In Australian Aboriginal mythology, quartz was believed to be a magical substance referred to as mabanba, from which shamans and elders derived their magical powers. 

The Irish word for quartz is grianchloch ("sunstone") where it was knapped into stone tools by the island's prehistoric peoples. 

Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder believed quartz to be water-formed ice, permanently solidified after great lengths of time. He supported this idea by saying that quartz is found near glaciers in the Alps, but not on volcanic mountains, and that large quartz crystals were fashioned into spheres to cool the hands (evidently Pliny also had a penchant for making shit up).

This beautifully raw quartz cluster was excavated from the Jinlong Hill in Heyuan, China, where villagers harvest and sell the crystals they discover on its slopes. This particular cluster formed upon a foundation of delicate black hematite. Some believe quartz and hematite to be a powerful combination of elements: hematite drawing in chaotic, negative and stray energies as the quartz transforms and transmutes it into tranquility, clarity and positive light, ultimately balancing the body, mind and spirit.

Maybe Pliny was right after all: this ancient crystal definitely has a way of helping us chill.

DIMENSIONS: 4.5 x 4 x 3"