The Smoky Quartz gemstone is the brown and ‘smoky’ variety of Quartz ranging from light grayish-brown to deep black in color and believed to possess properties of optimism, strength, and stability. Smoky Quartz has been a part of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese philosophy. The Celts, who colonized the British Isles, mined the brownish-gray Quartz in the Cairngorm Mountains of the Scottish Highlands, calling the dark brown to black crystals they found Morion. Brazil is the leading producer of smoky quartz followed by Madagascar which is also an important producer of the gemstone in commercial quantities. Smoky Quartz deposits generally associated with Amazonite (another mineral) are also found near Pike’s Peak in Colorado, United States. Russia, Ukraine, and Switzerland are other notable regions.
Quality And Appearance
Smoky Quartz is chemically composed of silicon dioxide and is a colored variety of crystalline quartz. It is commonly found in huge crystals of great transparency. The smoky color results from free silicon formed from the silicon dioxide by natural irradiation. The color of Smoky Quartz ranges from light yellowish to a dark, nearly black brown. They are also found in a grayish brown color. Its orangish and reddish brown colors are the most preferred colors for gems. Lesser quality stones often of lighter shades are tumbled into beads or cut as cabochons. It is an inexpensive gem material due to its abundance and formation in several locations across the globe.
Smoky Quartz Buying Guide: Look for smoky but consistent deep brown hues. The stone must be devoid of cracks and unevenness. The price ranges around $3 per carat making smoky quartz a relatively cheaper stone.
The Smoky Quartz stone is believed to possess excellent stabilizing properties. It is believed to help overcome negative emotions and even depression as it connects and balances the root chakra.
According to Gempro healing experts, the smoky quartz can be used to relieve any stress, tension or anxiety and also to eradicate worry and doubt in the moments of chaos and confusion. Due to these reasons, it is also referred to as ‘the mood elevator’ stone. It offers strength and stability and also delivers a sense of pride and individuality to every wearer. The gemstone also keeps it wearer grounded and balanced in any situation and allows them to function in a better state of consciousness.
Whether it’s a tough exam or a difficult task in a workspace, the Smoky Quartz properties of promoting practical, rational thought processes and improving calculation and organization can prove to be very useful for students and employees. The Smoky Quartz is also believed to possess guarding properties. We at Gempro recommend its use as a guarding stone to help guard your homes and possessions against theft, damage, and accidents. Place stones of Smoky Quartz is areas with electronics and lend to it the important job of absorbing and transmuting electromagnetic radiation which is one of its trademark healing benefits. The stone’s beautiful and versatile shades can each add a bold yet gentle, modern and unique touch to any surrounding if placed and prove to be an astounding and eye-catchy room decor item.
The Smoky Quartz attracts attention easily due to its appealing beauty and shine. Although the brown color may seem a bit dull at times, its right use can bring a super sleek and bold look. Gempro suggests styling necklaces of these gemstones with off-shoulder dresses or crew neck outfits showcasing their dazzling yet subtle glisten. They can also be accessorized as a pair of studs, pendants or bangles to compliment clothing of different shades like white, blue, mint and beige. Rings of gold and silver featuring Smoky Quartz stones can add a beautiful and elegant touch to any look. Due to its dark brown color, it is also often used in men’s rings and cufflinks.
During the Victorian Period, these stones were collected from the Mourne Mountains of Ireland and used in mourning jewelry.
The Smoky Quartz is a powerful stone that offers clarity and strength to its wearer along with the motivation to lead a happy, balanced and secure life. We at Gempro highly recommend everyone to utilize its benefits in the form of gems, pendants, jewels and more.
Smoky Quartz is the National Gem of Scotland and has been considered a sacred stone there for a long time, a belief dating back to the ancient Druids.
Smoky Quartz Gemstone Specifications
- Species: Quartz
- Alternate Names: Cairngorm, Morion, Latte Quartz, Whiskey Quartz
- Month: October, November, December
- Element: Earth
- Colors: Black, Brown and Gray
- Hardness: 7
- Zodiac: Scorpio, Capricorn and Sagittarius
- Property: Strength and Clarity