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Crystals Explained - Q/R


Quartz is the purest form of SiO2, which exhibits a Trigonal structure and has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Quatz is known as the master crystal as it is so useful in so many ways. Quartz has a simplicity which can work both at surface and at very deep levels. Clear quartz brings clarity and inspiration. Quartz activates all chakras when placed upon them, it also clears and energises thses chakras. Quartz is a natural amplifier which can enhance the energy and characteristics of any of the crystals or minerals that it works with.

Quartz has often been termed the all singing all dancing crystal, as it can be energetically

programmed to do all manner of jobs, including distance healing.

When choosing a quartz, the clearer the crystal the faster the energy, and the clearer the energy. When working with points then be sure to choose a crystal with a good definite point. Milky quartzes are also wonderful to work with but they have a much gentler and calmer energy. Quartz naturally supports the etheric bodies and enhances the communication between the etheric and physical aspects.


Realgar is a variety of Arsenic sulphide which exhibits a monoclinic structure and has a hardness of 1.5 to 2 on the Mohs scale of Hardness.

Realgar has a very firey nature which promotes root chakra and sacral chakra activation. This in turn leads to enhanced energy, productivity and creativity in the user.

Be aware that this mineral is poisonous, so keep skin contact to a minimum, wash hands after using it. Also, use the indirect method both to clean and make elixirs from.


Rhodocrosite forms in vivid red to pink crystals and a more swirling massive variety. This crystal exhibits a Trigonal structure and has a hardness of 3.5 to 4.

This is truly a wonderful mineral, which promotes emotional happiness a

nd joy through release of stress and division. This mineral has a strength which will seek out hidden emotional scars and baggage, then it will bring these to the surface for them to be witnessed, acknowledged and finally released.

Rhodocrosite is a powerful emotional healer, but beware that it can bring up all kinds of hidden aspects to the surface. This is great to be used with anyone wishing to tackle the results of a difficult childhood.

Once Rhodocrosite has done its work, this becomes one of the most joyful crystals available. This crystal can bring joy and innocence back to the user.


Rhodonite forms red crystals or in a pink massive form, which may have grey and black inclusions. This mineral exhibits a Triclinic structure and has a hardness of 5.5 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Rhodonite is another Manganese based mineral , which promotes awareness and increased insight. In particular, Rhodonite provides great insight into emotional matters, bringing the true nature and causes of emotional blockages, fears, resentments and guilt to the surface. In this way Rhodonite helps to release guilt and fear through a deeper understanding of root causes. This stone is great for personal and group development, bringing a relaxed,

emotional freedom and reconciliation.

Rhodonite has the ability to throw the light of clear consciousness and clarity to highly charged situations. This stone heals emotions through wisdom.

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is a variety of quartz, which exhibits a trigonal structure and has a hardness of 7. Rose quartz is said to have its pink colour due to microscopic inclusions of Dumortierite or Titanium or even manganese.

Rose Quartz is a truly amazing crystal which provides both great strength as well as

gentleness. This combination makes it ideal for use in this dualistic reality that requires the flexibility to be both strong and gentle simultaneously. This gentle looking stone has a very strong side which will go looking for anything or any energy that is blocking self love. In this way, rose quartz assists us in learning to love ourselves completely.

Rose quartz supports us and releases us from worry and points us in the direction of a stress free life. Rose Quartz also brings empathy and sensitivity, especially helpful when used by people working with people who have issues around self love.

Rose Quartz is a good friend, optimistic in outlook, practical in action, honest in communication, strong when required and usually gentle in manner.

Rutilated Quartz

Rutilated Quartz is a variety of quartz with inclusions of Rutile Titanium Oxide, which

exhibits a tetragonal structure and has a hardness of 6.5.

Rutilated Quartz is almost like a super charged quartz. The rutiles enhance the flow of

certain energies within the quartz. This combination brings increased hope and opens the door to new possibilities that were perhaps unseen. In this way it revitalises, encourages and widens our vision.

This new attitude can promote new ideas and allow these ideas and energies a forum in which to play themselves out, bringing an increased clarity to possible new ventures. This stone is surely a stone for the entrepreneur and the maverick latent in all of us.


Ruby is a form of corundum, which exhibits a trigonal structure and has a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Ruby is a fiery little gem. It is born of fire and imbues the energies of that fire. Rubies are great stimulants, instigators and catalysts. Rubies activate our root and sacral centres. They drive us to action. These little gems speak to our consciousness and require we do something, achieve something, anything but be stagnant.

Rubies are great for inspiring new ideas, concept, way of doing things. They speak to the aspects of creativity and destructivity within.

Rubies enhance fertility at all levels, physical, emotional and spiritual.

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