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A Look at the Different Types of Quartz Gemstones

When it comes to gemstone jewellery, quartz is one of the most versatile and popular minerals used, however, due to the many different varieties of this stone, many people might be wearing a piece of quartz jewellery without even realising it! 

Here, we’ll look at the different types of quartz gemstones and their composition, highlighting why they stand out as a splendid choice for jewellery. 


Amethyst, with its regal purple hue, has captured hearts for centuries and is also the birthstone for February. This quartz variety owes its enchanting colour to iron and other trace elements. The deeper the purple, the more coveted the Amethyst becomes. Its association with tranquillity (and warding off drunkenness in ancient times!) makes it a favourite choice for jewellery enthusiasts and spiritual seekers.


Agate is a testament to nature's artistic prowess. This quartz gemstone showcases mesmerising bands and patterns in a spectrum of colours from the soft relaxing hues of blue-lace agate to the dramatic sparkle of druzy agate. Its composition includes layers of chalcedony, creating unique visual masterpieces. Agate is not just a gem; it's a work of art worn close to the heart.


Citrine, often referred to as the "sunshine gem," radiates warmth and positivity, and is also the November birthstone. This quartz gemstone boasts a sunny yellow to golden-brown hue. The colour is attributed to iron impurities, which infuse Citrine with an energising aura. Wearing Citrine adds a warm pop of colour to any outfit.


Chalcedony, with its soothing blue shades, is a balm for the soul. This quartz variety promotes calmness and composure. Its gentle energy helps to alleviate stress and anxiety. Chalcedony's composition includes microscopic quartz crystals, giving it a delicate translucence that captures serenity in a gem whether worn in a bold necklace or a pair of delicate earrings.

Black Rutilated Quartz

Black Rutilated Quartz is a captivating gemstone known for its mysterious beauty. It features fine golden or silver rutile needles embedded within the black quartz, creating an otherworldly allure. This gem symbolises strength amid darkness and the grayscale tones pair just as well with silver or gold, making it a very versatile stone.

Ruby Quartz

Ruby Quartz exudes passion and love with its deep red and pink hues. While it may not be a true ruby, it carries the essence of this cherished gem and is a fantastic alternative. Ruby Quartz gets its colour naturally from inclusions in the stone, and is a symbol of vitality and enthusiasm.

Rose Quartz: The Stone of Love

Rose Quartz is the embodiment of love and compassion. Its delicate pink tones resonate with matters of the heart. Often referred to as the "love stone," Rose Quartz encourages self-love, forgiveness, and nurturing relationships, making it a piece of rose quartz jewellery a great gift choice for someone special.

Smoky Quartz: The Enigmatic Beauty

Smoky Quartz is shrouded in mystery with its smoky grey to brownish-black hues. This quartz variation is known for its grounding and protective qualities. It is said to shield its wearer from negative energies, allowing them to journey through life with clarity. Smoky quartz is a complex stone that can add a touch of intrigue to any outfit.

Were you surprised to learn that some of these gemstones were actually types of quartz? From the majestic amethyst to the enigmatic smoky quartz, each variety offers a unique charm so it’s no wonder that the varieties have taken on identities of their own. Milina London's commitment to ethically sourced gemstones and artisan craftsmanship adds an extra layer of allure to these stunning quartz varieties.