Since the 1940s, scientists have developed thousands of applications for quartz and quartz crystals. Quartz crystals are what makes all our modern technology functional: computers, cell phones, televisions, radios, security cameras, electronic games, ultrasound, to name but a few! Microchips made of pure silicon - a product of quartz crystals - are the brains of every electronic device in existence. From watches to calculators to satellites to computers, these small chips account for the conveniences that make so many tasks easier! Specimen from our crystal mine.