Aura quartz -you either love it or hate it. Many prefer their crystals to be without any enhancements and that is perfectly understandable. Others find beauty and joy in the rainbow colors and flashes.
“Metal-coated crystals are natural crystals, such as quartz, whose surface has been coated with metal to give them an iridescent metallic sheen.
Aqua aura, for instance, is created in a vacuum chamber from quartz crystals and gold vapor by vapor deposition. The quartz is heated to 871 °C (1600 °F) in a vacuum, and then gold vapor is added to the chamber.
The gold atoms fuse to the crystal’s surface, which gives the crystal an iridescent metallic sheen.” Wikipedia
The aura process, in this author’s opinion, does not jumble, desecrate or destroy the original chemical creation/crystal lattice that is quartz. The aura process is simply creating an additional coating of color using various metals.
Think of it as putting on a new party dress to go out on a date or dancing with your friends.
Note: I have read other websites that suggest non metallic items, like iron oxide (which is pretty much on everything when it comes from the mine, that is why they use Oxalic acid to clean the crystals) or silicon are used, but I find that to be an unreasonable assumption. Neither are a precious metal.
Here are some Aura Quartz names and their metallic partners are listed below. This list will never be complete as new combinations are created all the time. Some sellers will not even reveal the metal combinations simply because they do not know either. 🙂
Angel Aura (platinum, silver)
Apple Aura (nickle)
Aqua Aura (gold)
Champagne Aura (gold and indium)
Cobalt Aura (cobalt)
Flame Aura (titanium, niobium)
Imperial Gold Quartz (Iron, Titanium, other trace minerals)
Indigo Aura (same as Tanzan Aura)
Magic Aura Quartz (??)
Opal Aura (platinum)
Opal Angel Aura (platinum, silver)
Pearl Aura (platinum, silver)
Rainbow Aura (gold, titanium)
Raspberry Rose Aura (Layers of platinum, silver and gold)
Rose Aura (Layers of platinum, silver and gold)
Ruby Aura (platinum)
Sunshine Aura (gold and platinum)
Sunset Aura (titanium, Silver and possibly other trace metals)
Tanzan Aura, Tanzanite Aura, Tanzine Aura (gold, niobium and indium)
Titanium Aura (titanium, niobium)