These pages contain all our amethysts that contain or have formed in what is known as a "phantom" formation. It is true to say that usually any phantoming within amethyst are also likely to be of the quartz family - generally clear or smoky quartz, or sometimes citrine.
Phantom formations are used to describe crystals that show lines, layering or "ghosts" within them. These might be of a completely different mineral than that of its host if a new mineral has been temporarily introduced into the seed / feed solution during the crystal's growth; or it may be as a consequence of changes or mutations to the minerals within the usual feed solution; or it may be that changes have occurred to conditions that affect the crystal's growth within the earth surrounding the mineral, such as increased /decreased heat or pressure.
The fact that layers are formed is symbolic and points to the crystal being of use when dealing with buried or layered issues, or when accessing information that occupies a different level of reality, time or dimension. Just as the phantom shows the crystal's history, so too can it show our past to us.
To read more about the different forms and formations of minerals and their uses, you may like to return to our main site and to the pages under the dropdown heading "Crystal Directories".
This little gem of a crystal has a lovely clarity, the lower part being clear quartz, the upper a nice deep amethyst in a phantom layer. It been...
This little gem has everything! Basically it is a polished pale amethyst crystal, with lovely deeper amethyst and smoky phantoms. It has a skeletal...
Polished amethyst point, probably a skeletal formation before polishing, with very nice layered / phantom aspects and fine deep colour and clarity at...
Brandburg quartz - double terminated amethyst with a bridge, and with air and water inclusions and veiling. The terminations are very clean, with...
Brandburg quartz - pale lilac amethyst phantoms within lovely clear quartz. Stepped sides, tiny air inclusions and a nice time link all add to the...
Brandburg quartz - pale lilac amethyst phantoms within clear quartz, with hints of smoky quartz and hematite - some in platy formations, some in dots...
Brandburg quartz - elestiated and skeletal double terminated cluster of amethyst crystals. The main crystal has skeletal markings on one face and...
Brandburg quartz - amethyst crystal cluster with unusual layering of double terminated, skeletal and sceptre crystals. These have beautiful deep...
Brandburg quartz - phantom sceptre cluster of pale amethyst, clear and milky quartz with darker amethyst and smoky phantoms. There are also some...
Brandburg quartz - amethyst crystal cluster with nice clear single terminated crystals around base and two secondary crystals - one with amethyst...
This pale amethyst has deeper amethyst and smoky phantoms, and was once part of a skeletal / elestial double terminated cluster - part of which is...
This little gem has everything: it is a lilac amethyst, with deeper amethyst and smoky phantoms, with an inner skeletal formation. It has various...
Brandburg quartz - pale amethyst and smoky double terminated crystal that has deep smoky and darker amethyst phantoms within. The faces and sides are...
Brandburg quartz - pale amethyst crystal in partial sceptre and skeletal formation, with nice deep smoky and amethyst phantom layers, along with...
Brandburg quartz - pale smoky and clear quartz with pale lilac amethyst within. The base shows sceptre characteristics, and the faces create a...
Brandburg quartz - amethyst sceptre formation with deep smoky markings in etched skeletal phantom layers. The termination is clear amethyst and in...
Brandburg quartz - a beautiful example of an amethyst skeletal crystal, with very visible and deep etchings and layers. The crystal has a good...
Double terminated amethyst and smoky quartz phantom crystal whose surfaces have been polished to reveal its layers of purple amethyst colouring. One...