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Artistic QUARTZ

OFFERING VERSATILITY AS A LAPIDARY MEDIUM
This gorgeous quartz peacock is a superb example of the carvings done in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. (BECKER GALLERY

No matter where you go in the mineral world, you will encounter quartz in any one of its countless, always-attractive forms.

In nature, crystallized quartz occurs in a host of attractive and often colorful and geometric forms. In massive form, it served as a tool and weapon for thousands of years. Early humans turned non-crystalline quartz into their most useful tools and weapons; first as a hard opaque hammer and then as a razorsharp blade using the mineral’s conchoidal fracture to chip it into a sharp-edged blade. They even learned how to shape quartz into rudimentary artful shapes.

As civilizations progressed, so did the use of quartz as a decorative and artful medium from its practical uses. Glass, for example, is largely made of silica (quartz sand) with other chemicals. Quartz has always been with us and today remains the single most common and versatile natural mineral found on earth.

Natural quartz can be beautiful, whether crystallized or massive. In human hands an already attractive and useful quartz can be turned into objects of great beauty. Given the creative nature of the human mind and skillful human hands, quartz can be turned into beautiful, delicate, and graceful objects of art that appeal to everyone. Nature, not to be outdone, creates her own objects of beauty in a wide range of colors, geometric forms, and appealing natural designs. No other natural mineral comes close to matching quartz as a lapidary medium in so many ways.

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