals, laser and so on. I have been paying attention to crystals for decades and have attended various workshops on three continents and still I found Silveira’s information and descriptions fascinating and with new information. As old as the use of crystals is, the field has actually advanced in uncovering (or more likely, rediscovering) some of the archetypal information regarding them.
In the final section of the book, Silveira recounts some of her own experience with crystals and how she uses them. Since crystals have to do with energy — storage, deflecting, channeling, amplifying and so on — the description of applications the author has used is an important part. We live in a world that is increasingly subjecting us to wave upon wave of energy from power sources, media devices, computers, phones and the like. How crystals play into that energy field is an intriguing bit of insight making this book even more valuable.
For anyone with an interest in the metaphysical properties of crystals, this book will be a welcome addition to your library.
— MB, Heartland Healing Magazine