Quartz, Smoky (South Africa)
Be in perfect alignment within your body, mind, and spirit.
Create positive long-term habits for your Highest Good.
Ground yourself in the moment so feel stable and safe.
Enhance cooperation, communication, and business sense.
Let Smoky Quartz bring you into graceful harmony!
Healing Properties of Smoky Quartz
Spiritual: Smoky Quartz is a stone which promises us that we are stronger and more resilient than we know. It gives us support during hard times and increases our ability to handle stress and great sorrow. It can also help us to stay grounded when working with high-vibrational energies. It is particularly helpful for Shamans and holistic healers who want to utilize powerful energies better and bring them down into our physical bodies. Smoky Quartz has strong protective and purifying properties, and reminds us to be discerning and careful about who we claim as our spiritual teachers and associates. Smoky Quartz is attuned to the Root and Solar Plexus Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Sagittarius, Capricorn. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the numbers 2 and 8.
Emotional: Smoky Quartz has a grounding and relaxing energy that is particularly helpful during times of high-stress. It helps us to focus on solutions to our problems, rather than dwelling on our current emotional state. Smoky Quartz can be a gentle companion for anyone suffering from depression. It helps us to engage more with the world around us and to feel how blessed we are to be alive, here and now. It slowly but surely, helps to dissolve negative energies and blocks which cause us pain. Smoky Quartz shows us how to live in balance and to live in the Now.
Mental: Smoky Quartz helps us to look at the world and ourselves realistically and pragmatically. To “call a spade, a spade” and not worry about what is. Instead, Smoky Quartz encourages us to concentrate on problem-solving and appropriate actions. It helps us to set aside emotions that are not helpful. These emotions won’t just be buried, ready to come back out later. Instead, Smoky Quartz allows us to simply acknowledge the emotions for what they are, and come to peace with them without needing to further process through them. Smoky Quartz is excellent for preventing nightmares. It is also an excellent talisman for business people and can also help us to be more cooperative and to act as team-players.
Physical: Smoky Quartz has been used by metaphysical healers to heal illnesses caused by chronic stress. It is believed to help protect us from radiation, and so is often carried by cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. It is also commonly used for protection from electromagnetic fields. Smoky Quartz is said to help with back problems and to help heal conditions in the hands and feet.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Smoky Quartz
Mineral Family: Tectosilicate
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Color: Brown, grey or black
Crystal System: Hexagonal/trigonal
Fracture: Conchoidal, very brittle
Location: Smoky Quartz has been found all over the world. The most important deposits are located in: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Ghana, Hungary, India, Madagascar, Mozambique, Scotland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
Mineral Family: Smoky Quartz is a type of brown, grey, or black Quartz, which is in turn a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Quartz is a large mineral family in its own right and its members come in every shade of the rainbow. Colorless Quartz is called Clear Quartz, or Rock Crystal. Purple Quartz is Amethyst. Yellow Quartz is Citrine. Green Quartz is Prasiolite. Pink Quartz is Rose Quartz. Brown Quartz is Smoky Quartz.
Formation: Smoky Quartz is created when liquid magma from a volcanic explosion cools down and transforms into igneous rocks. During this cooling down period, silica acid bubbles shift from being a gas/liquid into a solid compound. The bubble becomes a hollow space in the igneous rock and the silica acid becomes Quartz crystals. If no trace elements are present to change its color, the silica acid becomes Clear Quartz. Smoky Quartz’s color comes from being naturally irradiated.
Mining: Smoky Quartz is typically found near or within Amethyst mines, and so is mined as a secondary mineral.
Enhancements: Smoky Quartz can be artificially created by treating clear Quartz or less-valuable shades of Smoky Quartz with radium or x-rays, a process which will further irradiate the stone and bring out a more valuable shade of brown or dark grey. However, many of the Smoky Quartz pieces on the market are fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Synonyms: Cairngorm, Morion, Smoky Topaz
History of Smoky Quartz
Smoky Quartz was not included as a distinct mineral in most early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. However, it does have some ancient history associated with it. It is the national gem of Scotland and as such it is often used in Highland apparel, in jewelry, kilt pins, and shoulder brooches. It also is used as a power stone on the hilts of swords and knives, particularly the Scottish dagger sgian dubh, which is worn in the sock.
Smoky Quartz has been mined in the Cairn Gorm Mountains of Scotland since approximately 300 BC. It is intimately tied to Celtic culture, particular Scottish Highlander culture. While the name Smoky Quartz is used worldwide, it only dates back to 1837. Prior to that, the gem was called Cairngorm, after the mountain where it was first mined. Today, the name Smoky Quartz is often used to refer to grey or brown Quartz, while the new term of “Whiskey Quartz” is used to describe the golden-brown varieties.
Ethically Sourced Smoky Quartz
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Smoky Quartz is a Byproduct of industrial copper mine in Namakwa District, South Africa.
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This Smoky Quartz was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
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I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Safe Handling of Smoky Quartz
Smoky Quartz Tumbled Stone
Color: Dark brown, translucent. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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