The name crystal comes from the Greek word for “ice”, as the Greeks believed that rock crystal was water that had become eternally frozen. While cuttable material is rare, important deposits have been found in Brazil, Madagascar, the Alps, and The United States. Rock crystal beads are perhaps the best way to add a ton of sparkle to your designs. Because rock crystal is clear, it can be combined with almost any other bead and they never disappoint! Check out our huge faceted cuts below if you want to design a necklace that will cause intense staring!
The name “rock crystal” emerged in the late Middle Ages to differentiate this gemstone from the newly perfected colorless glass, to which the name crystal or crystal glass had become attached. Did you know that rhinestones were originally cut from pebbles of rock crystal that were found in the Rhine River, Germany?
Rock Crystal is the clear, colorless variety of macrocrystalline quartz (silicon dioxide). Rock crystal often has inclusions of other minerals. Needle-like inclusions of golden rutile produce rutilated quartz. Tourmalinated Quartz is composed of intricately crossing needles of black schorl tourmaline trapped in clear rock crystal.
Long associated with beliefs of cultures all over the world, rock crystal is thought to amplify the positive and healing aspects of other stones. Rock crystal is said to bring strength to its wearers, and bring about clear-thinking.