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Smoky Quartz Properties Facts and Photos

smoky quartz mineral speckled with garnet

About the Mineral Smoky Quartz

Smoky quartz is one of only a few black or brown coloured minerals from which gemstones are cut. Others include black beryl which is relatively rare and black and brown corundum.

The colour of smoky quartz can be light brown to yellowish brown to a shade so dark it almost looks black.  It can also be slightly grey.  These dark coloured crystals are known as morion.

Morion seems to have originated from the works of the ancient Roman author, naturalist and natural philosopher Pliny the Elder.  In the chapter on minerals in his encyclopaedia Naturalis Historia, he refers to mormorion as being a very dark translucent stone from India.  It's reported 'morion' was a misreading of this name. 

The colour of smoky quartz is caused when natural radiation from the surrounding rock interacts with impurities of aluminium.  Crystals can be transparent to translucent or look almost opaque in very dark varieties known as morion quartz.

Smoky quartz often forms large crystals with few inclusions.

With smoky quartz being so widely available it's generally not particularly expensive.

Cairngorm is a variety of smoky quartz mined on Cairn Gorm.  This mountain is located in the eastern Highlands of Scotland.  Stones from Cairn Gorm have a smoky yellowish brown colour but can also be greyish brown.

When used for its metaphysical properties smoky quartz repels negative energy.  It's particularly effective for dealing with anger and resentment.

It can help ease panic attacks, anxiety and nightmares and brings deep emotional calmness.

Smoky quartz can be found in several countries around the world. These include Australia, Brazil, India, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Russia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Ukraine, Switzerland and USA.

The smoky quartz with garnet in our photograph is courtesy of Stan Celestian.  The image is clickable and redirects to the original non-compressed photo. 

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