Smoky Quartz | Meaning and Properties

smoky quartz mineral speckled with garnet

An Introduction to 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 brown corundum.

Colour of this distinctive variety of the mineral quartz can vary from light brown to yellowish brown to a shade of brown that's so dark it almost appears to be black.  It's a translucent mineral which often forms large crystals with few inclusions and because of its abundance, it's generally not particularly expensive.  Cairngorm is a variety of smoky quartz that's mined on Cairn Gorm a mountain in the eastern Highlands of Scotland.  Stones from this locality have a smoky yellowish brown colour but may also be greyish brown.

When used for crystal healing smoky quartz is said to have the ability to transform negative energy and is particularly effective in dealing with anger and resentment.  It's useful for alleviating panic attacks, anxiety and nightmares and can form a shield around the user to protect them from negative energy.

On Mohs scale of mineral hardness it grades 7 which makes it ideal for use as a lapidary material.  It can be found in several locations worldwide including Australia, Brazil, India, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Russia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Ukraine, Switzerland and USA.

The smoky quartz in the photograph at the top of the page is courtesy of Stan Celestian



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