Whilst being exquisitely beautiful and full of physical and chemical interest, I do not believe inanimate stones have any magical, spiritual or healing powers. Nevertheless, many people from all over the world do hold such views and thus a page on “mystic Silica” must be included for completeness. Just because I don’t believe it doesn’t mean there may be deeper meaning within these stones.
The colors and patterns found in the Silicas are due to inclusions of metal ions, crystals of other compounds, bits of “dirt” . Beautiful as they are when just looked at, under the microscope an even more beautiful world of colors shapes, swirls and twirls is revealed.
Perhaps the best known form of silica is glass. When molten silica cools rapidly, it doesn’t have time to align into a well organized structure (crystals) and stays in a higgledy-piggledy disorganized (albeit extremely viscous) liquid. This may occur in nature via several mechanisms.
Sometimes within old lava fields are found rounded “geodes” of silica often with a rhyolite exterior. These are known as agates, or Thunder eggs. Much like human beings, these geodes are built on the same basic pattern but each one is different from all the others. The silica is in the form of tiny microscopic crystals of quartz in a fibre or overlapping plate like configuration, known as chalcedony , agate and jasper being examples of this form of silica.
"The Universe is an infinitely interesting place. Unfortunately life is too short and we are too preoccupied with the necessities of existence to see and understand than the tiniest infinitesimally small piece of it."