Geology/History

Smokey quartz is a translucent grey quartz variety. Ranging in clarity from almost complete transparency to a brownish-gray almost opaque crystal. Some specimens can also be black. Like other quartz gems, it is a silicon dioxide crystal. The smokey colour results from free silicon, formed from the silicon dioxide through natural irradiation.

Black varieties are called Morion. The Smoky quartz colour is sometimes deepened by man with radiation, alternatively heating will produce & enhance gold hues. This often turns the crystal quite black. Smokey is often given the trade names or misnomers of "Smoky Citrine" or "Smoky Topaz."

Metaphysical Meaning

The stone of serenity, comforting & calming. Smokey quartz is a very protective & grounding stone which strengthens links between the Earth, physical & higher selves helping to uncover ancient wisdom. Resonates with the root & crown chakra connection to all realms.

An excellent shielding stone bringing physical & psychic protection. Enables you to reach higher states of consciousness & stimulates Kundalini life force energy. Enhances survival instincts & channels Earth knowledge.

Helps to manifest goals bringing positivity & a view of what I need has already happened. Shifts ones perspective creating a sense of endless expansion & integrates your ancient soul into conscious understanding. This stone brings peace, abundance, prosperity & good luck.

Excellent for increasing positivity, overcoming negative emotions & relieving depression. Smoky quartz relieves stress, fear, jealousy, anger & all negative emotions by anchoring them into the Earth where they are transformed into positive energies of growth.

Enhances courage & inner strength showing us light in the dark. By embracing our darkness we find strength in understanding the illusion of our fears, then eternal power through embracing love.

Crystal Healing

Assists with kidneys, abdomen, pancreas, reproductive organs, menstrual cramps, fertility issues & removes toxins from the body. Helps the endocrine systems.  Relieves fluid retention & swelling. Addresses insomnia, nightmares, hyperactivity & attention deficit disorder.

Minerology 

Group: Quartz, Silicate-Tectosilicate

Crystal System: Trigonal

Composition: SiO2

Form/Habit: Prismatic

Hardness: 7

Cleavage: None

Fracture: Conchoidal

Lustre: Vitreous

Streak: White

Specific Gravity: 2.65

Transparency: Transparent, translucent, opaque

R.I: 1.544 to 1.553

Colour: Colourless, Brown, grey, black.

Birefringence: 0.009

Pleochroism: Dichroic

Causes of Colour: colour center related to the Al3+ impunity & irradiation.

Fluorescence: None

Quartz (named after a Slavic word for "hard") is the most common mineral found on the surface of the Earth & the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust, after feldspar. It is made up of a continuous framework of SiO4 silicon–oxygentetrahedra, with each oxygen being shared between two tetrahedra, giving an overall formula SiO2. A significant component of many igneous, metamorphic & sedimentary rocks. This natural form of silicon dioxide is found in an impressive range of varieties & colours.