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The Imperium Silver Crystal is a silver crystal with magical powers. It allows the owner to use an attack
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called Cosmic Moon Power. It was in the possession of Queen Serenity before the Negaverse invaded the Moon Kingdom. To stop them, Queen Serenity used the power of the crystal to imprison everyone from the Negaverse. When she sent the Seven Shadows into the earth's atmosphere, the crystal was separated into seven rainbow crystals. In Sailor Moon R, it is also used when Sailor Moon transforms (saying "Moon Crystal Power")

Each of the rainbow crystals, along with the soul of one of the shadows, was kept inside a different person, until they were extracted by Zoycite (though the shadows were killed when Sailor Moon healed the carriers). Zoycite got four crystals, however the Sailor Scouts got one, and Tuxedo Mask got two. Eventually Sailor Moon was forced to hand over her crystal to Zoycite.

Zoycite challenged Tuxedo Mask (Darien) to a battle over the crystals, but had Malachite take all seven of them. However, after Tuxedo Mask was injured by Zoycite, the crystals combined into the Imperium Silver Crystal, transforming Sailor Moon into Princess Serena. She defeated Zoycite with Cosmic Moon Power. Malachite's arc revolved around him trying to find Sailor Moon and take the crystal (as it was needed to release the Negaforce), but eventually Sailor Moon defeated him with Cosmic Moon Power, killing him by reflecting his own attack back at him. Cosmic Moon Power was also used to destroy Queen Beryl (combined with the Negaforce as well) with a massive energy ball.

The silver crystal of the future was taken by Rini, and vanished inside her before she and the Negamoon Family traveled into the past. Though one silver crystal was weaker than the Dark Crystal, Rini discovered her silver crystal while Princess Serena was fighting Wiseman, and with both of them using two silver crystals, they proved to be stronger than the dark crystal, decimating it and destroying Wiseman.

Mythology

Silver Crystal: Ginzuishou. As far as symbols go, the stone has been considered the goddess' power or to hold her power. The stone symbolic of the Moon is the crystal, and the metal associated with the Moon is silver. Thus, both Serenitys and Small Lady have their power in the Silver Crystal.

When the Ginzuishou becomes a flower, if one sees the flower as a lotus, this can be symbolic. "In cultures shaped primarily by religions at the matriarchal level, it is the womb and breast that are prominent. In India where the lotus as the symbol of the womb is the source of all life, the ascetic sitting on the lotus throne also becomes the symbol of salvation or awakening" (Ross, 44). Though this quote applies specifically to India, the concepts fit here. Both the Silver Millenium and Crystal Tokyo are ruled under a matriarchy, and Usagi has many times been a symbol or figure of salvation, even awakening. Also, the lotus was the flower of the maiden aspect of the triple goddess.

A side note for the Ginzuishou which may or may not be related, from Pacific Mythology: Anta Kusuma was a magic jewel shaped as a flower, and with it the owner gained long life, happiness, and love. From Balinese and Javanese myth.

  • Like many magical artifacts of great power, it can be used for both good or evil.
  • In the fifth and final season of the original anime, it is revealed that the Silver Crystal is

Eternal Sailor Moon's very own Star Seed and the source of all her inner strength and abilities.

  • In the Dic English dub, the crystal was called different names by many people; such as: the Silver Moon Crystal, the Silver Crystal, the Imperium Silver Crystal, the Moon Crystal, and the Imperium Crystal. In 1995, promotional material spelled its name as Empyrean Silver Crystal, suggesting not so much regalia of rulership as a celestial object formed of pure goodness or light and pertaining to the highest heaven.
  • Its equivalent counterpart on Earth is the Golden Crystal, which is Mamoru's very own Sailor Crystal in the manga, but is worn and protected by Helios in the original anime.

The "Maboroshi" Translation

The word "maboroshi" in the Crystal's name is often left out of translation, or is translated in a multitude of different ways. The kanji "幻" (maboroshi) can mean "a phantom, a vision, an illusion, a dream, a phantasm."[1] It is often translated, in conjunction with the rest of the Crystal's name, as "Illusionary Silver Crystal,"[2][3]

especially in sources which refer to the live-action series. However, 

this is not the only way the Crystal's name can be translated; some fans prefer alternatives such as "Phantom Silver Crystal,"[4] based on the fact that, in Japanese, the term for the geological phenomena of phantom crystals is approximated by the term "ファントム水晶" (fantomu suishou), and "ファントム" (fantomu) is often explained to mean "幻" (maboroshi).[4]

The Kodansha release of the manga translated the name as "Legendary Silver Crystal," a translation also used in the English subtitles of Sailor Moon Crystal.

Trivia

    • In the anime, starting with episode 28, the opening Usagi

segment included a picture of the Silver Crystal while Usagi was talking about her new mission. This particular shot had the Silver Crystal in a diamond shape like in the manga, but when it later formally appeared, it was round.

    • The lotus shape of Silver Crystal could be a reference to the

Hindu symbol for purity, beauty, and non-attachment. Lotus is also a symbol for the centers of consciousness (chakras) in the body.

    • In the English dub of the anime and the TokyoPop

version of the manga, the Silver Crystal was known as the "Imperium Silver Crystal." "Imperium" is a word that can mean "absolute power," or can describe the power wielded by an empire.

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