Smoky Quartz is a translucent crystal that comes in shades of light to dark brown. The brown color symbolizes grounding which is why this stone is known for its grounding and calming effect. Smoky Quartz also brings emotional stability, peace, protection and ability to absorb negative energy. Read more about smoky quartz at the bottom of the page!
We have a variety of unique smoky quartz forms including tumbled smoky quartz, raw pieces, clusters, spheres, points and more. We also have some smoky quartz jewelry including rings, bracelets and necklaces for everyday wear!
Smoky quartz is a member of the quartz family or crystals.The name of this crystal comes from its smoky appearance. This is caused by the natural radiation from the soil combined with elements of aluminium within it. The process is truly fascinating and it takes millions of years, the longer the gemstone is unmined the richer the shade will be. People do sometimes try to mimic this type by heat-treating them (I will always note this if I carry this kind). You can see an example at the bottom of the page.
Smoky Quartz is a silicon dioxide crystal. It’s a particularly durable crystal with a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. It is also known as a piezoelectric gem that can carry electrical charge when exposed to an applied voltage.
What does Smoky Quartz Look Like?
Smoky Quartz is a transparent crystal found in a color range of yellowish-tan to a dark brown crystal that is almost black.When cut as a gem, stones may have an orangish or reddish tone due to inclusions of iron or hematite. Smoky Quartz will most often be found in large crystals and have a hexagonal shape of 6 sides when it grows as a natural cluster.
A few other identifying factors of smoky quartz are its few inclusions and its coloring. Natural smoky quartz often has a more vibrant or darker coloration in the tips of its points. Additionally, the stone is sensitive to ultraviolet light and will become pale when exposed to sunlight for a long time.
Smoky Quartz is a very common crystal that makes up approximately 12% of the Earth’s crust and is most commonly found in cracks of igneous and metamorphic rocks. The yellowish-brown coloring comes from natural radiation and aluminum impurities.
More often than not, if you see a VERY dark brown, almost black colored smoky quartz, it has been irradiated manually (versus the sun) to increase the depth of the color.Technically this makes it a heat-treated smoky quartz.
Where does Smoky Quartz Come from?
Smoky Quartz is the national gemstone of Scotland, often referred to as the ‘cairngorm’ after the Cairngorm mountains where it was found. Crystals from this particular place are rarely found, but thankfully this stone is available in many different countries all over the globe. Brazil, Switzerland, Mozambique, the United States and Madagascar are just some of the sources for this beautiful stone.
Smoky Quartz is one of the most powerful anchoring stones. It carries Earth energies which help with grounding and healing of the root chakra. Thus, having this crystal in your life can help you feel more stable and able to stand up for yourself when needed. If you are looking for protection against negativity, this is the ideal gemstone. It also increases survival instincts and helps with reaching personal and business goals by bringing in abundance and prosperity. All of these energies combined make Smoky Quartz clusters your spiritual compass, clearing the path ahead and helping you in making better decisions.
This crystal is known for its grounding abilities and ability to remove and block negative energy, detoxify the body and energy field from lower vibrations. People will often place smoky quartz stones around their home to add a barrier of energy protection from the outside world. In addition to offering being a crystal for protection and healing energies, smoky quartz is also said to help provide a feeling of being nurtured.
Smoky Quartz How to Use
Smoky Quartz comes in a variety of forms that can be carried around such as jewelry or tumbles, or placed in the home with raw Smoky Quartz clusters or even polished points and shapes. And people will often create a Smoky Quartz barrier around their home to absorb negative external energies.It is also a wonderful gift for those born in November as it is considered one of the birthstones of that month.
We love using Smoky Quartz to balance the energy center of the Root Chakra for some extra security in life.
Crystals That Work With Smoky Quartz
One crystal that pairs beautifully with Smoky Quartz is Amethyst. The combination of these two stones creates a powerful synergy, balancing the grounding energy of Smoky Quartz with the spiritual and intuitive qualities of Amethyst. This duo is ideal for promoting a sense of calm, spiritual growth, and protection.
Another crystal that works well with Smoky Quartz is Clear Quartz. Clear Quartz amplifies the energy of other crystals, so when combined with Smoky Quartz, it enhances its grounding and protective properties. This combination is excellent for creating a strong energetic shield, purifying negative energies, and promoting mental clarity.
Rose Quartz, the stone of love and compassion, also complements Smoky Quartz. Together, they create a harmonious blend of nurturing and grounding energy, allowing for emotional healing, self-love, and a deeper connection with the Earth's energy.
Lastly, Black Tourmaline is a powerful protective stone that pairs well with Smoky Quartz. This combination forms a potent shield against negativity, electromagnetic radiation, and psychic attacks. It promotes a sense of stability, grounding, and energetic purification.
More About Smoky Quartz
This crystal has a glassy feel and look and is quite hard; it is a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. Although hard, It is very brittle. When broken, the pieces of quartz will break in a pattern known as conchoidal fractures. These fractures will be rounded and look like a seashell. This type of fracture is a good identification tool to separate genuine crystals from fake ones.
Smoky Quartz Localities:Most commonly found in Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, the United States, and Scotland. (Smoky quartz is the national gemstone of Scotland)