Quartz Rock Crystal
Rock crystal is considered by some to be a versatile gemstone, suitable for all signs. According to others, it is best suited for the foregoing. Yet there is no contradiction on the issue that rock crystal would not hurt anyone.
One of the root European myths associated with rock crystal, is the above belief of ancient people that this is pure water frozen in perpetuity.
Chemical Composition: SiO2 (Silicon Dioxide)
Hardness (Mohs): 7
Color(s): Clear, White, Pink (Rose Quartz), Brown, Gray, Black, Green, Blue, Orange, Purple (Amethyst), Yellow (Citrine), Purple and Yellow (Ametrine), and others
Transparency: Transparent, Translucent
Habit: widely variable, trigonal-trapezohedral, crystals often columnar
Common Locations: Found all over the world, most notably Brazil and Arkansas, USA.
In medieval miner in the Alps believed that caves with rock crystal live gnomes (dwarf) – guardians of the Mineral Resources of the mountain.
There is a belief that dreaming rock crystal will be delivered from your enemies. Furthermore, it is believed that this is a sign of magic and divinatory abilities.
Indians in America believe that the souls of the dead become rock crystal and therefore it contains all human knowledge accumulated on Earth so far. For this reason, rock crystal, magical and medicinal purposes should deal only initiates.
One of the greatest mysteries of the 19th and 20th centuries is that of a human skull from rock crystal. For them allegedly are made in pre-Columbian America and are used by local Indians in their magical rituals.
Best known from the all is so skull Mitchell-Hedges (privately owned), where the lower jaw is separated from the rest, as in the human skull. All other skulls objectives, ie a piece of crystal.
Skulls of rock crystal has exposures in the British Museum (similar in style to make this a Mitchell-Hedges), Musée du quai Branly in Paris, the National Museum of Natural History in Washington (the largest size) and others. All museums indicate in their catalogs that these skulls are not authentic artifacts from pre-Columbian America, because quite indirect is evidence shows that in all probability the skulls are made around the middle of the XIX century in Europe. Recent research with the most modern methods indicate that for their production technologies are used, reach for the Maya and Aztecs of the time. All this does not prevent many people to believe in the magical properties or extraterrestrial origin of these objects, made of rock crystal. A recent lavish incarnations of these beliefs is the film “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”