Is the power of quartz crystals a scam?
No way! How will I prove that to you?
By throwing some science at it, of course!
Quartz is amazing in so many ways.
It makes up some of our very favorite crystals to work with:
- clear quartz
- smokey quartz
- rose quartz
- ….I could go on and on
What’s so special about quartz energy?
OK, really quick we’re going to dip into some physics here. But I’ll make it painless… I swear.
Oh, c’mon… it’s not that bad.
So a wee bit ago (in the year 1880) in a Paris lab, physicist brothers Jacques and Pierre Curie (husband to Marie) made a new discovery regarding quartz crystals.
Together they found that by wiring a quartz crystal to a recording meter & striking it, they could produce an electric signal. Whoa!
Then they found that squeezing it resulted in the same. Wait! A rock crystal was making electricity here?
Well, not really making it. Crystals cannot create or generate energy, despite that popular name given to quartz crystals of a certain rare shape & size: “Generators”. But, some crystals can serve as transducers.
So what the flip is a transducer???
A transducer is capable of transforming one form of energy into another… rather than generating it
In this case, we’re talking about transducing mechanical energy into electrical energy. Or vice versa: an electric current into a mechanical force. A wee bit ‘o physics. Ya with me so far?
So, what I’ve just described and what the Pierre bro’s discovered is known as piezoelectricity. And it’s 1 super-geeky reason why quartz is so scientifically magical!
It means that quartz produces a voltage when some sort of mechanical energy is applied (like a strike or pressure). An electric charge actually builds up in the quartz as a reaction to the stress, causing the crystal to give off light and electricity. You can also reverse this concept — if electricity is put into the crystal you’ll get mechanical energy in the form of a very precise vibration.
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What we have here is energy transformation.
Quartz crystals are extremely efficient energy transformers; in physics as well as in metaphysical uses.
In fact, some scientists think that “ball lightning” may be the result of electrified gas in our atmosphere from quartz-bearing rocks being subjected to tectonic stress and pressure from Mama Earth moving her crustal plates around, like granite. How cool is that?
Great Balls of Lightning!
Ball Lightning. By Joe Thomissen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
How does the power of quartz do this?
Let me show you.
Quartz is able to conduct an electrical charge because of its precise crystalline nature. Because of this, it vibrates at a very specific frequency making it ideal for use in watches & other technologies.
The next question I often get from my students is:
“What exact frequency is a quartz crystal? I heard it was ‘High Frequency’.”
And my answer is…
From a scientific point of view, that’s the wrong way to look at it. See, a particular quartz crystal’s resonant frequency depends on many variables such as:
- its particular size
- unique crystalline structure
- the speed of sound of the material
- or even the environment that’s it’s in at the time
Yeah, I know! Not so simple.
So this piezoelectric thing was a HUGE discovery for the Pierre Bro’s & gave quartz crystal a whole new importance…while validating what the metaphysical community had inherently known since ancient times, but didn’t have the relatively new science to back it up! BTW, that’s the whole premise of my crystal courses…science backing up & giving confidence to our crystal healing & therapy practices.
Today, piezoelectricity is commonly used in our modern technology in so many ways. (Since I fear boring too many of you with this physics-stuffs, I’ll just link to examples if you care to dig deeper into that.)
Quartz is unique; it’s flexible yet resistant to temperature-induced expansion & contraction, unlike other materials.
Well, this makes quartz perfect for use in the accurate mechanics used in things like a watch!
Busting the Fantasy Bubble: Now, I know we’d all like to imagine a mini crystal like this one below lives inside our quartz watch…
But instead, they actually are high quality, high-purity quartz crystals laser-trimmed in a lab into the shape of a tuning fork and vibrate at a very specific frequency. Because of its piezoelectric property, this teeny quartz tuning fork is manipulated by applying a voltage with this specific vibrational frequency (usually 32,768 Hz) until it entrains and sets…
and they look like this…
This is a quartz crystal resonator, (basically a cute mini tuning fork!) used as the timekeeping component in quartz watches and clocks, with the case removed.
But, quartz isn’t the only crystal that’s got this cool property!
Crystals that are Piezoelectric
- All quartz
- Berlinite (a rare phosphate mineral)
- All Topaz
- All Tourmaline
- Macedonite (lead titanite)
BTW, I consider quartz, topaz & tourmalines to be some of the most powerful & potent crystals to work with. Now you know why.
So how does all this science help us with Crystal Healing?
Piezoelectric crystals are highly beneficial to our energy fields.
I always teach that we really need to pay attention to our energetic hygiene b/c anything neglected there will eventually become denser; condensing and manifesting in our physical bodies.
In my Hibiscus Moon Method, I teach a very specific technique in detail that allows our Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healers to tap into all the power inherent in this pyroelectric property…and I teach you more on the physics behind why it works.
Just to quickly explain, the piezoelectric property of quartz allows us to tap into the body’s polarity. We also couple it with other properties & involve the transducing aspect to play a big role in crystal therapy. Pretty cool, huh?
By the way, quartz also has some other cool physics properties like pyroelectricity and triboluminesence.
So please let me know if this blog helped you to learn a bit more about the science behind crystal healing in the comments below… or if it sent you running for the hills, let me know that too!
P.S. If this sort of thing appeals to you & you’d like to go way deeper in your crystal practice, I teach all about this & so much more in my Certified Crystal Healer Course. We’ll be enrolling again for our fall term very soon. You can get on the Wait List here.