Quartz, Smoky (Light)

Gentle Balance

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!


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Mineralogy of Smoky Quartz


Mineral Family: Tectosilicate

Chemical Composition: SiO2 
Cleavage: None
Color: Brown, grey or black
Crystal System: Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit: Prismatic
Fracture: Conchoidal, very brittle
Gravity: 2.65
Hardness: 7
Luminescence: None
Luster: Vitreous
Streak: White
Transparency: Transparent

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.Whiskey Quartz Mine Locations

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 

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Photos: Smoky Quartz Crystal

History of Smoky QuartzDirk

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.

cairn gorm

Cairn Gorm, Photograph by Donald Ford

Photos: Scottish Dagger, Cairn Gorm

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 also makes 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.

Smoky Quartz Tumbled Stone

Color: Light greyish-brown.  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, while International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

Supply Chain: Traveling Earth to Pocket, this stone would have traded hands only four times.

The miners sells directly to the tumbler.  The tumbler sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.  Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

Safe Handling of Smoky Quartz

Cleaning Healing Crystals

There are many ways to cleanse, charge, and set intentions with crystals.

Before cleaning your healing crystals, always consider the geology of each stone.  Some stones are sensitive to water and/or sunlight.  Best Practice is to keep your stones out of direct sunlight when you’re not working with them, simply because the sunlight will fade the crystal’s color over time.  This is especially true for transparent and translucent gems.  Remember crystals grow underground where it’s nice and dark!  Stones that are formed in dry desert conditions may be harmed by immersion in water.  This is especially true for fragile and porous stones.

One of the easiest and most effective way to energetically clean crystals is to smudge them with smoke from plants like sage, juniper, cedar, lavender, tobacco, etc.  Each plant has its own unique smell and spiritual property.  Moonrise Crystals smudges with white mountain sage (for cleansing) and sweet grass (for kindness) before the crystals are sent to their forever home with you.

Other common ways to energetically clean healing crystals are to set stones near a piece of Carnelian, Citrine, Kyanite, Selenite or other stones that are energy purifiers.  Be sure to pamper the purifying stones regularly so that they can continue to do their job properly.  Citrine and Kyanite are self-cleansers that don’t “need” extra care.  But they will love getting extra attention from you!

If a stone is doing a lot of heavy energetic work, one of the best ways to restore its energy reserves is to allow it to rest on the earth, next to a plant.  A potted plant inside the house works just fine.  Let the crystal rest overnight or longer, until its energy feels bright and sparkly again.

Charging and Setting Intentions with Healing Crystals

There is no right/wrong way to charge and set intentions.  But here’s a few ways that it’s done at Moonrise Crystals.

Cleanse the crystals and yourself.  It is good to take the time to physically clean stones before doing spiritual work.  It sets a tone of purity, respect, and reverence.  Hold the crystals or be near them.  Sing or talk to the stones.  Tell them about yourself and what you are working on.  Ask them for their help.  You don’t need to use any special words, simply speak from the heart.  Treat the crystals like your best friends and closest allies.    They want to help you.

If you feel shy or awkward, you can also write your message on a piece of paper and set the stones on top of it.  Music, including singing bowls, can also be used.  The most important thing is simply to be present with the stones and focused on setting the intention.

This can be done at any time, day or night.  However, nighttime is often a particularly good time for setting intentions.  Take the crystals outside, if possible.  You can talk to your crystals outside, or you may just want to sit near them and meditate or pray.

  • During the Full Moon, energy is amplified.  It is also a wonderful time to celebrate in the bright light when your intentions are already going well and you want to keep the trend going.
  • The New Moon is a time for new beginnings. The darkness is like planting a seed underground.  It will grow up into the Light.
  • Eclipses, meteorite showers, and other astronomical events will add their own unique energy.
  • Knowing where the moon is astrologically, can also add a fun element to intention setting.  The moon changes signs every 2-3 days.


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    The Smoky Quartz with rainbows – and so many other wonderful planes and seemingly shifting shapes inside it arrived yesterday and is absolutely all I hoped for and more. I do think this Smoky Quartz with its clouds-and-rain interior mingled with radiantly colorful rainbows has a clear message that may be simple, but that bears repeating again and again.

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