This specimen has chlorite inclusions, resulting in a semi-translucent white phantom.
Measurements: ~2-1/8" tall x 1-1/4" wide x 1" deep
Location:Brazil, South America
Clear Quartz is one of the most admired minerals by both geology enthusiasts and those practicing the Metaphysical properties of minerals. Quartz is composed of silica (SiO2), and forms an important part of most igneous rocks. Quartz occurs in crystalline masses, and when conditions permit, it forms hexagonal crystals. Perfect crystals are rare. Industrially, crystal Quartz can be cut in a certain way in order for it to produce an electrical charge. This effect makes Quartz very useful for radio, television, and radar. Colors or inclusions in Quartz are due to the presence of other minerals (particularly iron), combining with Quartz during its formation. Common varieties are rose quartz, amethyst, citrine, rutilated, and tourmalinated quartz.
Phantom Quartz is created when minerals have been washed over and captured within a crystal during its growing process. The mineral deposit acts as a record of the crystal's lifetime. Phantoms appear as ghost crystals, or faint lines that mimic the shape of the main termination of the crystal. Phantom colors vary depending on the mineral which is captured. Very frequently, these phantoms are chlorite, hematite, or clay. Another way that phantoms can be formed is through natural irradiation, or a temporary increase in temperature during the growing process. The increase in temperature results in deeper or more vivid colors especially in smokey quartz and amethyst.