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".
Amethyst crystal from cluster, with point part-polished to reveal darker Amethyst phantoms within the termination. The crystal has some small iron...
Amethyst crystal from cluster, with point part-polished to reveal darker Amethyst phantoms within the termination. Size 5.5 x 3.25 x 2.25 cm
Amethyst crystal from cluster, with point part-polished to reveal darker Amethyst phantoms within the termination. The crystal has a few dots and...
Amethyst crystal from cluster, with point part-polished to reveal darker Amethyst phantoms within the termination. Size 4.25 x 3.25 x 2.75 cm
Amethyst crystal from cluster, with point part-polished to reveal darker Amethyst phantoms within the termination. One unpolished face show signs of...
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 - clear quartz cluster with some pale amethyst phantoms. The amethyst is very pale and mainly near the terminations. There are a few...
Brandburg quartz - clear quartz cluster on ground mass, with pale amethyst phantoms. The main crystal has an excellent termination with a very...
Brandburg quartz - with clear quartz, amethyst and smoky quartz in a single sceptre crystal. The base, stem and centre of the crystal is clear...
This Madagascan chunk of pale smoky quartz has pale traces of lilac amethyst, and has been polished off to reveal a lovely deep Fire (harlequin)...
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 - pale smoky double terminated crystal with amethyst and smoky phantoms and some deeper smoky areas within. Some stepping to the...
Brandburg quartz - double terminated amethyst and smoky quartz crystal, with a large enhydro bubble near the main termination. Both terminations have...
Brandburg quartz - smoky skeletal crystal. There are deeper smoky quartz phantoms throughout the crystal, with a hint of amethyst in its centre along...
Brandburg quartz - large crystalline piece of skeletal smoky quartz with beautiful sides and faces exhibiting unusual stepped and inset markings with...
This smoky quartz point has some pale amethyst aspects, and has been polished to reveal the skeletal formation inside. The smoky quartz also forms...
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 - incomplete sceptre formation with deep smoky and amethyst phantoms. Veiling with air and water inclusions within. Size 4 x 2.3 x...