Quartz in interior and exterior design
Its mostly used as worktops due to its stain-resistants, is heat and scratch-proofen and non-porous but can be vulnerable to excessive force and high temperatures. Quartz a compound of 95 per cent ground natural quartz and 5 percent polymer resin. Its very similar in colour to other natural stones like marble and granite. It is less expensive but definitely more durable and stronger than granite and marble.
Origin of quartz
Quartz is a mineral composed of silicon and oxygen atoms in a continuous framework of SiO4 silicon–oxygen tetrahedra, with each oxygen being shared between two tetrahedra, giving an overall chemical formula of SiO2. Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in Earth’s continental crust, behind feldspar.
Quartz crystals are chiral, and exist in two forms, the normal α-quartz and the high-temperature β-quartz. The transformation from α-quartz to β-quartz takes place abruptly at 573 °C (846 K). Since the transformation is accompanied by a significant change in volume, it can easily induce fracturing of ceramics or rocks passing through this temperature limit.
Use of quartz
There are many different varieties of quartz, several of which are semi-precious gemstones. Since antiquity, varieties of quartz have been the most commonly used minerals in the making of jewelry and hardstone carvings.
Its used in technology such as in quartz watches and modern screens of all type.
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