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So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with particularly when this relates to the Quartz family. It is the look, feel, vibration and markings that assist. If in doubt, ask the dealer. (See also identifying crystals: white).

The Quartz Family

Quartz cluster c. Michael Illas Earth Blessings

Quartz cluster c. Michael Illas Earth Blessings

AnandaliteTM (Aurora Quartz)

Anandalite

c. Judy Hall

Small crystals on a maxtrix, Anandalite displays a naturally iridescent coating when turned in the light. Colour flash may vary from green, blue, red and brown.

Cathedral Quartz

Cathedral Quartz

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Multi-terminated clear Quartz.

Crackle Quartz

Crackle Quartz

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Thermally treated crackles effect within a tumbled or shaped stone.

Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

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Crackled Quartz but the underlying crystal is of a very high vibration. Feel the difference!

Ice Quartz

Ice Quartz

 Looking very like a piece of ice cracked out of a frozen lake, transparent Ice Quartz is sharply pointed and ridged.

Faden Quartz

Faden Quartz

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Faden Quartz has a break or breaks that have healed. Flat bladed crystals form either side.

Herkimer Diamond

Herkimer Diamond

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Water-clear, absolutely bright and full of rainbows, double-terminated Herkimer Diamond is unmistakable.

Lemurian Seed

Lemurian Seeds have ladderlike markings on alternate faces of the transparent crystal.

Lemurian Starbrary Quartz

Starbrary Crystals have characteristic glyphs incised into one or more faces of the transparent crystal.

Columbian Lemurian Seed

Columbian Lemurian Seed

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Transparent and extremely clear, high vibration Columbian Lemurians may or may not exhibit the characteristic Lemurian ‘ladder’ on the sides.

Russian Lemurian Sacred Scribe

Russian Lemurian Sacred Scribe

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Transparent to slightly cloud Russian Lemurian Sacred Scribe are extremely high vibration but may or may not exhibit the characteristic ladder markings on the sides.

Lightbrary Quartz

Lightbrary Quartz

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Lighbrary crystals are transparent to translucent and encode information within their many terminations and glyphs.

Lightning Strike Quartz

Lightning Strike Quartz has literally been struck by lightning, creating a characteristic streak down one or more parts of the crystal as the crystalline structure was naturally reheated and cooled.

Manifestation Quartz

Manifestation Quartz

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A Manifestation Quartz has one or more individual separately grown crystals enclosed within the main body of the crystal.

Clear Brandenberg Amethyst

Clear Brandenberg Amethyst

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Water-clear white Brandenberg Amethyst may well have characteristic bubbles, planes and phantoms within it. Despite appearing to be white, it also carries Amethyst and Smoky Quartz vibrations.

Trigonic Quartz

Downward-facing triangles etched into one or more facets of a clear Quartz crystal characterise a Trigonic Quartz.

Metamorphosis Quartz

Metamorphosis Quartz

Oily and pearlescent, Metamorphosis Quartz.

White Amethyst

c. Judy Hall

c. Judy Hall

At the time of writing, White Amethyst is appearing on the market. Its source is apparently South America. It varies considerably in appearance and quality. I ordered mine after seeing a stunning and very pure high vibration piece a member of my crystal group had obtained in America. Mine came via China and doesn’t have quite have the same feel. Hopefully more to come on this shortly when I’ve obtained one of the American-sourced pieces.

White Amethyst in situ http://www.trekearth.com

White Amethyst in situ http://www.trekearth.com

Other Clear Crystals

Apophyllite

c. Michael Illas Crystal Companion

c. Michael Illas Crystal Companion

Transparent, pyramidal crystals which may be double terminated. If in doubt place on the third eye, it will pop open if you are holding an Apophyllite!

White Calcite

c. Michael Illas Crystal Companion

c. Michael Illas Crystal Companion

Very pure and beautiful, White Calcite is slightly more oily and silky looking than Quartz. It can take various forms.

Clear Selenite

Clear Selenite

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Clear Selenite exhibits the same ribbed appearance as White Selenite but is transparent. It quickly dissolves in water.

Fishtail (Angels’ Wing) Selenite

Image: http://www.treasuremountainmining.com

Image: http://www.treasuremountainmining.com

The picture says it all, Fishtail Selenite is pure and transparent and resembles nothing more than the scales of a fish.

Phenacite

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Either water-clear or translucent, high vibration Phenacite is one to identify by feel and effect. It lifts the mind and spirit to a very high, clear space.

Petalite

Petalite c. Judy Hall

c. Judy Hall

Clear to milky, Petalite is another crystal to identify by feel. Place it in the crown chakra to check. If you feel uplifted to another plane and make contact with angelic beings, it’s Petalite.

Pollucite

Pollucite c. Michael Illas Crystal Companion

c. Michael Illas Crystal Companion

Delicate Pollucite has a very ethereal look and feel, as though dancing on air. It looks like crumpled mist that is just solidifying.

Barite

Barite

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 Thin bladed transparent crystals cluster together on a matrix.

White Beryl (Goshenite)

Beryl crystals on matrix  c. Michael Illas Crystal Companion

Beryl crystals on matrix
c. Michael Illas Crystal Companion

Water-clear colourless Beryl is often faceted as a gemstone but may be available as a tumbled or natural hexagonal crystal.