Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals in the earth's crust, but red quartz well crystallized it’s not so frequent, and that the crystals exceed three cm is even rarer.
Now you have the opportunity to get to know the jacintos de Compostela, which is how these special quartzes are called, in our novelties showcase. These specimens, donated by the geologist Jacinto Vaello, come from Orxeta (very close to Villajoyosa) and Domeño (Valencia), and although they are the same mineral, they are different from each other.
Magical properties have been attributed to them since ancient times. In fact, they receive this name because the pilgrims, who made the Camino de Santiago from Villajoyosa, and other eastern roads, brought them to give them protection during the journey. Because of this link, we also exhibit a traditional pilgrim costume that has been lent by Pepe Tonda, from the La Vila - Benidorm Pilgrim Group.
If you're curious, come see them at Vilamuseu at our usual hours. You can also check this Facebook post in which we tell you more details: