Quartz is the second most abundant mineral on Earth, only after feldspar, and makes up about 20% of the Earth’s crust. Due to its generous quantity and versatility, Smoky Quartz is extremely affordable. It is part of the cryptocrystalline quartz family. Its unique color comes from exposure to low-grade radiation from thorium and uranium that is in the ground around deposits. Quartz is made up mainly of silicone dioxide which is the main component in sand and is found throughout the world.
Here are some other interesting facts about its properties, characteristics and the metaphysical significance of the gemstone called Smoky Quartz.
General Information About Smoky Quartz
The original discovery of Smoky Quartz is unknown. However, it has been found that it has been used for centuries throughout the world. For instance, it was once used as the panes in sunglasses and for snuff boxes in China during the 12th century. It was also used in ancient times by the Romans who used it to create official seals, the Sumerians for ring seals and to write on and the Egyptians for adornments in statues and jewelry.
Scotland is the country with the longest recorded history with the gemstone having been used by the Celts as early as 300 B.C. They were called Morion for the darker crystals and Cairngorm for the the lighter variety after the mountains where they were mined. They were frequently made into jewelry, kilt pins, shoulder brooches and used as power stones in weaponry. One of the most well-known forms was in the Scottish “sock knife” dagger called the sgian dubh.
They were also used by the Druids during worship, as adornments in ceremonial knives and for kilt pins. Today it continues to be used throughout the world during rituals. It remains so popular and coveted, in fact, that in Scotland it has been named the nation’s National Gem.
Properties of Smoky Quartz
Alternative Names: Cairngorm, Smoky Topaz, Morion or Smoky Citrine;
Varieties: Morion (a very dark brown to black opaque variety) and Caimgorm (a smoky yellow-brown to gray-brown color);
Hardness: 7 but it can be lower in impure varieties;
Color: Brown to gray and sometimes black;
Transparency: Transparent to almost opaque;
Luster: Vitreous which can be waxy to dull when massive;
Habit: 6-sided prism ending in a 6-sided pyramid – drusy, fine-grained to microcrystalline and massive;
Smoky quartz deposits are often found in igneous and metamorphic rocks. It is created when small amounts of aluminum form in quartz and then are irradiated by exposure to natural radioactivity. The better quality Smoky Quartz is created in hot, hydrothermal veins and has been found weighing up to 650 pounds. Crystals contain gas in the form of carbon dioxide, both water and liquid carbon dioxide and solids in the form of rutile. These crystals are so small they cannot be seen even under magnification. That makes them attractive, durable and hard.
Metaphysical Details About Smoky Quartz
Many people use Smoky Quartz to absorb the negativity that’s all around them. By sucking up toxic energies, it allows you to get rid of painful emotions. By bringing negative energies into the light, they can be dissolved gently so you can work through difficult situations more efficiently. They can also be mixed with other stones that pull positive energy towards you. It serves to amplify the power of the other stones while serving as the most powerful stone in the gem world for negating electromagnetic stress by purifying and clearing the environment.
Smoky Quartz is related to the root chakra and is an Earth stone. It is the foundation of the chakra system where higher chakras are anchored to the Earth and world. As a result, it helps bring balance to life, links us to the highest realms of being and amplifies the truth of everything around it. It’s said that the truth can set you free. When it comes to Smoky Quartz, however, it can also provide the road-map needed to get to where you want to be.
Smoky Quartz, due to its association with the higher crown chakra, works as a spiritual satellite that connects Heaven and Earth. With its subtle shades of brown, it works to reconnect us to Earth and its life-giving soil making it one of the best options for grounding yourself. The gem is also considered the aspirin of your crystal healing first aid kit. By healing the root chakra, you will be empowered to confidently face whatever life may bring.
How to Wear Smoky Quartz
When worn in a classic point pendant style, Smoky Quartz can be a highly effective crystal. By wearing it around your neck you’ll be able to harness its energy. You can also paste pieces around your house in spots where the energy seems to be disrupted and/or negative. It is highly effective for use with meditation and Reiki treatments when the stones are placed at the soles of your feet or at your groin area.
In feng shui, Smoky Quartz is used as a protective stone as well as to ground energy. It works best when placed near the front door. The gemstone can also be placed in a child’s room, close to big windows or in a home office. Although more expensive, a smoky quartz tower/generator for your home will enhance protection and grounding.
Where Can We Find Smoky Quartz Today?
Smoky Quartz is mined in Brazil, Madagascar, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland, Ukraine and the US. However, elsewhere in the world you’ll find it blended with other stones like in Nambia, Africa where the Brandberg Smoky Quartz is mined. It’s a blend of Amethyst, Clear Quartz and Smoky Quartz that becomes an extraordinary blend in one high-vibrational crystal.
The popularity of Smoky Quartz is due to its affordability, versatility and gorgeous look. In addition, it is often sought for the power of its metaphysical properties. It’s long history of use has also proved its worth over time. If you have Smoky Quartz that you use for its metaphysical properties or just because it’s beautiful we’d love to hear your story.