In the practice of crystal magic, few would argue about the importance of quartz. Since it’s one of the most abundant minerals on earth, and it can be found in so many varieties, there’s bound to be some confusion when distinguishing among the different types. Fire Quartz is a prime example of this difficulty. It is a reddish-orange quartz, but there are so many variations of color and pattern that many different names have been created to describe it. You may know it as Harlequin Quartz, Red Quartz, Tangerine Quartz, Strawberry Quartz, Hematoid, or Ferruginous Quartz. These are all essentially just slight variations of the same type of quartz—quartz with inclusions (or sometimes coatings) of iron.
Here’s the first point of confusion: which type of iron is included in the quartz? First, there’s hematite—the main ore of iron—which ranges in appearance from black to silvery-gray to red. Then there’s the…
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