Last week we talked about how Phantoms are formed in Quartz crystals . This week we are going to discuss two variations of Phantoms found in Arkansas. These are: 1. Gas Phantoms and 2. Reverse Phantoms (also called Overcoat Quartz and Snow Quartz).
We’ll start with Gas Phantoms.
Initially, I was introduced to these beautiful crystals as “Titanium Gas Phantoms”. There is a lot of controversy as to what creates them and if titanium is even involved. I choose to call them simply Gas Phantoms. The mine where they were found in Arkansas is now closed, and, as far as I know, they don’t plan to re-open it.
The faces of Gas Phantoms have a sort of gaseous-looking spray that looks like spreading fingers from bottom to top. These gassy-looking markings occur inside the crystal. The spray looks like a bluish-grey to white haze or smoke just under the surface and the sides tend to have this smoky haze as well. The really good examples have the spray marking as well as alternating clarity on every other face: one with a light, blue-grey haze (sometimes with a spray), the next clear, one with haze, one clear, etc. I don’t have a really good picture of the alternating ‘clarity/fog’, but here’s a good picture of the “sprays”.
Gas Phantoms usually also have heavy etching on the faces, but not always. It is my guess that whatever causes the gassy-looking ‘sprays’ just beneath the surface causes the outer layer of the crystal to be a little thinner/weaker, which subsequently causes this characteristic etching, but like I said, this is a guess. Whatever causes it, it lends a distinctly different energy to these special crystals along with the gassy-looking sprays. Here are a few pictures of what I mean by etching:
And here is a side-by-side of the etching and the sprays together:
My friend Smadar at Song of Stones has the most brilliant description of Gas Phantoms and the great lengths she went to to identify how these crystals might have been formed and what mineral might have caused the sprays. She came to the same conclusion as I, that the name or scientific explanation of how these crystals were created isn’t important at all, in comparison to the beauty that they ARE. They simply ARE. Here is the brilliant link to her research on what these crystals are called (do they actually contain titanium as the name originally indicated, or…?) and here is a lovely description of her discovery of the Gas Phantoms and a description of their unique energy by Kyanne Eastman as well as some of her own input.
Gas Phantoms are excellent crystals for Lightworkers and those working with the emerging earth energies. I can’t say enough how much I love these crystals! While they feel very powerful, their energy is gentle and buttery smooth and they have a soft feel (both physically and energetically). I hope you have the opportunity to work with one of these beautiful Lightworker stones.
OK. That’s all I have on Gas Phantoms and up next is
REVERSE PHANTOMS, OVERCOAT CRYSTALS, SNOW QUARTZ
These interesting crystals are known by different names. I prefer to call them Overcoat crystals or Reverse Phantoms, because they seem to be the most accurately descriptive of the terms. Snow quartz I prefer the least, because it can easily be confused with snowy quartz, which is densely milky quartz.
So then, what are Reverse Phantoms? The only ones I have seen are crystal points (or clusters) with a layer of milky quartz coating a very clear crystal point inside. The outermost layer of snow-colored quartz has a very thin layer of clear quartz sealing it in. It is described as a rare crystal variety usually found in Colorado, but the ones to which I am referring come from a couple of mines in Mt. Ida, Arkansas.
The following crystals are very interesting. When I was first introduced to them, I didn’t know what they were, and the mine owner I got them from wasn’t sure, either. He called them simply “ivory crystals” and didn’t really know anything about the mineralogy of them.
While checking one of my books (about something quite off subject, of course) I FOUND a description of this crystal!
In Rockhounding Arkansas (a book by Darcy and Mike Howard) paraphrased:
They are apparently a type of reverse phantom… a “creamy white layer of milky quartz” that formed on the OUTSIDE of clear quartz. Mike Howard, a geologist, states in this book that Art Smith (author of Collecting Arkansas Minerals), another geologist friend of his, said that these were usually only found in Colorado, but they have since been found in at least two places in Arkansas. Art called them “Snow Crystals” but Mike preferred “Overcoat Quartz”.
And, similar to the Gas Phantoms, I figure whatever you call them, they are beautiful and they have a wonderful energy. The energy is soft and subtle. I have had at least one of these Reverse Phantoms which, when held in between cupped hands, felt like a small bird lightly nestled there, breathing and lightly fluttering. The energy in all of them is similar to this: soft and delicate and rich.
Physically, the characteristics I have found almost all of them to have is that the insides are very very water clear (you can look up through most of the bases, or if there is any mine damage or imprints, you can see through the milky coating to reveal the insides. The other thing is that they all have lots of rainbows. Both on the inside, as well as on the outer layers of the faces, an iridescent sheen.
Gas Phantoms and Reverse Phantoms, two lovely, rare crystal formations which are a must-have in any crystal lovers’ family.
This ends our discussion about the different ways a phantom might present in quartz crystal. Next week we’ll talk about Rainbows and revisit Mirror Fractures (from the post on Fairy Frost and Mirror Fractures because Rainbows often present on Mirror Fractures).
Here is a recap of the past posts featuring the metaphysical configurations and links to where you might find these various crystal configurations if you decided you might like to work with them:
OTHER PHANTOMS: GAS PHANTOMS purchase Gas Phantom crystal OVERCOAT/SNOW/REVERSE PHANTOMS purchase Overcoat crystal read blog post
PHANTOM CRYSTALS (Access Past Lives, Embody Patience) purchase Phantom crystal read blog post
MANIFESTATION CRYSTAL (Assistance with Attaining Desires) purchase Manifestation crystal read blog post
LINEATED FACE CRYSTAL (To Reach Deeper Levels in Meditation) purchase Lineated Face crystal read blog post
LINEATED SIDE CRYSTAL (To Access Deeper Understanding) purchase Lineated Side crystal read blog post
LASER WAND (For Extremely Precise Energy Direction) purchase Laser Wand read blog post
ISIS FACE (Connect with Goddess Energy) purchase Isis Face crystal read blog post
INCLUSIONS (Minerals Trapped Within Crystal During Growth) purchase Included crystal read blog post
KEYS and IMPRINTS (Answers to questions and Adapt During Growth) purchase Key purchase Imprint read blog post
GROWTH INTERFERENCE (A Lesson in Adaptation) purchase GROWTH INTERFERENCE read blog post
GOLDEN HEALERS (for healing applications) purchase GOLDEN HEALER read blog post
GENERATOR or MERLIN CRYSTALS (For precise, direct, focused energy) purchase GENERATOR or MERLIN read blog post
FEMININE, MASCULINE & YIN/YANG CRYSTALS (An anatomy lesson) purchase FEMININE purchase MASCULINE purchase YIN/YANG read blog post
FAIRY FROST & MIRROR FRACTURES (To connect us to Nature Spirits and to care for Mother Earth) purchase crystal with FAIRY FROST read blog post
FADEN CRYSTALS (For astral travel or connecting) purchase FADEN crystal read blog post
E.T. CRYSTALS (Access otherworldly beings or boost distant healing) purchase E.T. crystal read blog post
ETCHED CRYSTALS and SACRED SIGILS (Surface features with special energies.) purchase ETCHED crystal purchase SIGIL crystal read blog post
EMPATHIC CRYSTALS (To bring out and amplify compassionate feelings.) purchase EMPATHIC crystal read blog post
ELESTIAL or ELESTIATED CRYSTAL (To connect with angelic energies.) purchase ELESTIAL crystal read blog post
EIGHT-SIDED FACE / GROUNDING CRYSTALS (Any time you need to refocus and ground.) purchase EIGHT-SIDED FACE or GROUNDING crystal read blog post
DRUSY (To assist with ideas or thought forms ready to spring forth and grow such as thoughts or dreams, desires or wishes.) purchase DRUSY read blog post
DOW or TRANS-CHANNELER CRYSTALS (For divine balance, and a connection with the self and Universal Truth.) Note: Dow crystals are rare, and I don’t always have very many of them. Sometimes the ones I have are Dow by count (7-3-7-3-7-3) but have one large 7-sided face (present as a Channeler) or two large 7-sided faces and one small 7 (present as a Transmitter). If you order one, I will let you know at time of purchase what I have available. purchase DOW or TRANS-CHANNELER crystal read blog post
DOUBLE TERMINATED CRYSTALS (Useful in any application in which you want the energy to flow in both directions) purchase DOUBLE TERMINATED crystal read blog post
DOLPHIN CRYSTAL (To encourage teaching in a loving, fun, joyful way, or alternately, to assist one to enjoy learning) purchase Dolphin crystal read blog post
CURVED CRYSTAL (To assist with flexibility “go with the flow” or to cleanse or brush your aura) purchase CURVED crystal read blog post
CLUSTER CRYSTAL (Raise the vibration in an environment or to assist with group dynamics) purchase crystal CLUSTER read blog post
CATHEDRAL or LIGHTBRARY CRYSTAL (Raise your vibrational frequency or access Akashic Records) purchase CATHEDRAL or LIGHTBRARY crystal read blog post
CHANNELER or CHANNELING CRYSTAL (To access higher wisdom, guides, other-world beings) purchase CHANNELER crystal read blog post
BRIDGE or INNER CHILD CRYSTAL (To help Bridge between worlds or help to access your innermost self) purchase BRIDGE or purchase INNER CHILD read blog post
BARNACLE QUARTZ CRYSTAL (Wise energy; ‘new souls’ attracted to ‘old soul’ energy) purchase BARNACLE read blog post
See you next week for Rainbows and Mirror Fractures.