A Phantom Quartz Crystal shows the clear delineation of another completed crystal inside the major crystal. Many times you will notice several (I’ve counted up to 30+ individual crystals housed in one) complete crystals inside one another.
In geological terms, the first quartz crystal stopped growing due to lack of mother, or SiO2 feed, solution. During this rest time, cave dust settled upon the original crystalline structure (i.e. quartz crystal). When the mother solution was reintroduced into the cave, rather than a new and separate crystal forming (the most common process), the mother solution reformed over the original crystal, entrapping the cave dust or dirt and giving the crystal a ghostly look, thus the name “phantom”. A secondary mineral may intrude into the once dormant solution adding a secondary mineral atop the original crystal formation. This occurrence creates a harmonic crystal representing both the quartz and the additional mineral. Lithium quartz is a prime example of this type of growth. This process of regeneration and rebirth, as we discover with Phantom Crystals, can happen many times within a single crystal.
9" x 7.75" x 4"