Quartz, Smoky (India)
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 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.
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 short.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Smoky Quartz was artisanally-mined near Karur, Tamil Naidu, India.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Smoky Quartz was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is owned by a woman and is a family business.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met the owner of the lapidary in 2014 at the Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. It was my first buying trip for my own store and I was nervous. Most lapidary owners were brisk and impatient with my questions, especially when I asked about the mines and the supply chains. But one man stood out to me as particularly patient and kind. He had been a whole-seller for over twenty years, yet he was happy to meet someone brand-new to the industry.
He took time to talk to me about the stones. They came from his home country of India and he was able to tell me exactly which state or territory each one came from and some of the conditions at the individual mines. When I told him that I wanted to source ethically, he said that it would be difficult, but that it was worthwhile challenge. He made me feel like I could succeed, both at ethical sourcing and at being a business woman.
I looked forward to a long business relationship with him. He died, unexpectedly, in 2016.
I stayed in touch with his family and in 2017 met his wife, teenage daughter, and his father. This three-generation family has picked up the pieces and learned how to run the business. The wife had never worked before, but she has gracefully stepped into her new role as a business owner. Her father-in-law offers practical and moral support, but makes sure that everyone knows that SHE is the boss and that checks should be written directly to her. The family continues to be supportive of my efforts to ethically source. More than any other lapidary, they are willing to speak openly with me about the difficult parts of the industry.
Safe Handling of Smoky Quartz
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. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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