Smoky or smokey quartz is a brown to black variety of quartz. Like other quartz gems, it is a silicon dioxide crystal. The smoky colour results from free silicon, formed from the silicon dioxide by natural irradiation.
Quartz is the biggest gemstone species of all and one of the most widely used in modern jewellery making. Smoky quartz, an extremely versatile stone which is part of the ‘Brown Quartz’ family, can appear in a range of soft, subtle colours including gentle yellowish brown, rich chocolate, dark charcoal-brown and nearly black. Smoky quartz is a crystalline quartz, as it consists of relatively large crystals that are usually visible to the unaided eye. Main sources of the stone include Africa, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Myanmar and Spain. Smoky quartz from the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland is called cairngorm. A very attractive stone, smoky quartz can produce optical effects such as cats-eyes and stars. Smoky Quartz provides mysterious colours, classy chine, and an elegant look. Because of the earthy-yet-dazzling look of this ancient stone, it works well with any style - and the healing properties it offers makes it a great addition to anyone's collection. Smoky quartz has a long history – beads of quartz have been found in caves in Israel that were occupied between 5,000 and 6,000 years ago. Many different types of quartz has been honoured through the ages and worn as an amulet to protect against bad luck and poor health. Smoky Quartz is regular clear quartz crystal with carbon trapped inside. It looks as though someone free-framed the smoke from a stick of incense of a bonfire. The smoke within the stone is transparent yet strong, and each stone almost has patterns locked inside of it that can be seen when the stone is examined.
Because of the dark and brooding colors locked within the healing quartz stone, it is believed to soak up dark feelings of depression and sadness to relieve the person who wears it from their woes. The earthy carbon and smoke colors within Smoky Quartz help those with too much mental energy stay grounded and calm no matter what happens in their minds. Because this stone soaks up excess energy, it is a great piece for thos looking for more relaxation and serenity in their lives. Smoky Quartz has long been used as a stone that clears the mind, relieves tension, opens the intuition, and absorbs negativity before it causes problems for the person wearing it. I enjoy using Smoky Quartz in partnership with natural wood as it gives a real earthy feel and the neutral tones are really versatile meaning pieces can be warn at any time.