Oh my gosh-I LOVE these!
Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals on earth. It is found on every continent, and just about every country.
Optically clear Quartz is not always totally clear, in fact most of the time it does have internal fractures or flaws, but it is not white, milky or cloudy.
These designer cabochons also have "inclusions" which actually enhance their beauty and uniqueness. Quartz grows in many environments along with many different minerals. These minerals, as well as watery solutions and gas bubbles, can be enclosed by the growing crystal.
Some of these inclusions are minerals including Cholrite, Iron Oxide, Rutile, Geothite, and Hematite.
These gorgeous cabochons are known in the trade by many names: Lodalite or Lodolite, Garden Quartz, Scenic Quartz, and Landscape Quartz to name just a few.
Quartz has long been the subject of spiritual beliefs and folklore. Crystal balls brought back by the Crusaders where believed to possess magical powers. In fact, the name crystal comes from the Greek word for "ice", as it was believed that rock crystal was eternally frozen.
Metaphysical Properties of Clear Quartz: Clear Quartz enhances clarity and is said to help one overcome confusion. Included Quartz cabochons will carry the healing powers of both Quartz and the mineral included.
Included Quartz cabochons have a hardness of 7 and wear very well.
Other than the Tourmaline Quartz, I don't have enough of these in any certain variety to list in their own category. I do have a category for Rutilated Quartz, as we do cut those ourselves, but the ones included in this category we didn't cut and they are higher domed.
For more Tourmalinated Quartz Cabochons: *NEW* Tourmaline Quartz
For more Rutilated Quartz Cabochons: Rutilated Quartz
I sure hope to have a lot more of these available soon! In the mean time I have hand selected my favorites for you. We did not cut these ourselves, they come from and are cut in Bahia or Minas Gerais, Brazil.
For more information of specific Included Quartz cabochon varieties, please check the product pages directly.