Quartz is a mineral that is often used to manufacture beautiful countertops, which are a popular option for homeowners who are remodelling their kitchen. But how much do you really know about quartz? These 11 interesting quartz facts will certainly teach you a few things you didn’t know!
Fact 1 – Quartz mostly comes from Brazil
Quartz crystals mostly come from Brazil, but they can also be found and mined all around the world, including in the United States, in Mexico, in South Africa, in France, in Russia and in Australia.
Different types of quartz rocks can be found in different areas of the world, and this quartz is being mined and used for many applications.
Fact 2 – Quartz is the second most commonly found mineral
Quartz is the second most commonly found mineral in the Earth’s crust. It can be found inside granite and sandstone, and inside other types of rocks.
In fact, quartz can pretty much be found anywhere: it is so abundant that almost every single rock contains at least a very small amount of quartz.
Fact 3 – Quartz can form in two different ways
Since quartz is usually the last mineral to crystallize, it often ends up filling the spaces between other rock formations. When it has formed deep within the Earth’s crust, quartz will usually be found as small, round rocks.
When it has formed inside open cavities in other rocks, quartz will be found as hexagonal prismatic crystals of different sizes.
Fact 4 – Quartz can have many colours
Pure quartz is clear, but quartz crystals can have a variety of beautiful colours, which means they contain small impurities. Milky quartz is white, and smoky quartz is either black or grey.
There is also rose quartz, which is pink, amethyst quartz, which is purple, and citrine quartz, which is either yellow or orange. Colourful quartz crystals are often used in jewellery.
Fact 5 – Quartz can conduct electricity
Quartz has piezoelectric properties, which means that when pressure is applied to it, it can conduct electricity. It also has pyroelectric properties, which means it can become electrically charged under temperature changes.
Thanks to these unique properties, quartz crystals have many uses, including being used to create windows, lenses or filters for pressure gauges, oscillators, microscopes, telescopes, wave stabilizers, and other instruments.
Fact 6 – Quartz is made up of silicon and oxygen
Quartz is a chemical compound made up of one part silicon, and two parts oxygen. Since it contains silicon, it can be used to create different computer components and other electronic products.
Mobile phones, radios, and television receivers are all objects that many of us use daily, and that often contain quartz.
Fact 7 – Quartz can be found inside many watches
Of course, quartz is found inside many wristwatches and clocks. Maybe you have a watch or a clock with the word Quartz displayed on it.
But how can quartz help clocks keep time? A Quartz clock is powered by a battery that provides current to a microchip. The microchip makes a tiny quartz oscillator vibrate, exactly 32,768 times each second. The crystal’s vibrations are turned into regular electric pulses, which are then converted into mechanical power that will turn the gears of the clock.
Fact 8 – Quartz is often used for its metaphysical properties
Many people consider quartz crystals to have metaphysical and spiritual healing properties. The vibrations of quartz crystals can help heal and balance the 7 chakras of the human body.
Quartz is also supposed to promote clarity, to stimulate the energy field of the body, and to get rid of negative energy.
Fact 9 – Quartz countertops are made with a blend of stone and resin
Quartz countertops are not made from a huge slab of quartz rock. They are made from a blend of resin and either fine, or coarse pieces of quartz crystals.
This blend creates a hard and glossy surface that is non-porous, which makes it perfect for kitchen or bathroom countertops.
Fact 10 – Quartz countertops can’t be scratched or chipped
The resin used to create durable quartz countertops makes them more scratch-resistant and chip-resistant than countertops made only from natural stone.
However, unlike countertops made from granite, for example, quartz countertops can easily get damaged by heat since their resin is not heat-resistant. Homeowners who have quartz countertops in their kitchen must always use trivets to protect them from heat.
Fact 11 – Quartz countertops can have a variety of vibrant colours
Quartz countertops can feature the natural colours of quartz, but they can also come in a variety of vibrant colours. To achieve a beautiful blue, red, brown or green quartz countertop, colour would need to be added to the resin.
Quartz countertops will also have different patterns, depending on whether the quartz blended with the resin was ground into fine, or coarse pieces.