Daily Wire Tip Apr. 17: Is Fruit Quartz Really Quartz?

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
April 17, 2011

Question:

Hi Dale, I love that your instructional style is so clear and concise. It really helps me create an impressive first try!

I read recently that fruit named quartzes, like cherry quartz, are really man made glass based. I always figured they were dyed quartz. What are your thoughts?

-Jeanne in Waukesha, Wisconsin

Answer:

Hi Jeanne, thanks for your kind comments regarding my teaching style (I really do love what I do!).

Yes, you are correct. With the exception of authentic Lemon Quartz, unfortunately nearly all of the “Fruit Quartz” items available today are made of glass.

The reasoning behind these sales labels is that glass is made of high-quality sand (meaning the mineral silica, which is Quartz), therefore, vendors deem it OK to label these glass variations as quartz.

We have had a couple of discussions on these terms, that you might also find interesting such as Red Ruby Quartz and what really is Kiwi Lapis. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet pretty item to include in your summer designs, Fruit Quartz will fit that need.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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One Comment

  1. avatar

    Mary

    April 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Jeanne~

    As Dale stated, we have loads of discussions regarding vendors’ techniques when referring to different glass or gemstone beads with very creative names. Sometimes the vendors are fairly honest and let you know what it is and sometimes they don’t. But we are ever learning so we take these bits of information and store it up to pass along to others.

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