Jewelry Journal: Working with Solar Quartz Beads
Quartz comes in many different forms. If you are looking for a unique type of quartz to use in your jewelry-making projects, solar quartz is an excellent option. These colorless gemstones are formed in limestone caves as a stalactite. They range from transparent to opaque and sometimes are found in different colors due to different minerals contained within the stalactite. Keep reading to learn more about working with solar quartz beads.
What Is Solar Quartz and Where Does It Come From?
Solar quartz forms from clear quartz stalactite. It is a rare form of crystalline quartz with druzy inclusions and features natural orbicular patterns. It sometimes has green or brown inclusions that resemble moss.
Solar quartz is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined from limestone caves in several places around the world. It can be found in the United States, Madagascar, Brazil, Mozambique, India, Sri Lanka and Namibia.
Metaphysical Properties of Solar Quartz
Like all gemstones, solar quartz is associated with certain metaphysical properties. It is believed to benefit people in numerous ways. Known as both the “energy stone” and the “prosperity stone,” it is said to uplift, enhance energy and provide emotional strength. It also improves the connection between harmony and spirit and is believed to be a strong protective stone that purifies the physical body, the mind and the spirit.
As a member of the quartz family, it is believed to have many of the same properties as clear quartz. It is connected to the crown chakra but can be used with the other chakras as well. This crystal can enhance the strength of other gemstones. Many believe that this remarkable stone serves as a link between the physical body and the dimensions of the mind.
Others also believe that solar quartz can be used to communicate with plants, animals and even minerals. It can help you reach your goals and achieve the success you long for, and it is said to give wearers the support they need. When used in meditation, it can filter out distractions and help you keep a clear mind.
Crystal healing practitioners believe that solar quartz is a master healer that can be used to help people suffering from a wide range of ailments. It is said to support the circulatory system and boost the immune system. It has also been used to treat migraines, headaches, dizziness and vertigo. Some even believe that it can help with weight loss by stimulating the metabolism!
Working with Solar Quartz Beads
Solar quartz is a relatively hard stone, so beads made from it are excellent for jewelry-making. The stones are generally white, so they look good with nearly anything. They pair well with black obsidian gemstone beads, opal beads and a wide range of other stones. When working with solar quartz beads with inclusions, choose other stones that coordinate. Red garnet beads, for example, look amazing with solar quartz beads with green or brownish inclusions. Gold-colored beads work well with these amazing crystals, too.
Solar quartz beads come in a number of different shapes and sizes. Large druzy clusters work well as focal beads on necklaces while smaller faceted stones work best for bracelets and earrings. Large slices surrounded by silver leaf pair beautifully with silver chains for creating bold statement necklaces.
Caring for Solar Quartz Jewelry
The hardness of solar quartz also makes caring for it easy. It is difficult to scratch, so you don’t need to take any special precautions when storing and cleaning it. Jewelry made using this stone can be cleaned using ultrasonic cleaners or a soft cloth and water.
Solar quartz is a unique stone that is as beautiful as it is easy to work with. It pairs well with many other stones and with virtually any metal and can be used to create any type of jewelry you can imagine. Many believe that it is rich in metaphysical properties and can be used as a tool to help the wearer improve his or her life in numerous ways.
At Beads of Cambay, we are thrilled to offer this unique gemstone to our customers. We have solar quartz beads in several colors, sizes and shapes, and we know you will love using it in your next jewelry-making project! Browse our website today and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.