Smoky Quartz

Smoky quartz is a brownish grey, translucent variety of quartz that ranges in clarity from almost complete transparency to an almost-opaque brownish-gray or black crystal.

A staple of Victorian mourning jewelry, smoky quartz is the national gem of Scotland, where it was once produced abundantly from mines in the Cairngorm Mountains. Easily had in large sizes, this dark and brooding quartz is a good choice for a customer looking to make a statement.

Care

Smoky Quartz is rated “good” for everyday wear. Avoid direct sunlight and exposure to heat which may cause color to fade. Avoid contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Major Sources

Brazil, Madagascar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uruguay

Lore

Sometimes a whisper can say more - and say it more intriguingly - than shouting. This is the appeal of lustrous Smoky Quartz. With its voluptuous color and understated elegance, this sophisticated gemstone makes a powerful statement. The Victorians, who understood the rich expressiveness of restraint, used Smoky Quartz in mourning jewelry. Because high-quality stones are readily available in larger sizes, Smoky Quartz was also a popular gem in the late 1950s to 60s, when big, sparkling jewels were the rage.

While Smoky Quartz has ties that date back to the Victorian era, its delicious color makes it a perfect modern accessory. Robust and grounded, the brown hue of Smoky Quartz off-sets nature inspired designs. Not only fashions who take their cues directly from the natural world, but also art forms that are typically representative of Mother Nature’s grace such as Art Nouveau.

Brazil is our primary source for this shimmering gem. It is also found in the countries of Madagascar, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Uruguay. Whether you seek classic lines or modern fashions, Smoky Quartz is a gem for all seasons and fashions.