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Stone of the Week: Smokey Quartz
Smokey Quartz beads at Fall Hill Bead and Gem

Stone of the Week: Smokey Quartz

Smokey Quartz beads at Fall Hill Bead and Gem
Smokey Quartz beads at Fall Hill Bead and Gem

Smokey Quartz is yet another ancient gemstone. It has a long, storied history amongst humans, both modern and ancient, who have long prized as a gemstone, as well as a preferred stone for carvings and beads. Its beautiful smokey brown hue is the result of a long, slow exposure to the Earth’s natural radiation present in the elements or nearby rocks. The ancient Egyptians used it to carve scarabs and beads

smokey quartz scarab
modern interpretation of an ancient design

the Romans used it to carve their intricate intaglio seals

carved Smokey Quartz Roman vessel - Christie's
carved Smokey Quartz Roman vessel – Christie’s

 

roman intalgio
roman intalgio

and the Chinese carved it into inticate snuff bottles.
antique chinese snuff bottles
It is the national gemstone of Scotland, and has been long associated with the Druids as a sacred stone. Most of the Smokey Quartz beads on the market today come from Brazil and China, but there are specimens from all over the world, including:

China

Smokey Quartz and Garnet at Fall Hill Bead and Gem
Smokey Quartz and Garnet at Fall Hill Bead and Gem

California

smokey quartz from California
California Smokey Quartz at Fall Hill Bead and Gem

Australia

Morella Smoky Quartz
Morella Smokey Quartz at Fall Hill Bead and Gem

Brazil

Brazilian Smokey Quartz
Brazilian Smokey Quartz

Malawi (Africa)

Malawi Smokey Quartz at Fall Hill Bead and Gem
Malawi Smokey Quartz at Fall Hill Bead and Gem

Colorado

smokey quartz and amazonite, Colorado - John Betts
smokey quartz and amazonite, Colorado – John Betts

We even get Smokey Herkimers here in New York! While Herkimer Diamonds are known worldwide as the clearest and finest quartz in the world, but did you know we find absolutely exquisite Smokey Herkimer Diamonds as well?

Smokey Herkimer Diamond, Herkimer County New York
Smokey Herkimer Diamond, Herkimer County New York
Smokey Herkimer Diamond, Herkimer County, New York
Smokey Herkimer Diamond, Herkimer County, New York

Metaphysically, is thought to be grounding, connecting the bearer/wearer to the Earth. It is also one of the few stones thought to transmute negative energy, turning it into positive. It is used to aid cooperation in a group setting, and has long been thought to relieve pain. Many people use it while meditating to help unlock a higher state of awareness.

tumbled smokey quartz
tumbled Smokey Quartz

From a design standpoint, Smokey Quartz is an extremely versatile stone, pairing well with other Quartz such as Amethyst, Rose Quartz or Herkimer Diamonds. It is also attractive paired with the sky blue Amazonite, its partner out in the natural world. It is used in finished jewelry in a variety of ways, usually cut and faceted but occasionally it shows up in its natural form:

Smokey Quartz and Spessartine Garnet Pendant at Fall Hill Bead and Gem
Smokey Quartz and Spessartine Garnet Pendant at Fall Hill Bead and Gem

What’s not to love about such a multi-faceted gemstone? Whether it’s in your collection as a specimen or around your neck as jewelry, it’s a stone that connects to our ancient human roots.

africanqueen by KC Carving
africanqueen by KC Carving

 
 

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