Quartz Crystals Explained
Written By Liz Oakes
The quartz formations do have a bearing on the properties of a particular crystal.
This may be helpful for you to know when you are weighing up which specific crystal to buy.
The quartz type has a real relationship to how they can help you.
Quartz Crystals Explained: the crystal configurations are a very important part of how they may work to aid your healing.
The metaphysical properties of quartz are mostly related to the crystal type.
But in addition the way that the stone is configured and its habits, will have a strong bearing on how its properties benefit you.
The Various Quartz Formations
There are a large number of different quartz formations, and these are covered below.
The quartz formations are explained simply with an image of a real crystal to illustrate each of the configurations.
Many of them may be known by more than one name, as various authors have given these configurations their own specific names, when they discuss their metaphysical attributes and healing properties.
Where possible I have tried to detail the most common names that are
used, when I discuss them in the in-depth section about each of the
So you may find that various quartz formations have an alternative name, and if you are seeking information on a specific name you may find it discussed in one of the sections under another name as it may have more than one name.
More and more of these crystals are being discovered and brought out of the earth, and by people who love the earth and bring them out with care.
Once you discover their very special characteristics you can use them to aid your healing.
Quartz Formations List: Part One
As were too many quartz configurations on this list, so I divided them into two sections. The stones in the first list below are covered in detail on this page.
Quartz Formations List Part One:
Activation Quartz aka Time Link Portal, Barnacle Crystal, Beta Quartz, Bridge, Burr, Candle Quartz, Cathedral aka Lightbrary, Channelling aka Initiation Crystals, Crater Crystals, Cross Quartz, Crystal Balls or Spheres, Devic, Dolphin Crystals, Double Terminated, Elestial Quartz, Empathic Warrior, Enhydro, Etched Quartz, Extra Terminations aka ET, Faden Quartz, Fairy Crystals, Fenster, Generator and Geode.
Quartz Formations List: Part Two
The second list is the second half of the list of quartz formations. The list was split into two sections, with the meanings of the formations in the list above on this page, and the meanings of the stones in the part below on another page.
This is to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for. To read about the formations in the table for Part 2 (below) click here to go to the other page.
Quartz Configurations or Formations List Part two:
Grounding, Growth Interference Quartz, Isis, Japan Law Twin, Key Quartz, Laser Wand, Lemurian Seed Crystals, Manifestation Quartz, Overcoat Crystal, Phantom, Quartz Clusters, Rainbow Quartz, Record Keeper, Sceptre, Seer Stone, Self Healed Quartz, Singing Quartz, Tabular, Temple Heart Dow aka Trans-Channeling, Transmitter aka Integration Crystals, Trigger Crystals, Trigonic, Twin Crystals and Window Quartz.
Quartz Formations: Individual Meanings
The specific meanings of the individual quartz formations is in the article below.
I am using the meanings as described by some of the more well known crystal writers, but the use of crystals is an evolving situation.
The more that quartz crystals are used, and the more interesting
pieces of stone that are brought out of the earth.
names may be used to describe a particular quartz configuration.
Be aware that you may discover new metaphysical attributes about one of the crystal formations once you begin using it.
New ways of classifying them may be added if and when I feel it is necessary.
Not all quartz formations are listed here, and this article does not cover the types of different crystals.
Check out the article on various types of quartz crystals for a list of quartz types, to see if the one you are looking for, has had an in-depth article written about it.
Note: Some of the pictures shown below are of specific types of crystals, and clicking on the image may take you to the specific article about that type of stone.
For example Clear Quartz, Citrine, Lithium Quartz, Lepidolite in Quartz or Golden Rutilated Quartz which are some of the stones below.
Quartz Formations: Specific Configurations
Activation Quartz are also known as Time Link Quartz or Portal Quartz.
These are quartz formations that have a rectangular window which may also look like a little triangle in some crystals, often quite small, between two of the other faces.
The rectangle/triangle is usually inclined and will be left or right
inclined, when you are looking at the main face with the point upwards,
and these have separate meanings.
The left activation quartz is inclined left from the main or primary face of the piece of crystal that it is on.
is a useful crystal to stimulate left brain thought, so it may
stimulate logical, objective and analytical thinking, and it may help to
remove energy blockages within the opposite or right side of the body.
right activation quartz is inclined towards the right of the main or
primary face of the crystal, and it may help to remove energy blockages
within the opposite or left side of the body.
This vibration may
assist right brain thinking, including creativity, creative writing,
musical abilities and the ability to express your emotions more clearly.
Barnacle Crystals are larger crystals that are covered with smaller crystals, usually not all over, but may be just covering part of the bigger crystal.
These big crystals are often old soul crystals, that attract the smaller crystals at some time during their growth cycle.
The image above is of the same large crystal cluster shown
further down the page, as it has many tiny crystals on the bottom side
The metaphysical attributes of barnacle crystals relate to
their relationship to the idea of family, community or to being of
They can be helpful to aid family issues and to assist
those who work in a service capacity, so healers may like to have one in
their healing room.
People who may particularly benefit from the
energy of quartz formations like these, may be those who work as
doctors, nurses, teachers or healers, or anyone who has strong feelings
about the giving of service to others.
Beta Quartz is a type of quartz that is named for its specific form, as it occurs as hexagonal or trapezohedral-hemihedral crystals.
Their crystal properties pertain to their use to interpret the meaning of dreams and visions from spirit.
This will help to ensure you receive a clear channel of information from the Divine source or from your higher self. These quartz formations are also helpful to have on you when divining or dowsing.
will help you to clearly decipher directional information, and be able
to deduce the answers to all questions asked as you go.
Bridge Crystals are also sometimes called inner child crystals.
These crystals can be distinguished by the way that part of one crystal is partially penetrating another crystal, and may regularly be found in crystal clusters.
This is one of the quartz formations that may be an asset for
spiritual work, as they may form a bridge between this world and the
They are known to be useful to help anyone who is teaching others, and particularly teachers of subjects of a spiritual nature.
crystal shown here is a piece of Satyaloka Quartz, and it therefore
makes sense to me that it would show this configuration as it is a
highly spiritual quartz variety.
Burr Crystals radiate from the center, but in no particular structure as they do not actually have a center matrix.
These beautiful clusters have a delicate and quite lovely form.
Some authors also call these starburst crystals, but Burr is my preferred name, as starburst can be confusing as that also refers to another quartz type.
This is a stunning crystal configuration, as energy from the many points flows out in all directions.
This is one of the more unusual quartz formations, as the crystals grow in their own way with no particular restrictions on their growth.
This is an analogy for the way this energy works in your life, as these beautiful crystals motivate you to live your life without a need for limits, allowing a flow of energy within your life.
Candle Quartz or Celestial Quartz
Candle Quartz is also known as Celestial Quartz and they are quite unique quartz formations.
This formation always has a central crystal, that is surrounded by many tiny terminations all over the body of the crystal.
This resembles the way that wax drips from a candle, hence the name Candle Quartz.
They often occur as a group of crystals, like the one shown here, with other smaller central crystals below the major point, see smaller points at bottom left.
Each of the smaller crystals have the same type of terminations on their sides.
The metaphysical attributes of this quartz configuration, relate to a number of diverse aspects.
They are known to be an aid to bestow abundance in your life, and are helpful in any room where business is carried on, as they are known to stimulate the prosperity of the business.
They are also wonderful stones to use for meditation, as they help
you to make a stronger connection with the Divine mind, and may help to
strengthen your intuition.
They are powerful to support travel
in the higher realms, and may help you to discover past life
information from the Akashic records.
Cathedral Quartz has a quite obvious configuration, and quite a
few of these pieces are quite large stunning crystals.
configuration relates to a stone with one point that is above the rest
like a peak.
It is surrounded by many points surrounding the central one, parallel to but not quite as tall as the central point, and all of the points have a common central base.
This is one of the more useful quartz formations to use for group work, and even smaller pieces with this configuration are excellent to use to bring people together.
It is an excellent crystal to make a connection with the Divine mind, and it will help you to raise the thoughts of the group to a higher vibration, so is useful to have present during a group meditation.
These crystals are also known as Lightbrary (or light libraries) as
they are useful to aid you to make a connection to the Akashic records.
At this time you may gain access to information about past lives, and
help you to understand your reasons for incarnating at this time.
configuration makes a good healing crystal as well. If the crystal is
small enough, it can be used by placing it directly over the area
While the clear quartz Lightbrary crystals are
common, it is also found in Smokey Quartz and commonly as Citrine
Kundalini quartz, and occasionally in other formations, like the
Lepidolite Quartz, pictured in the right side column.
Channeling Quartz Crystals can be recognized by their specific 7-3 configuration.
They have a seven sided face as the main face on the crystal, and this is known as a channeller face.
On the opposite or back side, they also have a triangular face. There are three different types of quartz formations that are known as channeling crystals.
This relates to how many of the 7-3 combinations occur on the
crystal. They may occur with one, two or three pairs of faces, each
seven and three sided.
The picture shown here is the main or
largest crystal in a clear quartz crystal cluster, and it has only one
each of the 7 sided and 3 sided faces.
Those with one pair are known as Initiation crystals, with two pairs Integration or Transmitter crystals.
Those with three pairs of faces, each with seven and three sides, are known as Temple Heart Dow or trans-channelling crystals.
All of these quartz formations are excellent used in meditation, and they are all powerful crystals to stimulate spiritual growth.
They have strong action to aid you to elevate your spirituality and to make major changes in your life.
Crater Quartz are where two pieces of quartz have been growing together and then during their life cycle they separate.
Where the base of the other crystal was located it can leave a large four to six sided impression in the other crystal.
Crater crystals are one of the quartz formations that are helpful to help you to deal with grief, loss or separation.
While these are personal crystals that you use to aid your own healing, they can be used during a crystal healing and might be placed on or around the heart chakra, to help you to release grief and heart ache.
Cross Quartz Crystal is a quartz crystal that forms in the shape
of a cross.
You can see an example of this configuration in this
gorgeous high vibration Himalayan Crystal shown here.
The vibration of the cross crystal is an excellent energy to use at all or any chakras, and it will quickly clear and activate the chakra.
This is one of the quartz formations that may be helpful if you are studying spiritual subjects, the arts or humanities.
It is helpful to enhance your creativity and these crystals are known to help to remove implants too.
Used at the crown chakra, these crystal stones will amplify the energy there. A wonderfully spiritual stone!
Crystal Balls or Spheres
Crystal Balls are also known as Spheres, and have been traditionally fashioned from either clear quartz or clear calcite.
If you wish to use quartz, while any type of quartz can be used, clear quartz is customary.
When I say clear quartz, this also includes quartz with inclusions like the sphere shown here.
Of course they can also be made out of other types of quartz, such as Strawberry Quartz (shown below).
Quartz crystal spheres have an advantage over and above other types of crystal, because they have wonderful amplification properties, and because they can be programmed to aid you to use them.
The sphere or orb shape is commonly used as a tool for scrying, meaning that they can be used to look at past, future or present events.
They may aid you to gain understanding of what has happened, or what will happen.
Due to their amplification properties they can also be used as a healing tool.
They are one of the most potent healing tools to use for sending distance healing, as they may boost the energy sent simply by placing your hands on the sphere while sending.
Balls made of other types of quartz are also powerful. Balls can be made of other types of quartz, like the Strawberry Quartz sphere.
Quartz crystal balls may be made from Rose Quartz or Amethyst Crystal which are wonderful used in your home or in a healing room, as they resonate wonderful healing energy into their surroundings, as the energy resonates from all over the ball.
They may also assist you to make contact with your spirit guide. Spirit guides may make themselves known to you via an image that appears in the crystal ball.
Using a crystal ball may also boost psychic gifts, including psychic visions, also known as clairvoyant abilities.
Devic Crystals are particular stones where you can clearly see shown, the presence of the deva of the crystal within the crystal.
While all crystals have a deva within them, sometimes the deva likes to show herself/himself to you.
Sometimes you can see a quite clear likeness in these quartz formations, such as what looks like an angel, a being of some sort, or even a rainbow.
But always it is something that makes you aware of the presence of this being within the crystal.
In this piece of double terminated Lodolite Quartz, I can see what looks like an elf with a white beard.
Once you begin looking you may be surprised how many of your crystals have an image shown within them.
These Devic beings can be fairies, angelic beings, or even extra-terrestrial beings, and many are earth beings or elementals.
Some of these crystals may be doorways or portals that can be used to access other dimensions.
If you discover one of these crystals, meditate with it to discover why it has come into your life, and what your role is as the keeper of this special crystal.
Dolphin Crystals are where a smaller crystal grows on the side of
a larger crystal, and this is similar to the idea of a baby being
carried on the back of a mother.
The babies that grow on the larger crystals have no base, and often occur on double terminated crystals but not necessarily.
The smaller crystals may often be double terminated, like the one in the image on the right.
The metaphysical attributes of Dolphin quartz formations relate to their action to encourage you to act in a teaching and nurturing role.
Some excellent ways to utilize them is to use them in group work, as they may assist the members of the group to be responsible for each other.
Their energy aids sharing, teaching, supporting and guiding others to achieve their highest good. They are excellent crystals to help spiritual teachers to mentor members of the group.
Double Terminated Quartz
Double Terminated Quartz crystals come in many different types of stone, and are excellent quartz formations that have many beneficial properties.
These crystals may also be known as floaters, as they commonly grow individually rather than being attached to a host rock.
They commonly form while floating in a super heated clay base. This allows points on both ends of the crystal to naturally grow.
You may notice that crystal healing wands, both natural and man-made, are also double terminated crystals, as this configuration constitutes a strong crystal for healing.
As they both take in and transmit energy from each end of the
crystal, this makes these powerful tools to use for a number of
In particular they have a powerful ability to heal emotional
hurt. They are useful crystals to use for doing body layouts, as
they will energize the chakra system.
They create movement of any
stagnant energy in the body, and will encourage you to have the patience
to wait for healing to occur.
Elestial Quartz are also known as Skeletal Quartz, Alligator
Quartz or Jacare Quartz Crystal, the last because Jacare means Alligator
These quartz crystals have unusual terminations
on their faces.
They occur in various colors and may be clear quartz,
rose pink, lavender amethyst or smokey quartz, like the one pictured below.
They have an amazing energy to help you to make a connection to the higher spiritual realms, and contact beings there, and to particularly connect with angelic beings.
They help to regulate how much energy you receive, and help you to receive the right amount needed at the time you are using them.
Crystal with these quartz formations are excellent for bone related problems, especially after you have had surgery. They will help you to heal from a variety of problems.
There is an in-depth page written about this specific quartz configuration, so you can discover more about it there.
Empathic Warrior Crystals
Empathic Warrior Crystals are stones that show damage somewhere on the stone, and this can be either on the point or sides.
This is one of the quartz formations that many people ignore, because they aren’t the perfect pristine crystal.
Note that having one in your collection will benefit you when you don’t know where to turn for help.
Crystals that have been damaged at some point in their journey, are wonderful to use when you are dealing with problems in your life, especially those that you have trouble knowing how to handle.
They emit a strong empathic energy that is good to help anyone who has a damaged relationship, or even when you simply feel that way, even if it may not be true.
This crystal configuration helps you to heal wounding, whether it is on the mental, spiritual or emotional level.
Enhydro Crystals are crystals that have water included inside the crystal, like a little bubble inside the stone.
This water was encapsulated within the inside of the piece of quartz during its formation.
Enhydro quartz crystals are excellent quartz formations to use to aid healing of emotional issues, and as well as that are powerful stones to assist change in your life.
They are supportive stone to aid you to feel empathy for another’s situation, and may stimulate your imagination in a down to earth way.
Etched Quartz crystals come in various configurations, but they
can be recognized by the presence of abrasions on the surfaces of the
They can be any color as long as they have natural etching on
The quartz formations of these crystals gives them healing properties that relate to their action to help you to gain access to healing information from the past.
Ancient civilizations such as Atlantis and Lemuria used crystals for healing and some of this information may be able to be accessed using these crystals, as it is stored in the etheric.
Use etched crystals in meditation, by placing them on your third eye chakra, which may aid you to access the information that is available in the spiritual realms.
Before entering the meditative state ask Spirit to give you what you require and be open to receiving the information you need. You may learn knowledge from the past related to using crystals for healing.
Even if you may not be sure if you have received this knowledge, you may find that the information is there available to you when you are using crystals, and feel “intuitively” to use them in some special way.
Extra Terminations or ET Crystals
Extra Terminations or ET Crystals are crystals that have a single point on one end, and on the other end have multiple terminations.
are usually self healed crystals that have fully healed and regrown
many terminations in the area where the crystal healed.
This is one of the quartz formations that can be very powerful for healers to use.
They help to bring energy in via the single point, and then broadcast it to a large area of the body via the multiple points.
If you use it as a wand with the multiple points directed towards the body, this may help to bring healing to a range of areas that are being worked on, and at a higher level.
They are also believed to aid you to make contact with beings in the higher realms, such as angels, and beings from other galaxies or other areas of the universe.
Faden Quartz have specific quartz formations, that are
characterized by a fuzzy white line running through them, which may vary
in size but is quite clearly seen.
Many are tabular crystals, like the one below, and when this is the case, the Faden line will run parallel to the tabular side.
The line is a place where the crystals fractured and then healed afterwards, and this healing aspect makes them one of the premier healing crystals.
Most Faden quartz are clear quartz crystals but you may find some rare stones that are Smoky Quartz. Like all quartz crystals they are easy to program, and in particular you might like to use them for healing specific health issues.
This crystals healing properties specifically relate to healing health problems such as torn muscles, issues in the nervous system and for healing broken bones.
Once a piece of Faden Quartz takes a program, it will keep the program for a long time, so think carefully and give your piece a powerful and useful program that will continue to aid your health.
If you wish to read more information about programming quartz crystals, check out this article for instructions.
Fairy Crystals have a sweet delicate structure, and are lovely crystals to bring joy and happiness into your surroundings.
These quartz formations are fairly uncommon, as the crystals are so fine and delicate that they are easily broken so they require a lot of care to bring them out of the ground intact.
Due to the large number of points in these clusters they radiate energy in all directions, which means they elevate the vibration of the room where they are located.
Fenster crystals are a high vibration variety of quartz, and are excellent crystals to use to aid spiritual growth.
The name Fenster comes from the German word for window. They are called this as they are known for the many windows and openings on the faces of the crystals.
These crystals have some of the same type of natural terminations on the faces as Elestial Quartz, along with featuring natural triangular shaped quartz formations as part of the configuration of the crystal.
They are powerful stones to stimulate psychic visions, and the sight, commonly known as clairvoyance.
You may use the openings or windows of these crystals during meditation.
Entering these chambers can lead you into different dimensions, where you can learn information about your soul’s path and your purpose is for being here in this incarnation.
Fenster Quartz crystals are excellent for healing emotional issues, especially past life problems of a karmic nature.
Excellent to aid addictions and especially eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder. These crystals vibrate strongly within the third eye and crown chakra, and may help you to go deeper into situations to find solutions.
They are an excellent stone to aid you to heal the inner child, and to deal with unresolved childhood trauma.
A useful healing stone that is powerful to be used by anyone who sends energy, such as reiki or other distance healing modalities.
Generators aka Merlin Crystal
Generators are also known as Merlin Crystal, and can be recognized by their symmetry, as they have six equal faces that are all symmetrical, and they meet perfectly at the point.
They can be found in a range of crystal types, and although many are Clear Quartz, you may find them as Rose Quartz, Citrine, Smokey Quartz or like the one shown here, made from Golden Rutilated Quartz
Many are interesting pieces with amazing inclusions in the stone.
They are called a generator as they are powerful to generate energy, and
help you to utilize the power of the earths energy.
They are one
of the more powerful quartz formations to add to your collection, as
they are known to have a powerful effect on all aspects of your being,
and will heal you physically as well as emotionally and spiritually.
may find that many generators are actually man-made, in that they may
have been cut from a larger piece of what is known as massive quartz
into this configuration.
This is because it is known that this is one of
the more powerful quartz formations to use for healing.
Geodes are becoming more common, and they come in a range of sizes, from tiny Geodes to large pieces that may also be known as crystal caves.
Geodes like the one shown here, which is made of Purple Amethyst Crystal, are wonderful assets to have in your home or office.
If you are healer of any type, one of these beautiful pieces would be a powerful addition to your healing room.
Because Geodes are made up of a number of individual crystals, the energy of each crystal in the group can be utilized.
vibration of large geodes will resonate within the surrounding area, as
the energy flows out, to bring healing to those nearby. Yet this energy
is softer and less intense, because it just flows out as required.
a Geode is not really a quartz cluster, these two quartz formations
have similar meanings. Both are made up of a number of individual
smaller crystals combined together in one large piece of crystal.
are excellent crystals to encourage connections between people, and may
bring healing to anyone in the area where they are located, as they
resonate a strong healing vibration.
Quartz Configurations & Formations: Part Two
Please note that there are more quartz configurations on another page, so please click here, to go to the other page and read more about the other crystal formations that are not covered here.
Want To Know About Crystal Books?
Are you new to crystals and would like to know about which book is best?
There are a range of different reference books on crystals, rocks and stones available, and having one of these books on hand is a benefit.
Melody’s Encyclopedia, Love Is In The Earth, is a very large book that covers more than most, and gives you a wealth of information.
Having a crystal book may aid you when buying crystals, and you can check out how they describe the different quartz formations and crystal configurations.
See some of the many excellent books below. Read reviews of what I believe are the best crystal books.
I have chosen these specific books as they are easy to understand and also give good overall explanations. There are quite a few reviewed, take a look!
Names Used For Formations Are Constantly Changing
Quartz crystals have been described in a number of different ways by a great many writers and the names they use are constantly evolving.
While I have covered a good many of the quartz formations and the specific crystal configurations, this is not all of them and there may be many more added over time.
The interest in crystals is dynamic and changing and new names are being used to describe a great number of new and interesting pieces that are being discovered.
This is a picture of my two Amethyst Geodes, taken the day they arrived, sitting in the garage.
I could not decide whether to get the deep purple one or the lighter ones, so they both came home!
They now sit in the bottom shelves of two of my crystal cabinets in my living room, such beautiful energy to fill my home!