Quartz with marcasite
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Quartz with marcasite is a rare gemstone. Marcasite and quartz are usualy found separately, but rarely together.
The mineral marcasite, sometimes called white iron pyrite, is iron sulfide (FeS2) with orthorhombic crystal structure. It is physically and crystallographically distinct from pyrite, which is iron sulfide with cubic crystal structure. Both structures do have in common that they contain the disulfide S22− ion having a short bonding distance between the sulfur atoms. The structures differ in how these di-anions are arranged around the Fe2+ cations. Marcasite is lighter and more brittle than pyrite. Specimens of marcasite often crumble and break up due to the unstable crystal structure.
On fresh surfaces it is pale yellow to almost white and has a bright metallic luster. It tarnishes to a yellowish or brownish color and gives a black streak. It is a brittle material that cannot be scratched with a knife. The thin, flat, tabular crystals, when joined in groups, are called cockscombs.
Quartz is a hard, crystalline mineral composed of silicon and oxygen atoms. The atoms are linked in a continuous framework of SiO4 silicon oxygen tetrahedra, with each oxygen being shared between two tetrahedra, giving an overall chemical formula of SiO2. Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in Earth’s continental crust, behind feldspar.
There are many different varieties of quartz, several of which are semi-precious gemstones. Since antiquity, varieties of quartz have been the most commonly used minerals in the making of jewelry and hardstone carvings, especially in Eurasia.
Quartz with marcasite meaning
The following section is pseudo scientific and based on cultural beliefs.
- Protection from negative energies.
- Helps enter the conscious mind.
- Ensures happiness in family.
- Embeds the versatile healing powers of quartz.
- Enhances the positive energies.
- Increase self-respect and confidence in women.
- Good for enhancing creativity.
- Improve the ability to understand things.
- Good for mental powers.
Quartz with marcasite
Quartz with Marcasite / Microscope x 10