|Judith Ripka's blue quartz, diamond, and gold earrings|
|See the tourmaline inclusions throughout the stone? Gorgeous crystal!|
|More inclusions reflecting color in the crystal- so very cool.|
One form of transparent blue quartz used in jewelry is specifically treated amethyst called "safirita” quartz or “blueberry quartz.” Gem quality amethyst from a specific mine is greened by heating and then changed to blue by gamma irradiation and a second heating. These names apply specifically to this mined and altered stone. While understood in the industry, these treatments are not often disclosed to prospective buyers. While QVC says on its site that the stone is treated, larger letters on the site say, "Blueberry quartz is a real gemstone, not simulated, and it is truly beautiful."
|Synthetic blue quartz "crystal" with its colorless quartz seed plate visible- look at the size of it vs the chair by the table!|
There is another reason why blue quartz makes me mad. Once upon a time, members of the new age movement maintained that crystals had to be natural (uncarved, undyed, untreated) to manifest their energies. Now, many new age sites sell dyed quartz aggregates as blue quartz and ascribe powers and mystic energies to aqua aura quartz. Either new age doctrine has changed to accommodate capitalism OR new age participants are being fleeced.
|Blue and green quartz with white gold ring|