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Lightning Struck Smoky Quartz Altarpiece with Mirrored Veils
Lightning Struck Smoky Quartz Altarpiece with Mirrored Veils Lightning Struck Smoky Quartz Altarpiece with Mirrored Veils Lightning Struck Smoky Quartz Altarpiece with Mirrored Veils Lightning Struck Smoky Quartz Altarpiece with Mirrored Veils

Lightning Struck Smoky Quartz Altarpiece with Mirrored Veils

Dimensions (HxWxD): 3.75" x 3.25" x 1.75"

Shipping Weight: 28.8 oz.


Price: $240.00

Out of stock


This extremely rare 3.75 inch high Lightning Struck Smoky Quartz Altarpiece with Mirrored Veils, weighing 16.8 ounces, or 475 grams, comes from Couto de Magalhães de Minas, in Minas Gerais, Brazil, where it was discovered by the same brilliant folks who have brought us a variety of AAA quality Lemurian crystals, rare orange rutile crystals, and beautiful specimens of Indigo Quartz over the last few years.

Lightning Struck Quartz Altarpiece with Mirrored Veils

This beautiful quartz crystal point contains some lovely, highly reflective rainbow inclusions, and displays two distinctive zig-zag surface disruptions across the termination tip and extending down the shaft, which marks a Lightning Struck Crystal.

Mineralogical and Metaphysical Properties of Lightning Struck Quartz

Over the last several years a number of extremely rare specimens of Brazilian quartz crystals bearing the marks of lightning strikes that have impacted the Earth in very close proximity to the crystal matrix have found their way onto world markets.

These unusual crystals are found in regions of Brazil which are known for the high incidence of thurnderstorms generating lightning strikes that impact the Earth. According to sicence website Physics.org a typical lightning strike contains enough energy to toast 100,000 slices of bread.

According to the Lightning FAQ produced by the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) of the NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationlightning strikes from the sky down and also from the ground up!

A channel of negatively charged energy called a "step leader" zigzags down from the thunderhead in 50 yard segments, in a distinctive forked pattern. The step leader is actually invisible to the naked eye and travels faster than the eye can blink. 

Lightning Struck Quartz Altarpiece with Mirrored VeilsAccording to the NSSL, "As it nears the ground, the negatively charged step leader is attracted to a channel of positive charge reaching up, a streamer, normally through something tall, such as a tree, house, or telephone pole. When the oppositely-charged leader and streamer connect, a powerful electrical current begins flowing. A return stroke of bright luminosity travels about 60,000 miles per second back towards the cloud. A flash consists of one or perhaps as many as 20 return strokes. We see flicker when the process rapidly repeats itself several times along the same path. The actual diameter of a lightning channel is one-to-two inches."

When lightning strikes the ground it can fuse sand into silica based rock tubules known as fulgurite, and the immensely high temperatures and pressures generated in the area of the lightning strike alter the chemical composition of quartz crystals exposed to lightning.

The surface of lightning-struck crystals displays a characteristic zig-zag incursion that is quite distinctive, and unlike normal surface inclusions found in other crystal formations.

Crystal healers have determined that lightning-struck crystals exhibit a number of desirable and unusual energetic properties. These crystals have an enhanced ability to receive, amplify and transmit Universal Life Force Energy, also known as prana or chi. 

Those who are sensitive to subtle energies can feel a tingling sensation in the body, and a "fluffing" of the auric field when in the vicinity of a lightning struck crystal, or when holding one in the hands. This is the result of the elevation of the frequency of energy in the human aura when in contact with one of these unique crystal specimens, and indicates that the crystal is accelerating the flow of Universal Life Force energy in the human bio-field and throughout the meridian and chakra system associated with and governing the functionalities of the physical body.

For this reason, lightning struck crystals are ideal to help equilibrate the energy bodies of individuals who are suffering from conditions of "stagnant chi", low energy conditions, and "chi deficiencies" of all kinds.

In addition, lightning struck crystals are true Ascension stones, because they both elevate the frequencies within the individual's energy field and increase the flow of energy in body, mind and aura. The increased and elevated energetic flow enhances the individual's ability to meditate, to connect with Higher Mind and to concentrate when performing arduous tasks requiring mental discipline.

In addition, these flashstones, as they are known to rockhounds and crystal healers, can help to crystallize breakthrough insights, helping us to achieve new visions of the world more accurate than our old mental maps have been, and can help us to transcend our old, outworn habits, and self-defeating emotional patterns of behavior.

For all these reasons, meditators, Lightworkers and crystal healers have discovered the many beauties and benefits of Lightning Struck Crystals.

Mineralogical and Metaphysical Properties of Smoky Quartz Crystals

Lightning Struck Quartz Altarpiece with Mirrored VeilsMineralogists say there may be more than one cause for the gray to brown to black color range of this very popular form of quartz crystal, ranging from sodium to other minerals in the crystal. According to Melody ("Love is in the Earth"), smoky quartz is produced by the presence of sodium in clear crystal, facilitating the regulatation of fluids in the body, acting much like a mineral supplement bringing mineral equilibrium.

Other mineralogists suggest other theories concerning the dark pigment in smoky quartz, including the presence of trivalent titanium or the presence of carbon compounds.

Some mineralogists suggest that the characteristic dark brown to black color of smoky quartz is produced when clear quartz is exposed to natural radiation emanating from radioactive rocks in the same geological formation where the quartz crystals form and grow. The current scientific hypothesis is that when clear quartz is exposed to radiation, the radiation alters the oxidation states of mineral impurities found within the quartz structure, resulting in smoky quartz.

“The frequent occurrence of smoky quartz in association with rare earth and radioactive minerals is very significant, for later it will be indicated that smoky quartz may have been colored through the action of radioactive elements,” says the University of Michigan’s Edward F. Holden, in a 1925 article in The American Mineralogist. In Ontario smoky quartz is a constant associate of radioactive minerals, and the same association is frequent in Madagascar. Enormous smoky quartz crystals occur in the well known radioactive pegmatite of Baringer Hill, Texas.”

“The evidence given thus far is in agreement with the theory that smoky quartz owes its color to atoms of silicon, formed by the disintegration of silica, through the action of radium radiations,” Holden continues. “The mechanism of the formation of the free silicon may perhaps be pictured in this way: The radiations may remove the four outer electrons from a silicon atom, which would then be equally shared by the two associated oxygen atoms. As a result, two free oxygen atoms and a free silicon atom would be formed. They could take no part in the crystal structure since their attractive force for other atoms would have been destroyed. Hence, they should act as small inclusions, the silicon atoms producing the light-scattering and the color so characteristic of smoky quartz. We would expect the silicon atoms to be most effective in scattering light because of their greater atomic weight, and the possibility of the escape of the oxygen atoms.”

From this scientific analysis it is clear that smoky quartz, although quite likely formed through the action of radioactive elements, is not radioactive itself, and this perfectly natural process is not detrimental to the crystals or to human beings utilizing these crystals for ornamentation, in meditation, for crystal healing, or for any other purpose.

Smoky quartz has been a favorite healing stone of shamanistic practitioners around the world for thousands of years.

According to modern day energy healers, smoky quartz works slowly and thoroughly to relieve imbalances in the physical and etheric bodies, with special emphasis on the solar plexus and its associated chakra, the third or Manipura chakra associated with personal power and vital energy. And it works on the hands and feet. Smoky quartz can, over time, help to balance the flow of vital energy throughout the physical and etheric bodies, and aids in the development of a healthy, fully functioning chakra system.

Lightning Struck Quartz Altarpiece with Mirrored Veils

It is an aid in gently releasing blockages caused by  negative energy patterns in the emotional body. Smoky quartz has been used as an aid in meditation, for energy healing, and to create a protective barrier of energy around the holder, being grounding and clearing the mind. 

This crystal has been cleaned with Universal Life Force Energy, and given an energy attunement using Reiki, a Japanese technique of energy healing, so it will continue to receive and transmit Universal Life Force Energy direct from the Source of Creation. It has also cleaned and charged with the natural energy of sunlight. It is ready for you to program according to your own needs and desires. 

Check out the article "Using Quartz Crystals in Digital Technology, Healing and Meditation" for an overview of the metaphysical and mineralogical properties of quartz, and a step-by-step guide explaining how to cleanse, charge, and program quartz crystals for healing, meditation and other spiritual purposes.

Note: weight above is shipping weight. Net weight is 16.8 ounces or 475 grams.