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5.1" Clear/White PHANTOM QUARTZ w/SpikyCACTUS Crystals on 2Sides Brazil-for sale
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Phantom Cactus Quartz

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Spiky CACTUS Crystals



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5.1" Clear and White PHANTOM QUARTZ with Spiky CACTUS QUARTZ Crystals on 2 Sides - Brazil
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5.1" x 1.9" x 1.5"

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This is a beautiful, sharply terminated phantom quartz crystal with lovely, very distinct, ghostly white phantoms.

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Secondary crystals on 2 sides create a prickly "cactus" formation

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Information about this crystal/mineral specimen

This specimen is a PHANTOM QUARTZ crystal from Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The crystal is sharply terminated with only trivial damage, and has ghostly white phantoms trapped inside a clear quartz crystal. Phantoms occur when a crystal grows, then is coated with a second mineral (here, white kaolin clay), and then resumes growth again with a clear outer layer that reveals the phantom crystal inside. This specimen also has sharp, spiky quartz crystals growing directly out of two sides of the crystal, a phenomenon called cactus quartz. The cactus crystals are clear and sharply terminated, and are up to 1/2" in length. I purchased this fine crystal from a Brazilian dealer at the Tucson Gem Rock and Mineral Show this year. Back in 2007 there were a few of these around, and the lot I picked from was the first new material I've seen since then.

Facts about gems, rocks and minerals

Phantom quartz has the characteristic of displaying some of the past growth history of a given crystal, due to either the deposition of some mineral matter on faces during deposition or due a change in the conditions of growth, such as stoppage or interruption of the growth. Phantoms are relatively common in smoky or amethyst quartz worldwide and are seen as growth zoning, displayed as variable color shades -- alternating light and dark zones, particularly when looking in the dominant face on the termination (the dominant trigonal pyramid face).

Examples of phantoms from Arkansas include those that contain various mineral matter, such as the so-called blue phantoms which enclose fine-grained black shale particles, and white cap phantoms which have a termination of white milky quartz covered by clear rock crystal.

In the instance of blue phantoms, many specimens will consist of multiple phantomed crystals. Most often blue phantoms do not exhibit a complete crystal internally. A third example of included minerals include green chamosite (an iron-rich variety of chlorite called thuringite). Specimens of green phantoms most often are recovered from veins adjacent to shale, having extracted the chemical components necessary for the formation of this mineral from the shale host. These crystals may appear as cloudy uniformly pastel green phantoms with clear quartz coatings or as granular zones on 2 or 3 faces. Many of these types of phantoms only display a few faces with the phantom appearance. This is because the included mineral material was being washed through the vein by the mineralizing fluid as fine-grained suspended particles. The back or eddy side of the crystals is where this material could settle out of the fluid onto the crystal. When you view a specimen consisting of many phantoms of this type, often all the crystals that extend directly from the cavity wall have the same orientation. When this is true, you can determine the direction of flow of the mineralizing fluid. Terminal crystal faces grow more rapidly and become dominant that "face" the flow; those that are on the "backwater" in the eddies cannot grow as rapidly and become smaller relative to the others. Even many clusters of rock crystal display this same characteristic.

The other major type of phantoms often seen from Arkansas deposits are due to changes in the chemistry of the fluids or interruption of the growth cycle. Those that form a complete phantom termination fall into this category. They may be white-capped, pale "ghost-like" caps or even dissolved-appearing stubs preserved in well terminated rock crystal.

Information about crystal, gem and mineral metaphysics and healing

People interested in metaphysics and crystal healing tell us that phantom quartz is a powerful tool for redemption and cleansing of the earth. The energy of the crystal works to bring people together to save the planet. Phantom crystals are also especialy helpful for accessing past lives. The mineral within the quartz is said to help one experience past lives in a state of ascension. Phantoms are also used to assist one in meeting a personal spiritual guide.

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