Five Crystals I've Discovered Recently
A look into the less common crystals on the market
Crystals are absolutely stunning pieces that reflect how intricate and diverse earth is. Of course, I have my long-standing favorites out there, but recently I've been blown away at new crystals I've just now discovered. Here are five gorgeous pieces I've seen circulating recently.
1. Fire and Ice Quartz/ Crackle Quartz
A fun fact: I actually caved and got this one today. Once you see a picture of these guys, you'll understand. It looks like there are pieces of broken quartz inside the crystal itself, almost like a spiderweb. From my experience, the fire and ice name comes into place whenever the crystal reflects a red or blue color. This varies depending on the individual piece. Mine reflects a rainbow color, almost like oil on water. The inside view of the quartz is interesting, and the added wow factor of the reflection really sells itself.
2. Phantom Amethysts
The original name on mine reads Terminated Amethyst featuring phantoms and rainbows. So, let's break that down. The crystal is terminated, meaning that it has one point. These can also be referred to as wands or towers, depending on the seller. It has phantoms in it. Essentially, some quartz developed over the preexisting amethyst. These added minerals appear in a mirage-like state inside the crystal, thus the name phantom. The rainbows are pretty self-explanatory, but basically, the crystal will reflect a prism of colors. It's so interesting to learn all the logistics behind crystal identification. Amethysts are a staple in the semi-precious stone world. Seeing them in different variations reminds me of how variegated these minerals really are.
Believe it or not, I have just been made aware of these guys a few months ago. Yes, the rock I live under has air conditioning. These crystals come in a variety of colors, making them very versatile on the market. Lavender and sunset labradorite exist, but the most common form I've seen is the standard blue iteration. I can understand why they are called the Northern Lights crystal. Blue labradorites will often reflect an electric blue and mint green color when held up to the light. The saturated colors on these guys make them one of the most show-stopping crystals to me.
4. Rutilated Quartz
These quartz have a special place in my heart. They have distinctive and reflective hair-thin strands running along the interior of the stone. These thread-like minerals can shine in red, black, bronze, and silver colors. A majority of the time, the rutile is gold. So many points of light are passed from strand to strand, making this crystal sparkle. Do yourself a favor, and google "rutilated quartz sphere." You'll find the beautiful, forbidden bowling ball. In all seriousness, these crystals are breath-taking and a true testament to the complexity of mineral formation. They can be hard to find in tumbles, so keep an eye out!
5. Prehnite with Epidote
Prehnite with epidote is a crystal I have also just discovered. It's become an instant favorite of mine. The contrast of the light green and the black epidotes really make the crystal unique. Just like rutilated quartz, prehnite with epidote is packed with various mineral developments. I love how layered these pieces are.
Crystals come in an array of shapes, colors, and sizes. The term itself can be used to encompass many different minerals found in the world. A majority of the time, the finished product can look completely different from the original piece. That being said, the similar traits existing in specific crystals can resonate with consumers, leading to a wave of popularity. These are some of the crystals I've encountered recently that I wholeheartedly love.