10 Facts About Smoky Quartz

Posted on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 in Gemstones.

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  1. Smoky quartz is a transparent gemstone that comes in a variety of different shades of brown, from a light tan to nearly black (referred to as morion). Those that have a deep brown color tend to be the most valuable type of smoky quartz.
  2. The brown color comes from natural radiation interacting with aluminum traces in the crystal. This process occurs over a period of several million years, with longer periods creating darker shades.
  3. In 12th century China, the first sunglasses were created with flat planes of smoky quartz.
  4. Smoky quartz is believed to protect against danger and mishap and neutralize negative energy.
  5. Notable sources for smoky quartz include Brazil, Madagascar, Mozambique, Australia, Switzerland, Scotland, and the United States.
  6. Like its name implies, smoky quartz is a member of the quartz mineral family, which makes up about 12% of the earth’s crust. Other quartz gemstones include amethyst and citrine.
  7. There are several health benefits associated with smoky quartz. The gemstone is thought to relieve headaches and protect against ailments in the kidneys, pancreas, hips, and legs.
  8. Smoky quartz is the national gemstone of Scotland. In fact, Scotland has been associated with smoky quartz for over two thousand years.
  9. With a rating of 7 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, smoky quartz is durable enough to be worn every day, but does require more care compared to harder gemstones like diamonds, sapphires, or rubies.
  10. A peaceful night of sleep is believed to be in store for those with a smoky quartz nearby.

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