By Cindy Edelstein
Rock crystal, also known as clear quartz, is a staple in jewelry design dating back centuries. It is a very common stone and yet it deserves to come back in vogue now and again because it offers such creative options for designers.

Right now, many designers are using it to give their pieces a great look at a relatively affordable price, as it really glams up when accented with a few diamonds set in gold. But it can also be casual when going solo or paired with silver.

Here are 11 styles that span the high/low spectrum and offer some clearly beautiful choices.

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