Diamond and quartz are equally crystal clear, emitting a charming light.But what’s the difference between them ?How can you tell diamond from quartz ?Without any knowledge of crystals at all, go to the window and try and scratch it with the stones. The one that scratches the glass without showing any damage to the crystal is the diamond.
Knowing crystals, the diamond is octagonal, whereas the quartz is a hexagonal column with a pointed tip on one or both ends.The differences between quartz and diamond crystals start with their chemical compositions. Their molecular differences lead to the characteristics that allow you to tell them apart. Whether in natural crystal form or cut into gemstones, quartz and diamonds can be differentiated using nondestructive techniques such as crystal form, density, specific gravity or refractive index.
Natural crystals of quartz and diamond have very different crystal structures. Quartz’s silicon dioxide molecules align to form six-sided hexagonal crystals, usually longer than they are wide. Quartz crystals grow so that only one end terminates in a hexagonal pyramid. An exception are the so-called Herkimer diamonds, which terminate on both ends. On the other hand, the carbon atoms forming diamonds usually arrange themselves into squat isometric crystals. These eight-sided crystals may appear as two pyramids abutted base to base.Click here to browse a selection of druzy quartz stone jewelry.