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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 tuning forks, gently but powerfully returning our bodies frequencies to a healthier, natural state. Quartz naturally balances 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 crystals heal, cleanses, balances and strengthen the chakras, resulting in physical, mental and emotional well-being as well as initiating and strengthening our innate intuitive abilities.
Brandberg Quartz Skeletal Sceptre

Activation QuartzGatewayKeySuper 7
Aqua AuraGeneratorLaser QuartzTabby
Auralite 23Golden EnhydroLemurian QuartzTangerine Quartz
BarnacleGolden HealerLithium QuartzTibetan Quartz
Brandberg QuartzGreen QuartzManifestationTitanium Aura
BridgeGroundingMongolian QuartzTransmitter
Candle QuartzGrowth InterferenceNegative ManifestationTrigonic
Cathedral QuartzHarlequinPhantomTwin
Celtic QuartzHerkimer Diamond      Amethyst PhantomWindow
ChannellingHimalayan Quartz      Chlorite Phantom
ClustersIncluded Quartz      Red Phantom
Cobalt Aura      Amethyst      White Phantom
Curved Quartz      Black TourmalinePinnacle Quartz
Dendritic Quartz      CarbonRainbow
Double Terminated      ChloriteRecord Keeper
DT Clusters      FluoriteReverse Sceptre Quartz
Dow      GoethiteRutilated Quartz
Elestial      GoldSceptre Quartz
Enhydro      IndicoliteSelf-Healed
Etched Quartz      Pyrite      Master Self-Healed
Faden Quartz      SnowballSkeletal Quartz
Fairy ClustersIsisSmokey Quartz
Key Crystal

Key Crystals

Key crystals are recognized by an indentation on the side or face of a crystal, usually, six-sided as it's a specific type of growth interference caused by another quartz crystal. They are used to gain access to information from which you are normally excluded. Healing concepts and elusive aspects of ourselves can be unlocked. Useful for healers and intuitive diagnostics.

"Used to unlock the "doors" to healing concepts and those aspects of the self which tend to be elusive. It also assists one in accessing that which is hidden in any situation".

Laser Quartz

Laser Quartz

Recognised as a relatively long and slender crystal. They are an excellent crystal for developing focus, especially in terms of meditation and intuition. Unsurprisingly, they make excellent wands and being quartz naturally resonate with the intention of the user.

"The use of laser wands during meditation facilitates the establishment of a finer communication with other worlds, the crystalline world, and the inner world of the self.

Laser wands often have unique etching and or/markings upon them. They were once used in the healing temples of Lemuria, the markings indicating the records of experiences "they have seen”. It can be used to clear an area of negativity, to create protective barriers and to beam healing energy to oneself or another.”

Lemurian Quartz

Lemurian Quartz   

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These extraordinary crystals are often referred to as Lemurian seed crystals because it is said that the ancient Lemurians "seeded” them with knowledge to be retrieved by those with the ability to do so. Lemuria existed in the distant past when humans expressed a highly elevated consciousness, analogous to the golden age, Satya Yuga, of Vedic chronology.

Working with these is said to give an awareness of the consciousness that pervaded Lemurian. They certainly have a distinct, bright and attractive energy.

Lemurian quartz has distinct horizontal striations (sometimes called bar codes), that often alternate; 3 smooth, 3 striated. They also often taper towards the point and sometimes form with a pink or golden shade. Found in a single location, the Sierra Do Cabral Mountain in Minas Gerais, Brazil, the legend says that they form a grid throughout the earth.

Used in all types of healing, meditation, intuitive and energy work with excellent results.

Lithium Quartz

Lithium Quartz

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Of the numerous stones used for crystal healing, many of the most effective and popular contain lithium, a light alkali metal. The most powerful lithium crystals available are lithium in quartz, as the quartz further amplifies its unique qualities.

Interestingly, lithium is produced naturally by the brain when we appreciate a beautiful sunset!

It is used pharmacologically as a class of mood stabilizing drugs, a neurological effect of the lithium ion Li+, used extensively to treat bipolar conditions. It is also prescribed as a preventive treatment for migraine and cluster headaches. Lithium hydroxide is the preferred air purifier in confined spaces like submarines and spacecraft. Lithium superoxide not only absorbs carbon dioxide but also releases oxygen. It is also an excellent conductor of electricity, has the highest specific heat of any solid element, therefore used in heat transfer applications, and is the lightest of all known metals. Number 3 in the periodic table, this is no ordinary substance and makes up only 0.0007% of the earth's crust.

Lithium in quartz is perhaps the most powerful balancing, anti-depressant and mood stabilizing stones available.

Manifestation Crystals

Manifestation Crystals

These are of two types of the prized, beautiful and mysterious Manifestation formation. One is where a crystal that previously bridged into a larger one, has become enclosed. The other where a DT literally grew within a larger crystal. The latter is seriously rare and the choice of the purist. Both are extremely beautiful with unique energies.

From a geometric point of view, they represent a "world within a world". They are used by mystics to help manifest desires on the physical plane.

"The Manifestation crystal is recognized by a small crystal totally enclosed within a larger crystal, and they are very rare. The use of the manifestation crystal requires the inner knowledge that one is a clear and perfect channel, that a pure white light provides the guiding way, and that the purity of the Divine is within the inner self. They can also be used to facilitate artistic creativity, creative thinking, agricultural pursuits, and to increase or decrease any aspect of one's life."

Mongolian Quartz

Mongolian Quartz

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This is obviously a location not a type, but as a relatively new find with a very distinctive mood, it warrants inclusion in any quartz properties list.

From around 2012 some extraordinary crystals have emerged from the remote regions of Inner Mongolia by small scale mines and individual miners. Some of the most unusual, energetic and genuinely mystical crystals ever to surface. From complex Sceptres to an essentially new quartz type, the blue-green dual-core, Mongolian quartz will find its place alongside the quartz aristocracy of Brandberg, Tibet and the Himalayas to become a must for those interested in the more esoteric aspects of crystals and healing.

The dual-core Mongolian has a uniquely alternating clear and purple core (seen top-right of the picture). The colour change is not the result of phantoms, but a hexagonal core that changes colour one or more times, every few centimetres. The exterior is unique, a blue-green refined elestiation with a tendency to form sceptres. It is translucent, glassy, "moist" and possesses an otherworldly geometric perfection and a satin sheen. The colour is a result of fine Hedenbergite inclusions.

"Hedenbergite when occurring with quartz and amethyst brings together the qualities of these minerals to produce a dynamic stone for meditation, healing and for telepathic endeavours.”

Dual-core Mongolians contain the properties of hedenbergite, green quartz, blue quartz, amethyst, sceptres, elestials, trigonics and record keepers.

Many crystals, Guerrero’s from Mexico for example, have been named warrior crystals, but none come close the mood possessed by Mongolian quartz. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Mongolia, are the marauding hoards of Genghis Khan, however, this all too obvious connotation is not the reason many have appreciated this new and distinctly energetic quartz.

The tendency to form Sceptres, both as the main feature, on the sides (when formed like candle quartz) and sometimes around the base combine with other masculine features to produce a crystal with the spirit of a spiritual warrior. 

Negative Manifestation

Negative Manifestation Quartz

A manifestation crystal is a crystal within a crystal. A negative manifestation crystal doesn’t refer to energetic properties, but the "negative” refers to a geological term best understood in terms of photography. This means that the internal "crystal” is actually hollow. These are often indistinguishable from "ordinary” manifestation crystals, apart from the occasional presence of a characteristic indentation on one side and/or a moving bubble.

Little is known or written about them, but they are one of the most magical (and rare) of all quartz formations. They point to an inner world and are prized by shaman and mystics.

Phantom Crystal

Phantom Crystals

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The "phantom" is caused by a pause in the crystals growth, leaving a partial or complete "phantom" within the crystal after it continued to grow. This pause in growth can last for thousands of years. The phantom usually appears as a fine white veil, but sometimes as a coloured mineral. The butterfly principle. Growth, apparent inactivity and rebirth. Out of limitation appears something of beauty. These amazing stones help us to see before, after, and the struggles in-between, as part of an evolutionary process. They help to instil a sense of "magic" many of us lost along the way. A valuable stone for the spiritual seeker, clearly showing how the inner is the foundation of the outer, subtle the foundation of the gross, spiritual the foundation of the material.

Amethyst Phantom

Amethyst Phantoms

"These crystals stimulate the recall of ones state just prior to birth; This information can be accessed for each of the beginnings of the life cycle. One can hence, gain information on the multitude of experience/lessons."

Chlorite Phantoms

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These are gorgeous phantoms, sometimes resembling vast green landscapes in miniature!

"These crystals [green phantoms] have been used to provide access to, and transfer of, information from the purity of the angelic realms. It assists in clairaudient endeavours, affording lucid, distinct, and articulate verbalization of the messages received...They combine the energy of quartz crystals with one of the most healing minerals...Chlorite is one of the most favourable healing stones. Worn, carried, placed within one's environment or used as an elixir, the properties of chlorite are overwhelmingly positive."

Red Phantom

Red Phantoms

"Red phantom quartz crystals additionally contain the properties of limonite, kaolinite and hematite. These crystals are rare. The red phantom is also used to stimulate the first 3 chakras, to combine the energies to produce highly recognizable vitality directed toward creativity, intellectual advancement and intuitive endeavours."

White Phantoms

White Phantoms

These phantoms often appear as gorgeous, translucent veils - a kind of holographic pyramid. As well as the general properties of the phantom, these posses an ability to instil a sense of wonder in the world around us. Helping us see old situations with new eyes. A wonderful crystal for the mystic and "seer".

Pinnacle Quartz

Pinnacle Quartz

In pinnacle quartz, the very tip of the crystal is slightly elongated.

It helps to open and strengthen the crown chakra and enhances all forms of intuition and perception.

"Pinnacle quartz opens and activates the crown chakra, and assists one to channel desire toward the "proper” goals, assisting one to adjust and to be comfortable in all situations. It further provides for a smooth transition from the beta state to the alpha level, where extra-sensory perception is stimulated.”

Rainbow Quartz

Rainbow Quartz

Rainbow crystals are usually recognized by prismatic fractures producing rainbows of colour within the crystal. Another type is where the contact side of two crystals growing side by side bit not merged as twins form a rainbow.

To see the positive in suffering is easily discussed, but usually achieved with difficulty and hindsight. As always this principle is displayed perfectly by nature, here in the rainbow quartz crystal. Some stress or violence caused fractures within what may have been a "perfect" stone. When the light contacts the fractures, instead of seeing imperfection, we see the mystery of white light separated into the seven colours of the rainbow.

"Rainbow crystals produce the full spectrum of colour, white light of healing and perfection being dispersed into the individual rays of the rainbow; this dispersion facilitates the use of the rainbow crystal on any and all chakras... Crystals containing these internal fractures have certain prismatic effects which produce powerful rainbows within the crystal, giving additional energy which is lacking in a "crystal clear" specimen."

The new energies made available by these colours can be used in healing any or all of the chakras.

Record Keeper

Record Keepers

Recognised by a slightly raised triangle or triangles on the side or face of the quartz crystal. Sometimes the triangles are fairly deep and "3D", though often they are almost flat to the crystal face. These rare formations are said to possess information from bygone cultures, specifically Atlantis.

"Crystals which have small pyramid-shaped marking on one or more facets which designates them as record-keepers. A crystal within which wisdom is stored. It is thought that when one properly attunes with this crystal, the ancient knowledge and profound secrets of the universe can be psychically retrieved. They have been consciously and purposefully programmed by the beings who created the energies which have culminated in the actualization of life on this plane, and by their direct descendants [e.g., the Atlanteans and Lemurians]."

Reverse Sceptre

Reverse Sceptre Quartz

These are recognised by stepping (as opposed to tapered quartz) that creates a narrowing towards the tip.

They are an uncommon and energetic metaphysical tool suited to focused meditation, energy work and developing the crown chakra.

"Reverse Quartz Sceptres activate the same properties [as Sceptres] and further, serve to return the healing energy to the user. It can also be used to induce a state of mind which is free of impressions. It allows one to see the duality of one's nature, rectifying the negative and building the positive. It can produce deep silence interspersed with visions of the luminous terrain of the crown chakra."

Rutilated Quartz

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"Rutilated quartz intensifies the power of the quartz crystal. It combines the qualities of quartz with those of rutile and sagenite."

"Rutile, when found within another crystalline form, brings strength with love, ease in transition, growth in all avenues of one's development, calm, reason, and order. Rutile is used for healing and balancing the aura via repelling negative energy. It assists one in getting to the root of a problem. It is a stone for stabilizing relationships, marriages, mental processes, and emotional and physical imbalances."

"Sagenite is a "stone of wisdom". It helps one to be judicious in one's experiences and to gain insight into the inner being without being required to repeat onerous situations. It provides acute mental discernment and enhancement of the practical side of one's nature. It encourages deliberate action via the exquisite art of kindness. Removes "muddy" areas from the aura." 

Sceptre Quartz

Sceptre Quartz

Recognised by stepping out to a wider head. Those with a widening is on all 6 sides are considered the best, but even if this doesn’t occur on all sides, it is still considered a sceptre.

Sceptres are essentially masculine in energy and are best suited to positive, assertive projections, as opposed to the natural receptivity of crystals that resonate more with the feminine principle. An example of where this might be useful would be for a person or situation where assertion and more personal power were appropriate.

"Sceptres were used in Atlantis and Lemuria in healing ceremonies and were a symbol of the power of the realm; those who carried or wore a Sceptre Crystal were in the position of high priest/priestess. The sceptre brings the spirituality of the higher planes into the healing ceremonies and focuses the energy deep with the heart of the matter. It is an excellent configuration for transmission of directional energy.”

Self-Healed Crystal


Recognized by crystalline structures appearing where a crystal was previously broken.

Having learned to heal itself, these crystals can reveal this knowledge to someone in the process of healing themselves or others. Crystals in general and self-healed quartz, in particular, are insistent on trying to teach us that nothing is ever too late, or too damaged to reach the state of inherent perfection. Very useful and potent crystals.

"The self-healed crystal, having learned to heal itself, can lend this knowledge to the user and can share the experience of self-healing. One may use the crystal for the healing of the self or in "crystal healing" of another person".

"This crystal takes situations, which appear to be devastating, and helps them to fulfil themselves - utilizing the law of the perfect order of the universe and the creativity of natural completion".

Master Self-Healed

Master Self-Healed

A fascinating and extremely rare formation. At some point, this crystal was essentially in two pieces but stayed in close enough proximity to re-join.

A slight (occasionally pronounced) change of angle at the fracture point, cloud band and layering over the old wound all indicate the master self-healed formation, but identification may be difficult for those not familiar with the formation.

Sometimes a crystal is fractured vertically, a split into left and right. This is also master self-healed - vertical master self-healed - and is no less wonderful as the more recognised type. Often the two surface areas that need to heal are far larger making it even more miraculous.

"Another type of self-healed crystal is one which has been broken (exhibiting the break in the horizontal plane, or close to the horizontal strata), with the break being healed and the crystal structure being again complete. This crystal is the master crystal in the art of self-healing".

Skeletal Quartz

Skeletal Quartz (Fenster)

Skeletal is commonly used as a synonym for elestial, but while sharing some of its defining and metaphysical properties; it is a distinct quartz formation. Most elestials are not skeletal.

Skeletal quartz is characterized by geometric depressions (and therefore raised patterning), which produce pronounced external etching and internal cavities. These internal spaces combine to give an overall skeletal appearance. The edges grew more quickly than the faces, so the edges stand out like the frames of a window. Crystals that grow very quickly often develop skeletal growth forms.

Skeletal quartz allows for deeper vision, clairvoyance and access to the inner working of things. It is an excellent stone for the shaman and mystic, who have utilized its properties for journeying. It possesses the properties of the elestial and gateway formations.

Smokey Quartz

Smokey Quartz

The presence of sodium in clear quartz creates smokey quartz. While clear quartz (especially that with rainbows) is used on all chakras, the smokey variety, as with all dark/blackish stones is generally associated with the base chakra. It is therefore useful in removing blockages to physical energy in relation to fear and it's foundations. This can often be earlier negative experiences. If these are of a sexual nature, treatment of the base chakra is doubly indicated. However, the varied combinations that smokey's are available in, from elestials to enhydros, must also be considered in determining its effects.

This crystal is useful in helping dissolve negative energy produced by the mind. Balancing and cleansing of the meridians and subtle bodies are enhanced. The energy of smokey quartz is receptive and it is a mood elevator. It is said to overcome depression and other negative emotions. It is said to dissolve energy fields which have been generated from negative thought forms, anger and resentment. It is prolonged, intense and gentle in its action on the higher levels such as meditation, simply holding the stone will suffice. Provides for balancing the yin-yang energy. As sodium is said to produce smokey quartz, it is said to facilitate the regulation of liquids within the body and can produce a state of equilibrium within the body with respect to minerals.

When there is a distinct delineation between clear and smokey, "the combination of smokey/clear quartz with a very definite separation", "has produced a melding of the properties of smokey and clear quartz. It has also been used to assist one in matters of discrimination and in the delineation of those actions required in one's life to facilitate the furtherance of objectives in any situation. The smokey acts to ground the energies of the clear quartz, promoting ease of energy application. This combination has an enhanced energy."

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


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