Crystal Points

When quartz crystals are mined, many single points separate from their neighbors or from the matrix rock. These single crystals may have:
one “point” or “termination”.

points on both ends (double enders, double terminated)
or more than one point on either end, (multiple terminated.)
These single crystals typically have 6 facets on the long sides and six facets at the point. These are called “all natural crystal points.”

If a point comes out of the ground with chips on it, several facets might be polished to remove the damage. I call this “selective polishing.” Sometimes the entire crystal will be polished to best show off the interior patterns and clarity. I would call that “completely polished quartz.”
Generally, crystals with dark, broken, rough or frosty facets will be polished. This happens a lot with crystals from Brazil and Madagascar.
Arkansas crystals and some Brazil quartz points have clear shiny facets that need no polishing. When a crystal is completely polished, the base is often cut flat so the crystal will stand straight up.

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