If you are looking to learn more about the properties of, and smoky quartz meaning then read on! I'll also cover what smoky quartz typically looks like and a bit more on its history and localities it can be found.
What does Smoky Quartz Look Like?
Smoky Quartz is a transparent crystal found in a color range of yellowish-tan to a dark brown 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.
Smoky Quartz Meaning
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 the protection and healing energies, smoky quartz is also said to help provide a feeling of being nurtured.
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)
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