I use a lot of this material in my pieces, recently i found and
bought on ebay what they are calling Phantom quartz. it turned out
to be the same exact material i buy from my Brazilian cutters,except
it is the quarter of the price i pay and is also the quarter of the
cutting quality that i am used to. everything i bought will have to
well, although this material does not come from China; this name
seems to come from there since the culture there is more prone to
that type of notion and visual estethic/ religious opinions and
cultural outlook. you know Phantoms and ghosts and spirits.
here is how my cutter and dealer from brazil puts it, they were
calling this material Cosmic Quartz, and i think it is a more
endearing term but also closer to a truth of the material inside
which is a mixture of one or more of these elements or minerals,
cupric oxides, which is the greens and some of the reds, the iron
oxides which is some of the reds and browns, there are some that
have pyrites, and some that i have with titanium oxides which
usually is yellows and oranges and some cherry reds there is a large
amount of differences of this material depending of what area it was
mined from,what ever the quartz enveloped close by while in molten
state that’s what solidified inside of it, and the all surprising
natural asbestos which is white in color.
these could be in any combination lighter or heavier encasement.
which in the case of the lighter coloration and cloudiness looks like
ghosts inside the stone,or in our case like the cosmos, or the
bottom of the ocean… I bought some that have amazing red specs with
green tourmilated lines, the Chinese were calling these cherry
blossoms Quartz… there is a lot of variants in the material, but
as my cutter was saying that the chineese had been to his mines
amongst others and were buying everything in site of this material.
but the cutting has left a lot to be desired for, the Brazilian cuts
are quite well done, they are no German cuttings but still pretty
good if I may say so.
the greenish pinkish hue you speek of is probably the copper oxides
to degrees of clarity or muddled.
I am not sure what you are refering to as Rock or glass, quartz is
quartz not glass, and in this feild a rock could be a pebble or a
I hope this helped some.
Hratch Babikian Atelier
contemporary Jewelery and sculpture