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Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals in Earth's crust and makes up a variety of beautiful gemstones such as rose quartz, smoky quartz, lemon quartz, lime quartz and rock crystal quartz, just to name a few. Amethyst, citrine and tiger's eye are also all types of quartz gemstones.
Some believe the name quartz may have come from the Greek word "krystallos", meaning ice. Ancient Greeks believed quartz crystal was fossilized ice. Quartz's high thermal conductivity, which makes the gemstone feel cool to the touch, may have added to this belief.
The use of quartz dates back thousands of years. Tools and weapons were among the first things to have been crafted from quartz. Native Americans and Australian Aborigines used quartz crystals in their rain rituals. Ancient Romans used colorless quartz to cool their hands in hot weather. And quartz crystal balls have been used to predict the future since the middle ages.
When it comes to fine quartz jewelry, an endless array of possibilities awaits at the Ross-Simons web site. Find quartz earrings, bracelets, rings and quartz necklaces featuring the many radiant shades of quartz. All beautiful, all affordable, all waiting for you.
For night time glamour, try wearing quartz jewelry with a dark piece of clothing like a little black dress or a gray cashmere sweater. The contrast between light and dark colored pieces changes the entire look.
At Ross-Simons, we are proud to present an extensive and varied selection of quartz jewelry. Our designs range in style from classic to contemporary, with jewelry featuring a single quartz stone or a multi gemstone display. Quartz gemstones add beautiful color and sparkle to earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings rendered in sterling silver or 14kt gold.
Quartz is found all over the world, with significant mines in Brazil, Madagascar, Canada and the United States.
Although quartz has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, you should take care to avoid scratches and sharp blows. Some types of quartz can fade in the sun, so it's best to store your quartz jewelry in your Ross-Simons presentation box when not in use. Clean your quartz rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets with warm water and a dry cloth.