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Beautiful, Luminous Crackle Quartz Jewelry

Updated on November 30, 2015
Colorful crackle quartz in a rainbow of colors. Photo courtesy of JustCharming, Lisa Phillips-Riser.
Colorful crackle quartz in a rainbow of colors. Photo courtesy of JustCharming, Lisa Phillips-Riser. | Source
Luminous, white frosted crackle quartz.  Courtesy Naiad Necklaces.
Luminous, white frosted crackle quartz. Courtesy Naiad Necklaces.

Frosted crackle quartz is a naturally occurring, clear quartz that has been tumbled, heated, and acid-treated to induce crazing. Once treated, it can be dyed many colors or sandblasted to create a luminous, semi-opaque surface. One of my favorite necklaces is an undyed version of this gemstone, and I get many, many compliments whenever I wear it.

Undyed, frosted crackle quartz has an ethereal, luminous character that looks beautiful against any skin tone. It looks especially wonderful paired with the warm, smooth glow of yellow gold. In the winter, frosted white crackle quartz calls to mind snow balls or icicles and looks great when worn with deep reds, blues, or black. In the summer, wear it with snappy nautical blues and whites or with pastels.

Crackle quartz has the same Mohs hardness of untreated quartz –7. However, the crazing process triggers multiple “fault lines” in the gem. If hit just right, the stone may chip or even fracture along one of these faults. To protect your crackle quartz pieces, do the following:

Crackle quartz beads with silk knots or soft gold spacers between each bead.  The knots and spacers prevent beads from hitting one another and chipping. Photo courtesy Naiad Necklaces.
Crackle quartz beads with silk knots or soft gold spacers between each bead. The knots and spacers prevent beads from hitting one another and chipping. Photo courtesy Naiad Necklaces.
A properly stored crackle quartz necklace.  The box's tabs keep beads from knocking together. Photo courtesy Naiad Necklaces.
A properly stored crackle quartz necklace. The box's tabs keep beads from knocking together. Photo courtesy Naiad Necklaces.

Tips for maintaining your crackle quartz jewelry

  • Choose pieces that have been strung on silk (or some other textile) and knotted between beads. This keeps the beads from knocking together. Alternatively, make sure a soft material, such as gold, sits between each bead as a buffer. Ideally, such spacer beads will also be strung on French wire or bullion—again, this keeps the crackle beads from knocking together.
  • Never hang crackle quartz beads from a hook where they can swing and hit a wall or another piece of jewelry.

  • Always store crackle quartz flat in its own box or compartment.

  • Use two hands to remove crackle quartz from its compartment or to return it to storage.


I don’t personally recommend crackle quartz for rings or bracelets, because such pieces tend to get knocked around quite a bit—especially if you are like me and talk with your hands. However, crackle quartz makes wonderful earrings and necklaces. With proper care and by following the simple rules above, you can expect to enjoy your crackle quartz pieces for years to come.

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