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Cairngorm / カンゴーム
First Appearance: Vol. 6, Ch. 38
Status: Active / Presumably enslaved by Aechmea
Nickname: "Cairn" (Short-form)
"Karen" (Mock spelling of "Cairn")
Race: Gem
Age: Younger than 1,102 years old
Hardness: 7
Family: The other Gems
Aechmea ('Husband')
Occupation: Housewife(Current)
Sanatorium Manager (Former)
Teammate: Ghost Quartz (Former)
Lapis Lazuli (Former)
Phosphophyllite (current)

Cairngorm (カンゴーム, lit Kangōmu) is a Gem who appears midway in the story. They used to be the inner shell of Ghost Quartz, who has a multilayered structure and thus two personalities. After Ghost Quartz was taken to the moon, they became active in their stead.


When Cairngorm was first introduced, their "skin" was dark and they remained so for some time in order to better feed on sunlight due to their inclusions being fickle. However, shortly after, they applied powder to their skin much like the other Gems. They wear a winter uniform, bobby socks, and a pair of black tassel loafers. They have very short haircut that was noted to resemble Antarcticite, though Cairngorm is more combed.

Their weapon is the same sickle that had belonged to Ghost Quartz. When they took on Winter Duty, they begun utilizing a weapon resembling a serrated sword, similar to the one Antarcticite used.

After Cairngorm goes to the moon, Aechmea removes the remaining pieces of Ghost on their eyes, truly becoming themself. After this change, Cairngorm removes their powder again, returning the black skin they normally have.


Ghost Quartz described them as "rude, violent, selfish" as well as annoying. Ghost claims that Cairngorm was in control of their body when they recklessly climbed onto a sunspot cloud and almost got taken by the Moon People. They seem to be very tough and strict. When they lost Ghost Quartz, they were infuriated and blamed it on Phosphophyllite, punching them several times and causing them to repeatedly need fixing from Rutile. At first, they acted harshly towards Phos. But they began to soften towards the other Gem after Phos had a breakdown and had confused Cairngorm for Antarcticite.

In recent chapters, Cairngorm has begun to act much kinder and gentle towards Phos, and has become rather protective of them. When Phos lost their head to the Lunarians, Cairngorm even offered their former partner, Lapis Lazuli's head, to Phos. When Kongo seemed unsure of this, Cairngorm even began to offer their own head to Phos.

After Aechmea reveals that reviving the lower hardness Gems would not be feasible, Cairngorm offered to have a synthetic outer layer attached to disguise themselves as Antarcticite and calm Phos' trauma. Aechmea questioned Cairngorm's dedication to Phos and upon examining the Gem closely, he discovered that their eyes still contained traces of Ghost Quartz which was affecting Cairngorm's behavior. He told Cairngorm to wait there while he got his tools if they wanted him to fix them. Cairngorm wanted to wait and be free, but the remnants of Ghost tried to force them to leave and remain under Ghost's influence, and the struggle caused Cairngorm to break apart. Seeing this, Aechmea understood that Cairngorm wanted Ghost Quartz removed from their eyes.

With Ghost Quartz's influence removed, Cairngorm's behavior changes drastically. They remove their powder, they don't react when Phos offers to give back Lapis's head, and they refuse to join Phos' expedition back to Earth. They also seem to have formed a close relationship with Aechmea, who encourages Cairngorm to choose a new outfit for themselves to help them regain their "sense of self."


  • They were introduced for the first time when their outer shell Ghost Quartz were taken to the Moon.
  • They were given the name Cairngorm by Kongo-sensei.
  • They teamed up with Phos and decided to go on winter duty with them.
  • Phos and Cairngorm went on patrol with Peridot, Sphene, Hemimorphite, and Watermelon Tourmaline. They were attacked by the new type of Moon People. They fought alongside with Phos, Peridot and Sphene and were heavily damaged.
  • After Phos lost their head, they offered Lapis Lazuli's head and even their own in exchange.
  • One of the gems who accompanied Phosphophyllite to the moon, though reluctantly.
  • They discover that they still have Ghost Quartz in their eyes.
  • They have grown closer to Aechmea after he removed Ghost Quartz from their eyes.
  • In the recent chapters, Aechmea and Cairngorm seem closer, even having a type of romantic relationship as Aechmea refers to Cairngorm as his "wife".
  • In Chapter 75, they are now 'Married' to Aechmea. They also plan to "become nothingness" with Aechmea when (if) they eventually have Kongo Pray.

Gem info

  • Mineral : Oxide
  • Chemistry : SiO2
  • Colour : brown to gray, opaque

Cairngorm is a variety of smoky quartz crystal. It usually has a smokey yellow-brown colour, though some specimens are  grey-brown. Smoky quartz is common and was not historically important, but in recent times it has become a popular gemstone, especially for jewelry.


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