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Crystal Formations and Their Meanings

Crystal Formations and Their Meanings

Crystal Formations and Their Meanings

What are the Crystal Healing properties of different crystal formations and shapes? Discover how these common and unusual forms add extra special meanings to your crystals.

Crystal Terminology 101

Don’t know your facets from your main face? Before we go further let’s get crystal clear about the common terms used to describe crystal formations and features. The following diagram shows a natural Crystal Point with the names of the basic features:
Crystal Point Chart: Learn more about crystal formations and their healing properties

Crystal Formations 101

Not Just Quartz Crystals…

The crystal formations in this article are commonly found on Quartz crystals, but can also be found in many other natural crystals if you look for them.
“Always check your crystals for special features as this gives you extra information about their unique energy and properties”

The Meanings of Crystal Formations:

Look at the Crystal Formations Chart below for an example of all these formations and their names. Under this you will find a description of these features and their general healing properties.
This is one of my favourite subjects. This article is just an introduction, more detail will be found in my future book releases. Now it’s time to ID those crystals!
Crystal Formations Chart: Discover Their Meanings and Crystal Healing Properties

Crystal Formations Chart (Save this to Pinterest!)

Crystal Point

Features: A single terminated crystal which can have many of the other features below.
Properties: Used to send, focus and direct energy.

Double Terminated

Features: A single crystal with a termination at each end.
Properties: Sends and receives energies at the same time. Transmutes negative energies.


Features: Two Crystal Points which are joined together by their side facets from the base up. Also known as a Companion.
Properties: Balances male and female or yin and yang energies.


Features: A group of many Crystal Points which grow from the same base.
Properties: Enhances group meditations and classes. Connects with like minded people and your soul group.


Features: A hollow rock which contains hundreds of crystals growing inside it.
Properties: Grounding and energizing. Balances Earth energies. Repairs Ley Lines. Connects with Gaia.


Features: A hexagonal or angular shaped recess usually on the side facets of a crystal and near the base.
Properties: Helps awaken your DNA, and integrate lost parts of yourself. Can be used for Shamanic Soul Retrieval.


Features: A rainbow reflection inside the crystal, caused by a special flaw. Only seen when it catches the light.
Properties: Works on all the chakras. Balances the chakras and all layers of the aura.


Features: Other minerals caught inside a crystal. May appear as darker material or bits suspended inside the crystal.
Properties: Will add the properties of whatever the extra mineral is. You can also use the chakra colours to interpret their effects.


Features: A ghost like 3D image of a crystal point inside a crystal. Shows the earlier size before it grew bigger. Some crystals have multiple Phantoms.
Properties: Helps you connect with your Higher Self or Guides. Good for meditation, personal growth, karma release work and seeing the bigger picture.

Record Keeper

Features: A rare triangular indentation which usually forms on the face of a crystal. Sometimes the triangle is raised.
Properties: Used to access information from ancient pyramid building civilizations such as Egypt or even Atlantis.

Isis Face

Features: A five sided face with a tall point at the top. Also known as an Isis Crystal.
Properties: Connects with the divine feminine, female guides and Goddess energies.


Features: A Crystal Point with six usually triangular faces all meeting together at the tip of a central termination.
Properties: A powerful crystal that amplifies its properties and our intentions. A high impact and healing crystal for Crystal Grids. Balances Earth energies.

Diamond Window

Features: A diamond shaped extra face on a Crystal Point. Also known as a Sixth Face.
Properties: Opens the Third Eye Chakra for Clairvoyance. May be used to access intuitive wisdom, inspiration and receive spiritual downloads.

Time Link

Features: A long extra facet with four sides in the shape of a parallelogram. Usually forms near the main face.
Properties: If leaning to the left it can access information from the past. When leaning to the right, it can access information from the future.

Akashic Lines

Features: Horizontal lines usually forming on the side facets of a crystal. Also known as Lemurian Lines. If they are on all sides of the crystal you might have a Lemurian Seed Crystal (click to learn more)
Properties: These crystals hold ancient information recorded from the past. Often associated with lost civilizations such as Lemuria and Atlantis.
If you’re interested in learning more about Crystal Healing do check out my free Resources section by clicking Here.
Do you have a favourite crystal formation? I would love to hear from you in the comments below (Please keep any questions you have on topic if you want a response).
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38 thoughts on “Crystal Formations and Their Meanings

  1. Star Wise

    Wonderful article, thanks so much for the invaluable information and diagrams. I always wondered what half of these things meant and you have put the information together in a crystal clear manner. I have a double terminated Tibetan point and others, and my favourite is a beautiful large Amethyst generator crystal with Phantoms and a Record keeper – I used to wonder what the heck does that mean, and now I know! Thanks again. Keep up your excellent blog.

  2. susanne shoffner

    thank you very much for emlightening me on the subject!sooooo interesting.ihave many and will lppk at them differently!

  3. Isis

    Thank you for explaining so clearly the formations and their implications. Do the shapes of tumbled stones also have implications that one should be aware of? I wonder as a beginner, and if you have already written about it somewhere, I would love to be directed there.

  4. Isis

    Thank you very much for your reply, Ethan. That leads me to think that if one wants to direct crystal energy for specific purposes, crystals with termination points will be more suitable. And if one is using tumble stones, the more angular the better.

  5. Jean

    I am so happy that I found your blog! I have collected quite a few crystals, but am definitely still a beginner. Ive tried to learn more about crystals in the past, but just ended up getting confused and overwhelmed with all the information, but reading yours just seemed to make so much more sense! Back to me being a beginner though, and if you have a chuckle at my expense I totally understand, but here it goes. Are some of these crystal points, particularly the ones that are pointed at each end or flat one side and terminated the other, cut that way or totally natural? To be honest I thought they were cut somehow! Thanks again! Can’t wait to read more!

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      Thanks Jean, glad my articles are helping you. Crystal Points grow naturally in the Earth but not all types of crystals grow like that. Some crystal Points you will see are cut into that shape. Natural Crystal Points usually have more character and are less perfect looking. Regardless if it grew that way or is cut into shape a Crystal Point has the same effect when you use it. They focus and direct energy. Hope this helps.

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      I think your talking about Tumble Stones. They were not included here as it is about natural formations or cut crystals. Tumble stones are chunks of stone that are tumble polished. They emit energies in all directions but have no special meanings.

  6. Linda Weatherall

    I have a crystal or I think it is ! All different colours perple,blue,gold,green and when you turn or move it around it changes colour ! Do you know the name of it and what does it do ? Because I had to buy it ! Could not leve it there !! Thank you for enny help

  7. Carrie

    Thank you for another great articles. I just bought a double terminated point rose quartz. If use for meditation purposes should I hold it in my right hand or left hand or it doesn’t matter as long as I place it nearby me?

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      For meditation I usually hold a crystal with both hands but you could use either. Some say your dominant hand is for directing energy outwards and the non-dominant hand is for receiving energy. Try it out and see what works best for you.

  8. Kristine

    I just realized that my clear quartz point has the following:

    Inclusions (yellow/orange)
    Record keeper (looks like a very tiny triangle face… is this a record keeper?)
    2 touching time links (past and future)
    Akashic lines


  9. Bartyra Galvão

    Great article. My husband is a miner in Brazil but he didnt know that the crystal he was mining was actually lemurian quartz. Thank you so much for the information!

  10. Ana

    I came across a small cluster of octohedrons. I don’t know what the crystal was but it was the most powerful energy I have ever felt. The owner would not sell it and he told me he thought it was some sort of portal. I am not very sensitive to crystal energies (I think). I have a hard time feeling moldavite even. This crystal gave me the strongest goosebumps I ever had and the energy was like smooth electricity. It was as if I had a strong electrical current going through me from the wall outlet! Any thoughts?? Thank you for this article!!!

  11. Shar

    I have started collecting crystals for about a year now (still a beginner and learning) but have noticed that the ones being sent (I order online mostly) to me have record keepers on them. In the article you said record keepers are rare but they seem to keep finding me, is there an apparent reason for that? Also another interesting thing happened and wanted to know if you have any input, I had a herkimer diamond I used in a grid. And now about a year later, the herkimer has a notably big deep etched triangle on there that was not there before. Is there any explanation to this? Not sure if what I’m experiencing is a common thing or not. I hope to hear your input soon. Thanks alot.

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      Hi Shar, maybe you’re right and they find you because you are meant to work with them. I will say though I have seen some people misidentify these, I may cover them in more detail in an article at some point. People do occasionaly report changes in the form or colour of their crystals. I have had one crystal that got a milky brown patch inside it that I am pretty sure was not there when I bought it. It is generally believed that this happens when a shift occurs in the energy of the crystal, or that some energy was healed or cleared from you.

  12. Linda

    I have a crystal with seven sides in the main face…directly opposite (on the back) is a triangle face. I feel that although this is a small crystal it’s a powerful one… what can you tell me?!? I loved your article and will save it for future reference! Thanks so much

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      You’re right, it is special. That is a Channeling Crystal. You can work with them to channel messages from spiritual beings, angels and ascended masters or receive information in meditation.

  13. Topaz crystals with keys

    I have some clear topaz crystals that have record keepers all over the facets. But the interesting thing is that they are rectangular record keepers rather than triangular. Would this help me communicate with cultures that build vertical, rectangular structures? Also, I have a clear topaz crystal that has 2 keys right next to each other on the side (I don’t know if it’s a face or a facet because it’s a trapezoid!) The keys are in the shape of a hexagon and a diamond. Thus is my favorite topaz crystal that i have found while rockhounding at topaz mountain in Utah.

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      I call rectangular shapes like this Square or Rectangle Glyphs. I think they are different than Record Keepers and indicate that the crystal is very grounding or can anchor spiritual energy.

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  16. Dawn Siefer


    Thank you for this article. I find it so helpful and so interesting. I recently acquired a herkimer diamond that seems to have a key on one of its facets, but on one of the other facets is a raised rectangle. Do you have any idea what this would be? I have pictures if that helps at all. Thank you in advance for the help and insight!

  17. Katrina Stewart

    Hi Ethan, I have your book and have been collecting crystals to make the Angelic connection grid which is so beautiful. I have seen an angel aura quartz which has a flat bottom to stand, is quite wide and 7cm tall. The top part is formed into a point but due to the rough sides each triangle is a different length. Can this be used as a central stone? How would it compare to a point the same height but fully carved with straight sides?

  18. Milmarie Diaz

    This article was great! I am still Pretty new to the crystal world, but loved how you explained the chart. I was gifted what I though was a “clear quartz” by a lady who came in the store I worked in to clear the energy, I didn’t know to much about crystals but she said here have this one and the said if you slide you fingers up you can hear amazing Things, I didn’t know what she meant then, now seeing the chart she gifted me a lamerían, which has a rainbow and a record keeper! I am in awe reading about each thing.

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