Quartz crystal Properties and metaphysical Formations

All quartz crystals have 6 primary properties. They are able to structure, store, amplify, focus, transmit and transform energy, which includes matter, thought, emotion and information. Metaphysical quartz formations possess additional properties based on their geometry, the properties of numbers and other specific features. 

The properties of quartz are not confined solely to the metaphysical. The electronics industry widely uses the ability of quartz to precisely structure and control frequencies. In healing and personal development, not dissimilar properties allow quartz crystals to act like a tuning fork, gently but powerfully returning our energetic frequencies to a healthier, natural state. Quartz naturally harmonises and energizes both our gross and subtle bodies. Kirlian photography has shown that holding a small, double terminated quartz doubles the photographable portion of the human aura. 

The intrinsic properties of all quartz crystal naturally heals, cleanses, balances and energises the chakras, resulting in physical well-being as well as initiating and strengthening subtle organs of perception responsible for psychic abilities.


Activation Quartz Gateway Key super 7
Aqua Aura Generator Laser Quartz Tabby
Auralite 23 Golden Enhydro Lemurian Quartz Tangerine Quartz
Barnacle Golden Healer Lithium Quartz TIBETAN QUARTZ
Brandberg Quartz Green Quartz Manifestation Titanium Aura
Bridge Grounding Mongolian Quartz Transmitter
Candle Quartz Growth Interference Negative Manifestation Trigonic
Cathedral Quartz Harlequin Phantom Twin
Celtic Quartz Herkimer Diamond       Amethyst Phantom Window
Channelling Himalayan Quartz       Chlorite Phantom
Clusters Included Quartz       Red Phantom
Cobalt Aura       Amethyst       White Phantom
Curved Quartz       Black Tourmaline Pinnacle Quartz
Dendritic Quartz       CARBON Rainbow
Double Terminated       Chlorite Record Keeper
DT Clusters       FLUORITE Reverse Sceptre Quartz
Dow       GOETHITE Rutilated Quartz
Elestial       Gold Sceptre Quartz
Enhydro       INDICOLITE Self-Healed
Etched Quartz       PYRITE       Master Self-Healed
Faden Quartz       SNOWBALL Skeletal Quartz
Fairy Clusters Isis Smokey Quartz

Activation Quartz (Time-Line)

Recognised by an inclined window (less symmetrical than the window formation), located on either side of the central (main) face. When to the left it is said to increase left brain function, and when to the right, right brain function.

When referred to as time-line quartz, left is said to give access to impressions from the past, right the future.

Aqua Aura

Man-made. Molecules of pure gold are bonded to the quartz by the natural electric charge of the crystal. By natures arrangement, this produces a celestial shade of blue. This cannot be scraped off, and permeates the crystal. These beautiful crystals combine the considerable qualities of gold and quartz, while allowing greater direction to be given to the energy of the gold via the ability of quartz to be programmed. Gold has been called the master healer, symbolizing purity of heart, the perfection of alchemical transformation. Purifying at all levels, the beneficial effects of gold are considerable. Thought forms are enhanced and the heart chakra is balanced and soothed. 

"Gold can also help to assuage the overburden of responsibility, to combat feelings of depression and inferiority, to allow one to both understand and dispense with self-reproach and to calm excitation and anger."

Auralite 23

A relatively new find from the "Cave of Wonders" in the Boreal Forest of Northwestern Ontario in Canada.

A similar included quartz combination to Super 7, though in auralite Aura X-ray diffraction has been used to identify at least 23 minerals. The majority of the crystal comprises amethyst, citrine and a rare green quartz type which form intricate etching and attractive chevron phantom banding. In larger specimens, they usually have a "red cap” termination.

Auralite 23 possesses the properties of its constituent minerals plus unique properties resulting from their synergy. It also enhances and magnifies the energies of other crystals in proximity to it, especially (but not limited to) those that are in it.

There is some disagreement as to the exact composition of auralite, but all agree it contains at least 23 minerals. One noteworthy point is that the Gemmological Institute of America had never found gold traces in amethyst before.

Titanite, cacoxenite, lepidocrosite, ajoite, hematite, magnetite, pyrite, goethite, pyrolusite, gold, silver, platinum, nickel, copper, iron, limonite, shpalerite, covellite, chalcopyrite, gialite, epidote, bornite, and rutile.

"If one is fortunate enough to become an Earth-keeper for a quartz crystal containing gold, the uses are extensive. The properties of gold and quartz crystal are combined and produce "dynamite" results."

Auralite enhances healing, personal development, intuition and all types of energy work. It can be used on all chakras with excellent results and is said to initiate and/or awaken kundalini energy.

"Auralite feels like a dissolving of one’s cares and worries––a release of patterns of anxiety, resentment, judgment, depression and defeat. As this dissolution occurs, one feels an upliftment of one’s spirit and an awakening to the potentialities for a new life. This rising of optimism and new hope is felt all the way into one’s cellular consciousness. The body itself is awed and made reverent by the clearing of the veils of illusion and the dawning of the presence of one’s true self, one’s Higher Self.” Robert Simmons, "Stones of the New Consciousness”.

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Barnacle Crystals

Barnacle crystals are recognized as crystals partially covered by many smaller crystals. They are essentially a type of mini-cluster and share the properties of clusters.

These crystals can be used to provide insight into issues of trust and dependence, especially in relation to the principle of family. Improves physical and intellectual fertility.

Brandberg Quartz

Brandberg, being a mountain range in Namibia, is a location not a type, but it is so distinct and unique that it warrants inclusion in any quartz properties list. The circular Brandberg mountain range rises out of the red desert to form the highest peaks in Namibia. The summit, Königstein, German for "King's Stone", stands at over 2,500 metres.

These mountains have always been held sacred and are famed for their ancient rock paintings and engravings. The indigenous Damara people named the mountain Dâures, which means "Burning Mountain". Brandberg is German for "Fire Mountain", because of its beautiful orange glow at sunset. The Hereropeople named Brandberg, Omukuruvaro"Mountain of the Gods".

Stunning amethyst and smoky "flames", liquid inclusions, lustre to rival any Herkimer and vast metaphysical variety Brandbergs. Healers and shaman, both indigenous and worldwide, have long used Brandbergs for energy work of all types. They are transformational, metaphysical healing crystals of unparalleled beauty and energy.

All our Brandbergs are direct from local miners. They dig only by hand and refill any holes, leaving the sacred mountains undamaged.

"This high-vibration crystal is an indispensable aid for healing, journeying and for exploring the pure, eternal blueprint that lies behind existence. It returns a body to that purity of vibration and intention that came before any imprinting from earthly incarnations. Emanating infinite compassion to all of creation, Brandbergs bring about deep soul healing and forgiveness.

This stone speeds recovery from illness or accident and is excellent for house clearing. A smoky Brandberg is the finest tool available for removing implants, attachments, spirit possession or mental influence and this is the stone par excellence for transformation or transition.” Judy Hall, "The Crystal Bible

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Bridge Crystals

Bridge crystals are recognized as a smaller crystal which is part in, and part out of a larger quartz crystal. Sometimes referred to as a "penetration bridge."

"Bridge crystals facilitate bridging between the inner and outer worlds, between the self and others residing on this planet, and between the self and other worlds... and are quite beneficial when one is working with the aspects of spirituality and with the advanced metaphysical areas, and attempting to share this knowledge with others.”

It facilitates passing over what was previously impassable. The essential geometry of the crystal is penetrated, providing access to inner worlds and issues previously inaccessible. Appreciated by shamans and those interested in "journeying".

Useful for improving teaching and communication in general.

Candle Quartz (Pineapple, Celestial, Spirit Quartz)

Candle, cactus, spirit and pineapple quartz are largely the same formation though the latter tend to be stouter. The small terminations covering the sides of the main, central point have the look of a candle covered in wax drips or the textured skin of the pineapple. Spirit quartz was originally named by African miners, its gorgeous amethyst shades reminded them of methylated spirits.

Their form suggests they combine some of the properties of the multi-dimensional elestial and abundance of the barnacle formations. It is an excellent crystal for information retrieval and meditation and its form also indicates it’s usefulness as a shielding stone.

"Spirit Quartz is the most enchanting crystal that I have worked with. It has been used to provide for a smooth transition from the beta to the alpha level, where extra-sensory perception is stimulated. This crystal has also been used to rectify localized energy disturbances. It acts to dissipate the disturbance and to replace any disorganized energy with a stable, reliable energy which discourages further disorder."

Cathedral Quartz

Cathedral crystals are recognised by their "architectural” form, which bears a resemblance to multiple towers, like those of a castle or gothic cathedral.

They are said to give access to the Akashic records and past lives. They share their multi-terminations with elestials, which they also share some properties with, which are contained in the following quote.

"The Elestial quartz crystal is recognized by natural multi-terminations over the body or face of an etched and/or layered crystal. The Elestial contains the absolute and ultimate essential wisdom and can provide for transfer of this insight to the physical intellect via the higher-self.”

Celtic Quartz (Welsh & Irish)

Kacha Stones is the proud miner of Welsh and Irish Celtic quartz. These relatively rare crystals are ethically hand mined in the hills of Wales and shores of SW Ireland, taking great care to leave the environment undisturbed. After carefully hand cleaning each one, they are stored on the earth or in a natural woodland spring in the Cyche Valley of West Wales to maintain their magical and distinct mood. These locations are vividly described in the very oldest Celtic texts, the Mabinogian, as being where King Arthur hunted the White Hart and the gateway to the Fairie Kingdom. We are fortunate to be located in this valley.

Celtic quartz is a valuable link to the ancient and mystical energies of Great Britain, with a mood as distinct as that from Tibet or Namibia.

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Channelling Crystal

The main, front face is large and seven sided. Its opposite, rear face is a smaller triangle. Seven indicates wisdom and mysticism. Three indicates understanding what previously appeared irreconcilable, by the introduction of another factor/deeper vision. This vision "surfaces" as the triangle is the manifestation of a surface from a line in geometric progression. The combination of the numbers 7 and 3 always indicates a movement (3) of wisdom (7).

"The channelling crystal provides for a means of channelling and expressing truth and wisdom from both the inner realms of perfection and other worlds. It is symbolic of the student, the professor, the mystic and the seeker of wisdom."

"The channelling crystal provides for a means of channeling and expressing truth and wisdom from both the inner realms of perfection and other worlds. It is symbolic of the student, the professor, the mystic and the seeker of wisdom.The channelling crystals can be used to access the wisdom from "within and without". They can be used to bring forth light and love from the most truthful and knowledgeable portions of the self. Sometimes there can be an encounter with other entities from whom one can learn; always check the information, given by the entity, with the personal inner knowing."  

This crystal facilitates a connection between our conscious mind and innate wisdom, as well as other planes of existence. The benefits of such an opportunity would be hard to exaggerate. Very potent, extremely easy to work with and relatively common crystals. Extremely useful for those who have a desire to develop their psychic abilities.


Crystals clustered on a common matrix. Encourages a sense of community, creating harmony and removing negativity from its environment, whether that is on a body or in a room. Also useful in cleansing and activating quartz and other minerals. Clusters sometimes contain many metaphysical configurations, all working together harmoniously. 

"Quartz clusters serve to bring the "group” energy of the associated crystal to the surrounding environment, enhancing harmony and peace in groups, in the family, and in other social and/or business environments.”

"The quartz crystal is the connection between the physical dimension and the dimensions of the mind. It can be used to communicate with minerals, plants, animals, and intelligent forces outside the physical dimension. In early times, when all things were thought to be parts of a greater living consciousness, the quartz crystal was believed to synchronize the individual and total consciousness with that of the heavens and advanced life-forms."

Cobalt Aura

Man-made. Molecules of pure cobalt are bonded to the quartz by the natural electric charge of the crystal, producing brilliant hues of royal blue, violet and gold. Cannot be scraped off. These incredibly beautiful crystals combine the qualities of cobalt and quartz, while allowing greater direction to be given to the energy of the cobalt via the ability of quartz to be programmed. An excellent stone for creativity, both removing blockages to creativity and enhancing creative powers. It is said to lift the emotions and instill a sense of wonder in the creation we are surrounded by, but so easily fail to appreciate. An intensely visual stone, promoting clairvoyance and all forms of "seeing". Stimulates the third eye.
Curved Quartz

This curved quartz formation is recognised as curvature of the whole crystal, causing it to bend slightly, or more commonly, curvature of individual sides in an otherwise straight crystal as in the picture. It is said to be caused by excessive amounts of energy being channelled by these crystals during their growth.

"In the Curved Quartz Crystal curvature is produced during the developmental stages of growth and is a rather rare occurrence. The structure of the curved crystal provides for a continuous (when in ones energy field) alignment of the physical meridians and the nervous system, and the alignment of the physical, emotional, mental, etheric, astral, etc., bodies, singularly and with one another.”

"The Curved Quartz Crystal emanates a gentle, but powerful energy, and can be used to cleanse the aura, promote flexibility in ones attitudes, and to provide strength to ones decisions. It allows one to see the inner workings of any situation. It has been used in the treatment of spinal dis-alignment.”

These stones smooth out any imbalances in the energy flow of the meridians and subtle bodies, enabling the body to re-establish a healthier, more balanced system. Its gentle but extremely powerful energy brings balance to all subtle bodies, singularly and with one another. This benefit extends to the meridians and nervous system. Helps us see beyond convention and break it appropriately. An uncommon and powerful healing tool.


Dendritic Quartz 

Recognised by the tree, plant or moss-like inclusions and are an excellent stone for those working with plants and wanting to gain a deeper understanding of their consciousness. The branching forms are usually manganese crystals, so these often also possess the properties of manganese.

"Manganese is a mineral of bonding, bringing others closer and activating the energies of cooperation in group efforts. Produces a grounding effect which balances the emotions and the physical body.”

The picture shows an exceptional tree form, but like with most formations, far humbler examples contain the same properties and energies.

It shares properties with Faden quartz, in that it aids in making connections, whether that is in physical healing or helping to access the higher self.

"Dendritic quartz facilitates closeness with nature and connection to the Earth Mother. It can be used to activate the chakras and to sustain the opening of the chakras to facilitate purity in the total connection to the higher consciousness.”

Double Terminated

Instead of growing from a matrix, double terminated stones grew from a central "seed", producing two points in opposite directions. Remarkable on its own, but these crystals are not only capable of structuring, storing, transmitting and amplifying diverse energies, the properties of quartz in general, but of producing their own energy, internally. This perfect, natural energy has an overwhelmingly positive effect on health. Simply carry or place in drinking water to produce a simple but effective gem elixir.

"Double terminated crystals can assist in providing one protection from mental and physical harm. Carrying a double terminated crystal can enable one to maintain ones energy shield. Excellent for astral projection and dreaming - place them under you pillow at night and they can increase and intensify the dream state. They are also excellent for use in meditation.”

Worn or carried the aura is intensified, providing subtle and physical protection. Ayurveda, the extremely sophisticated medical knowledge of ancient India, understands the aura to be the first wave of the immune system. The benefits of strengthening the aura are more tangible than most would imagine.

Double Terminated Clusters

Clusters of double terminated crystals with no matrix. These combine all the properties of clusters and double terminated crystals. A beautiful, powerful, relatively rare and extremely useful healing formation.

Dow Crystals

Dows are recognized as having 6 faces (as always), with 7-3-7-3-7-3 sides. 

Those interested in numerology will immediately recognize such a structure as significant. The most symmetrical and balanced of all the crystals they combine the properties of both channelling and transmitter crystals as well as exhibiting their own. The ultimate crystal for balancing energies and therefore healing the physical, mental and emotional bodies. In addition they also combine the qualities of 3 and 7 perfectly and harmoniously.

In looking at the qualities of these numbers we can receive much insight into understanding the potency of the geometry of crystals. In music, 7 notes span 3 octaves and 7 chakras. White light is divisible into 7 main colours (rainbow). 3 gunas ("modes" of consciousness in Vedic philosophy). 

Occasionally, the triangles of Dows are so tiny that they appear not to be there. However, as quartz must have 6 faces, and 2 of the 3 seven sided faces meet where only 5 faces can be counted, it is a mathematical impossibility for the triangle not to be there. Crystal geometry is never fickle. It is quite literally "set in stone".

"Dows combine the qualities of the transmitter and channelling crystal. It also provides for a continuous connective force between the holder of the crystal and "All That Is". It is the crystal for creativity and service to humanity through spiritual and mystical pursuits. It allows access to the records relating to each question or thought and, even without focusing, provides intuitive awareness in all situations".


Elestials are recognized by multi-terminations on the body and/or faces of a layered and/or etched crystal.

An elestial is far more complex, both energetically and geometrically, than a "single" crystal. If a point, a single "ordinary" crystal, is likened to a calculator, an elestial is a very complex computer. It appears that in their natural environment, they act to direct, focus and integrate the "ordinary" crystals in the "group" they direct. In their interaction with humans, they appear to be able to manifest that information, which at that time, is required in order for a person to take their next step in becoming more conscious. Elestials work to bring that which is needed within the grasp of the conscious mind. An enchanted crystal. They can help us remember our immortality, bringing heart and intellect together to recognize an all encompassing, intrinsic spiritual unity. The keyword to help understand these fascinating and mysterious crystals is integration, in its many connotations.

"The elestial can be used to stabilize brain wave frequencies and to ameliorate erratic and/or confused thoughts; it can further assist in producing an expanded state of awareness and an encouraging energy to speed one toward the light. It assists one in summoning vitality in order to produce advancement towards the eternal brilliance of the spiritual self."

"The elestial quartz crystal is recognized by natural multi-terminations over the body or face of an etched and/or layered crystal. The Elestial contains the absolute and ultimate essential wisdom and can provide for transfer of this insight to the physical intellect via the higher-self. The elestial can assist in activating and furthering the activities of the third-eye and can stimulate an increase in abilities associated with clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience.”


Enhydro is Greek for "water within". These are crystals that contain pockets of pure water, mysteriously trapped for hundreds of thousands of years, before pollution and contaminated water tables were even heard of. 

Water has been found in chalcedony, agate and quartz and is usually perceived by the presence of moving gas bubbles in the water. Veryoccasionally, there are pockets of water with no bubble but a tiny floating inclusion. It is also possible to have water pockets with neither bubbles or inclusions. While these are enhydros, they can be very difficult to identify as such. 

As water has always indicated the emotions in terms of the 4 elements (earth-body, water-emotions, air-mind,  fire-spirit), these crystals can have a profound effect on our emotional life. Water that cannot move becomes stagnated - as emotions that cannot be expressed stagnate. Enhydros contain water trapped for eons, but the water has remained clean and pure. The signature of these crystals indicates a protection and purification of the emotions.

The ease with which water accepts impressions from almost any source, as shown in the work of Dr Emoto and others, makes these crystals effortlessly programmable.

"Enhydros contain a life sustaining energy; initiating adaptability in situations which could, otherwise, become stressful...It is strength to help other minerals perform in the requisite manner."

"Enhydros also contain a life sustaining energy, initiating adaptability in situations which could, otherwise, become stressful...It is a strength to help other minerals perform in the requisite manner. This mineral can help one to put oneself in the shoes of another, and to recognize and understand the true feelings of that person.... The Enhydro assists in metamorphosis and continued change throughout all times, it provide for concentrated determination of both the acceleration and the ease of reformation of self.....In Healing, it is useful to have an Enhydro available; it assists in bringing the body to the state or specified condition that one is attempting to attain."

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Etched Quartz

Recognised by abrasions and/or intricate indentations, often forming patterns or textures.

"This etched formation has been used to facilitate contact and the transfer of information from the ancient Egyptian civilizations and from Lemuria and Atlantis …the markings contain information of experiences in which they have participated. They also contain information with respect to the healing methodology which has been proved successful over eons of time and throughout the universe. The etched quartz crystal is usually a personal meditation crystal …will be beneficial to ones personal development and/or will provide information which will assist one in helping another. The Etched quartz is usually a personal meditation crystal.”

Faden Quartz

Faden quartz have one or more milky, "feathery" thread lines, usually running edge to edge through the crystal. This is usually perpendicular to the growth of the crystal and is unique to Fadens. They are prized as the ultimate "connection" crystal, either with other people, entities, ideas or other dimensions.

Faden lines manifest primarily in tabular shaped crystals. "Tabbies" are understood to be the ultimate crystal for communication and information retrieval. The combination of Faden and tabby makes an extremely useful crystal for those with a desire to develop their psychic faculties and expand their realm of perception.
"The Faden is a stone that facilitates "mending" on all levels. A crystal of connection, stimulating and furthering connective forces between the self and that which is chosen as the recipient. A stone for finding ones complement on the physical plane, serving as a magnetic field to attract ones counterpart and to facilitate an unfathomable energy transfer between oneself and the other."

"Fadens provide for a continuous [when in ones energy field] alignment of the physical meridians and the nervous system, and for the alignment of the physical, emotional, mental, etheric, astral, etc., bodies, singularly and with one another.”

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Fairy Clusters

Fairy crystals are clusters of extremely fine, delicate, bright crystals. Sometimes hundreds in a couple of inches. There is no possibility of getting these any other way than very careful hand mining. The refinement they possess seems to lift the consciousness just far enough to be able to perceive our very close neighbours. They appear to emit "fairy" energy because their structural refinement resonates with that plane. If placed on the chakras, they cleanse and dissipate unwanted energies.

Unless otherwise stated, all quotes are from Love is in the Earth, by Melody.