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What on Earth Is Phantom Quartz?

No two Phantom Quartzes are alike. Some crystals can have a well-defined banding, while others have it smaller and somewhat muted. Phantom Quartz is only found in Minas Gerais, an inland state in southern Brazil known for its wealth of minerals and mining activities.

Dig deeper into the history and properties of this one-of-a-kind crystal.

The Physical Properties of Phantom Quartz

Phantom Quartz is often transparent or white, with a Mohs hardness rating of 7. It has colour inclusions of brown, yellow, orange, gold, red, or pink. The colour is caused by various inosilicate minerals collectively called Amphiboles that occur within the crystal. A crystal with Limonite inclusions may display a yellow, brown, or gold hue, while White Kaolinite inclusions may produce a white colour in the crystal. This is why the crystal is also known as Amphibole Quartz.

Why is it called Phantom Quartz? This unique crystal contains prismatic or needle-like crystals inside it. These crystals were formed when a certain Amphibole mineral washes over the Quartz and interrupts its natural growth cycle. As the crystal continues to grow, it leaves a phantom-like image of itself where it was at the time when the mineral washed over it. This image often runs from the upper left to the bottom right part of the crystal.

The History of Phantom Quartz

About 2000 years ago, naturalist and philosopher Pliny the Elder wrote that Quartz crystals were formed in icy environments particularly in caverns and dark clefts in the mountains. This became the widely accepted belief in the 18th century when modern geology was just burgeoning in Europe. Around that time, Phantom Quartz crystals were called ‘ghost crystals’ and ‘shadow crystals.’

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The Lore of Phantom Quartz

Shamans consider Phantom Quartz to be the light stone. It symbolizes the light residing in every person. Toltec philosophy claims that every living being is a light being, which means all organisms come from the same source and are interconnected.

But our light can get dimmed and often not seen by the naked eye. This causes us to feel disconnected from others and the world. Phantom Quartz counters this effect. Its light helps restore our bond with every living creature.

The Metaphysical Properties of Phantom Quartz

It is believed that the crystal can heighten intuition and create a connection with one’s spirit guide. Phantom Quartz is used to access the angelic realm. It is beneficial in unblocking and activating the third eye and crown chakras. As a result, greater consciousness and spiritual growth is achieved.

The crystal also has the ability to balance the root and sacral chakras, the areas that can get blocked by a person’s traumas. Blocked lower chakras can lead to fear and low self-esteem. Phantom Quartz clears out and balances these energy points to replace unproductive energies with love, creativity, sexuality, and stability.


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