Silver Quartzite – the exclusive South Tyrolean stone, one of its kind in the entire World.

Silver Quartzite is a metamorphic stone only available in Vizze Valley, South Tyrol. The extremely hard and unstable geological conditions of this geographical area made it one of the hardest natural stones in the world.

The mentioned geological conditions have a strong impact on the chemical and mineralogical composition, also. There are two types of silver quartzite: the first, clearer, with a quartzite content greater than 90%; the second, darker, with at least 60% of quartzite. The latter is also known for its very high content of rutile, zircon, hematite, or magnetite. This very mineral variety is the main reason of the wide range of uses of this stone, both for body and mind treatment.

Kornelia Schwitzer, founder of SilberQuarzit Experience, lives not far from the silver quartzite quarry and has been working with this incredible and unique stone for over ten years.
With a strong background in Naturopathy, Salutogenesis, Balneotherapy and Cosmetics, her Mission has been focused on making the power of silver quartzite accessible to people, developing specific products and treatments.

Composition of Silver Quartzite.

Dr. Wolfgang Marktl, Head of the Institute of Physiology of the University of Wien and President of the Wien-based International Academy of Holistic Medicine GAMED, includes clear silver quartzite among the scientifically recognized healing minerals.

He states that “clear silver quartzite is a geogenic peloid of inorganic origin classified in thermal medicine in the group of healing minerals”. (From “Balneotherapy Report on the presence of Silver Quartzite in Val di Vizze / Alto Adige”, Dr. W. Marktl , 2011).

Uses and effects of Silver Quartzite.

Depending on its composition, silver quartzite has different uses. The clear one has a strong deacidifying effect, resulting relevant in the detoxification process of the body. The dark silver quartzite, on the other hand, is much more versatile, in reason of the mineralogical complexity we have seen previously. Quartzite, in this case, acts as a perfect “bridge” between these minerals and the human body, amplifying their benefits.

Based on medical empiricism and balneotherapy reports, silver quartzite is effective for:
body detoxification;
skin deacidification and firming;
support therapies in dermatological disorders (e.g. neurodermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, acne, boils, scarring, etc.)
naturopathic treatments;
transferring of natural essences and oils to the body;
releasing from mental and emotional blocks.

Mineral Composition of Silver Quartzite.

*The petrographic analysis of silver quartzite, carried out by Dr. Volker von Seckendorff of the Institute of Geography and Geology of Würzburg, determined the following values:

Dark Silver Quartzite:

Quartzite 60%
Muscovite 20%
Biotite 5%
Chlorite 5%
Hematite 5%
Tourmaline 3%
Magnetite 2%

Clear Silver Quartzite:

Quartzite 95%
Muscovite 1%
Biotite 1%
Hematite 1%
Tourmaline 1%
Magnetite 1%

Historical notes on Silver Quartzite.

About 150 million years ago, the African and Eurasian Plates approached and collided. The pressure generated caused faults, aquifers, thrusts and folds, leading to the formation of the Alps over millions of years.

In this play of pressures that lasted for millennia, the Eurasian Plate first slipped under the African one, and then resurfaced in some points, called tectonic windows, following the erosion and subsequent demolition of the overlying plate.

One of these windows is in South Tyrol, known as the Tauern Window. Thanks to this geological phenomenon, experts can literally take a look at the deepest layers of the earth and thus their history.

After a long journey at temperatures of over 500 ° C and a pressure of up to 8 kilobars, what was once the southern coastal strip of the Eurasian Plate has been transformed into one of the hardest natural stones in the world: silver quartzite.