Growth, Rest and Rebirth. Phantoms in quartz give you the unique ability to see the growth history of the piece. Phantoms occur when the crystal takes a rest during its growth, and then begins to grow once again. Sometimes these pauses can last thousands of years. The 'ghosting' effect marks the point of rest. A crystal can rest once, or can have many stops and starts, which will be indicated by each new 'line' of ghosting within the crystal. In certain conditions, a coating of a secondary mineral may settle upon the surface of the resting crystal, a good example of this is in the top right piece, which has a coating of Chlorite within. Phantom crystals are highly spiritual stones and are symbolic of the cycle of Life.
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