Trying to remember this book has been killing me for the better part of a decade, so hopefully someone can put me out of my self-inflicted misery. I read it in the late-90's or early-00's, borrowed from a library, though I'm not sure of when it was written.
In this book, humans are a spacefaring civilisation (though I don't recall anything about Earth being in it, and I don't recall anything about humanoid aliens) that use these glowing wisp things, I think they called "angels", for some purpose. Humans would capture these "angels" in space around some kind of space anomaly, I think called a "fountain", that I'm picturing as some kind of white hole. They would trap these "angels" in crystals or something, and I have a mental-image of people wearing them around their necks, possibly for good luck or protection.
There was some form of conflict, I think space battles between warring factions of humans or pirates, which may have been fought over the control of these "fountains".
It is revealed (not necessarily related to the conflict, but possibly) that these "angels" are actually some kind of sentient alien being, and they can possibly affect human minds in some way. It's possible that they slowly 'degrade' when they're trapped.
I think the book was left on a cliffhanger, so it may be part of a series... but if it is I can't be sure what I read was even the first of the series lol.
I'm sorry about the vagueness of the descriptions, it was quite a while ago and I can't be sure I'm not either combining multiple books (in which case, can anyone identify the multiple books?? haha) or just filling in pieces of one book with age-blurred imagination.
Not sure if this helps or turns out to be a red herring, but I think the word "Andromeda" is involved somehow.