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 smoky quartz point has some pale amethyst aspects, and has been polished to reveal the skeletal formation inside. The smoky quartz also forms...
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 - double terminated amethyst and smoky quartz crystal, with a large enhydro bubble near the main termination. Both terminations have...
Brandburg quartz - a beautiful example of an amethyst skeletal crystal, with very visible and deep etchings and layers. The crystal has a good...
This little gem has everything! Basically it is a polished pale amethyst crystal, with lovely deeper amethyst and smoky phantoms. It has a skeletal...
Very pale lilac amethyst, probably once part of a larger skeletal crystal, that has been cut and polished into a classic flame shape. Lower part nice...
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 - amethyst sceptre formation with deep smoky markings in etched skeletal phantom layers. The termination is clear amethyst and in...
Brandburg quartz - smoky skeletal crystal. There are deeper smoky quartz phantoms throughout the crystal, with a hint of amethyst in its centre along...
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...
Brandburg quartz - clear quartz cluster with some pale amethyst phantoms. The amethyst is very pale and mainly near the terminations. There are a few...
Brandburg quartz - smoky quartz skeletal sceptre crystal, with smoky quartz phantoms throughout, on a clear quartz base and stem. There is also a...
Brandburg quartz - large crystalline piece of skeletal smoky quartz with beautiful sides and faces exhibiting unusual stepped and inset markings with...
Brandburg quartz - amethyst crystal cluster with unusual layering of double terminated, skeletal and sceptre crystals. These have beautiful deep...
Brandburg quartz - with clear quartz, amethyst and smoky quartz in a single sceptre crystal. The base, stem and centre of the crystal is clear...
Brandburg quartz - elestiated and skeletal double terminated cluster of amethyst crystals. The main crystal has skeletal markings on one face and...
Double terminated amethyst and smoky quartz phantom crystal whose surfaces have been polished to reveal its layers of purple amethyst colouring. One...
Brandburg quartz - amethyst crystal cluster with nice clear single terminated crystals around base and two secondary crystals - one with amethyst...