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Natural Smoky Quartz

Everything you need to know about Natural Smoky Quartz.

IDENTIFICATION

Natural Smoky Quartz is a microcrystalline variety of the mineral Quartz crystal (SiO2) and it is measured as having a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale. 

Smoky Quartz is a type of Quartz that gets its black and/or smoky colour from natural radiation (in reference to the proximity of other radioactive minerals) or natural irradiation. This particular Quartz variety forms in masses and crystal structures of all sizes.

Brazil is the current source for most of the world's Natural Smoky Quartz used in jewellery. Madagascar is another important producer of Smoky Quartz in commercial quantities. Smoky Quartz is the national gem of Scotland, where it is called “cairngorm” after the Cairngorm Mountains.

 

Pay close attention to who you buy your natural Smoky Quartz from. This is due to it commonly being artificially created from Clear Quartz. This process is done by introducing the Quartz to intensive exposure to x-rays and has taken over a big chunk of the market.

Check for air bubbles: air bubbles generally mean it's glass. If it looks too perfect, it is probably is fake. The main way to tell the difference between quartz and glass is 'magnification' especially during the polishing process. If you put your crystal over words in a book or a magazine, real quartz does not magnify the words, only enhanced slightly depending on the shape.

Natural Smoky Quartz best combines with:

  • Epidote: Epidote is a natural enhancer that will allow you to open your eyes and bring clarity to the many decisions you face. By using these stones together it will help one speak from the heart when pursuing your most desired dreams. 
  • Black Tourmaline & Black Kyanite: Meditating with one or all of these stones to help with the organization of thoughts, ideas, and interests. 
  • Amethyst: When pairing these crystals, you will be able to more clearly see your own desires for what they are.
  • Aquamarine: These 2 combined can help you to dig deep into your spirituality to find out what it is that you genuinely want.
  • Element: Earth
  • Planet: Earth. Saturn, Sun
  • Zodiac: Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn
  • Chakras: Sacral, Root and Solar Plexus

HISTORY 

Natural Smoky Quartz was known as a Stone of Power. To the ancient Druids, it was sacred and signified the potent dark power of Earth gods and goddesses. In other cultures it guided souls to the afterlife, served in shamanistic rituals and tribal ceremonies, and was utilized in magic and scrying to connect with spirits of the lower worlds. Smoky Quartz’s phenomenal power, then and now, lies in its ability to protect and ground one physically and spiritually to this world, and to absorb and transmute significant amounts of negative energy and release it into the Earth to be neutralized naturally. It provides a vital shield against psychic attack, emotional and environmental stress, and is used extensively in healing and meditation.

The name Smoky Quartz was first heard of in the realm of gemstones in 1837. It was reported by mineralogist James Dwight Dana who named the brown Quartz crystal as such due to its semblance to smoke. Scotland is the country known to have a wealth of historical associations with Smoky Quartz.

It was popular for making snuff bottles in China, and was also popular in ancient times with the Romans, who used the stone for carving intaglio seals. The Sumerians cut and engraved various quartz stones as cylinder seals and used them later as ring seals.

SPIRITUAL ATTRIBUTES

As a great stone for clearing out blockages, it’s no surprise to hear that Natural Smoky Quartz is rich with metaphysical magic. While ultimately a grounding stone that works in complete harmony to encourage a healthy Root Chakra, the different varieties of Smoky Quartz can also help unfold your other chakras too depending on which kind you choose.

All versions of Smoky Quartz are definitely good news for your Root Chakra, working to keep you protected, grounded, and poised for receiving a glut of positive vibrations. Its energy can also creep up to the Solar Plexus Chakra, the place of transformation, personal power, and all that wild and wonderful warrior energy. Say farewell to negative energy when you welcome Natural Smoky Quartz into your world to get your Base Chakras back in balance.

PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES

As one of the worlds great absorbers, Natural Smoky Quartz is a great tool to have close by to soak up all that EMF smog. If you are someone who is sensitive to the effects of electromagnetic smog, then your Smoky Quartz crystal is here to mop it all up and leave you protected and clear from tip to toe.

It also works by blocking geopathic stress. Natural Smoky Quartz is a long deep tonic for your nerves, it settles flittering thoughts that lead to anxiety and instead invites you to sit in calm contemplation and without fear. We all know that fear and anxiety has a direct impact on the body, and Natural Smoky Quartz ensures that those tension headaches are no more and that your sleep is soft and rich and gives your physical cells time to heal. As mentioned, Natural Smoky Quartz is also a great stone for those undergoing a detox. It helps the body to absorb what it needs and works in harmony to flush out whatever isn’t serving you.

Natural Smoky Quartz comes with a long list of healing properties that entwine the body, mind, and soul. One of its biggest strengths is the fact that it is a glorious grounding stone, ever ready to keep you connected to the here and now without falling down the slippery slope of overwhelm. Natural Smoky Quartz is like a great big deep breath. It nurtures and neutralises and makes you feel safe and sure no matter what.

EMOTIONAL ATTRIBUTES

Natural Smoky Quartz will stop your good vibes getting drowned out. It turns those desperate downpours into cleansing rains and invites the light of the moon to infuse your being with bright energy and intuitive knowledge that you are safe and sound. By clearing out those old patterns and feelings of toxicity, Natural Smoky Quartz does a deep clean on your healing and makes sure that positive frequencies have space to hum and thrive.

It’s a glorious stone for personal growth as it wants you to thrive. Natural Smoky Quartz can be a special tool for overcoming fears that keep you in place and for encouraging you to ditch situations that aren’t serving your higher purpose. If you have been feeling displaced in the world, Natural Smoky Quartz can be a great healing device for getting you to reconnect to the physical and the spiritual places you inhabit.

ETHICAL SOURCING 

Our Smoky quartz is mainly sourced from Brazil and Africa. Our polished stones, Jewellery and raw material are sourced and carved in Brazil. All of our raw material is from the Minas Gerais State. When we purchase a specific quality we will order from our two suppliers in Madagascar, who extracts the Smoky quartz from the Antananarivo Province. Both suppliers work on a low environmentally impact environment and are industry, family run professionals. They all have in house lapidary services and they are one of the few direct sources for Brazil and Madagascan Rose Quartz. Our suppliers in Madagascar are community friendly, they give back and support local families with work and provide the children with a better education and life-style. All factory workers and miners are working in safe conditions and are paid fairly. 

None of our suppliers work with children under age. It is illegal in most countries now to mine with children, the businesses we work with comply and are registered under the Ethical sourcing conduct.

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