At a glance, this apparent mineral inclusion appears to be calcite, judging by its silvery-whitish color and rhomboid form. Upon closer inspection, however, one may perceive that there is a small opening on the quartz surface, indicating that it is actually a hollow rhombohedral cavity with traces of a reddish clay-like material near the opening.
This type of cavity is known as an "inclusion void" and the example shown in the photo is the natural cast of a calcite mineral that dissolved away during the formative phase of the crystal, leaving a perfect impression of itself inside the optically clear quartz. Often an inclusion void may be entirely enclosed within the quartz host, making positive identification difficult.
Whether an actual mineral inclusion exists within the cavity, or if it is merely an empty void in the form of the mineral that was formerly present, may be difficult to determine. In this particular case the mineral cast is near to the surface of the quartz crystal and the opening to the hollow interior is visible, a clear indication of an inclusion void. "inclusion voids" -Inclusions in Quartz
Himalayan quartz crystals form at breathtaking altitudes, often high above the peaks of all other mountains on Earth. Occurring in conditions very similar to those found in the Alpine regions of Europe, specimens of seldom seen clarity have recently been discovered.
For centuries geologists and mineral enthusiasts in Switzerland, Austria, France and Italy, have collected some of the same rare quartz habits and formations which are now being found in the Himalayas of Nepal and Northern India.
Many of these world famous formations and habits of quartz were individually named for the Alpine regions in which they were first discovered and documented, others were later identified by crystal healers and lightworkers. The term for the conditions in which some of these crystals form is “Alpine–type”. The word ‘type’ has been more recently added to the title of this geological rarity to account for it’s discovery in localities other than the Alps of Europe or Switzerland.
Quartz crystals found in Alpine-type clefts, or fissures, are known for their extraordinary clarity, as they have formed in some cases over millions of years, creating prized examples of the highest purity possible in this, the most abundant mineral on Earth.
Not all Himalayan quartz is from Alpine-type clefts and not all Alpine-type clefts produce quartz crystals, further emphasizing the rarity of these special stones. Most Himalayan quartz comes from easier to reach localities at lower altitudes and is far less clean and clear than it’s higher altitude relative, often with a residual coating which proves difficult to remove.
In some western localities the use of explosives to burrow into the hillside is quite a common practice and sadly, many crystals seem to be unearthed before their time and were, in our opinion, not ready to see the light of day.
Venturing to high altitudes in search of these rare gifts of nature has been a lifelong passion and our gratitude is shown in our work. Using only simple hand tools, each of our Himalayan quartz crystal is ecologically collected from Alpine-type clefts or hydrothermal pockets which have been exposed by countless aeons of erosion and tectonic movement.
Only crystals that have been badly damaged are used for our Himalayan quartz faceting project. The transformation of these crystal fragments into exquisite gemstones allows for each to be worn and cherished by crystal lovers, or used by healers, lightworkers and crystal mystics worldwide in a variety of practices for which the former broken shard of quartz would certainly have been less effective.
The precise symmetry and ideal facet angles of our optically clear Himalayan Quartz gems are specifically designed to maximize light refraction in a way that an uncut crystal rarely exhibits. We have had numerous reports from the esoteric community of the third-eye compatibility of these powerful gems, promoting high visionary experiences as well as the sending and receiving of light transmissions and high-frequency, pan-dimensional messaging. These reports, much to our delight and amazement, far exceed our expectation, as is often the case in creating magical items to be used in the present spiritual renaissance.
Now, it's not to say that a quartz crystal in its natural and pristine state cannot also be used in a similar way, but owing to environmental considerations such as rapid changes in temperature or pressure, being obstructed or limited in growth by other minerals, or otherwise having alterations to its morphological blueprint during the formative phase; seldom, if ever, does a natural quartz crystal display "perfect" or ideal symmetry.
This is a very important point, as what we are talking about is light refraction; what does the light do when it enters the crystal, how does it exit and what pattern is being created by this light refraction? Though it may not be perceived in its entirety by the human eye, owing to the speed at which light travels and the fact that we are looking from only one angle, a subtle light-structure is being emitted.
Light stands at the threshold of cosmic energies seen and unseen and is an ideal example of how higher universal forces move and interact. It stands to reason that the more perfect the symmetry of the gem facets, the more balanced the refraction of light will be, thereby creating a subtle energetic pattern that radiates outward, the integrity of which is enduring enough, when combined with human intention or “prayer”, to have its effect on the aethyrs. It is in this way that these Himalayan Quartz Gemstones can be used to create a beacon to be honed in on by higher forces.