Smoky quartz is a type of clear quartz that is stained brown or black. The dark color occurs when free silicon within the stone is irradiated. This occurs naturally in the environment though it can be reproduced artificially in a laboratory. Lab-darkened quartz is often exceptionally dark and uniform in color. Smoky quartz is most commonly found in Brazil, Madagascar, and the Southwestern USA. A yellowish to greyish form called Cairngorm is found in the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland.
Very dark, opaque smoky quartz is called morion.
Smoky quartz may also be spelled smokey quartz. It may also be called Smokey topaz or smoky citrine.
History and Folklore
In China during the 12th century, smoky quartz was used to make sunglasses. It was also used in China to make snuff bottles. The Romans and Sumerians used smoky quartz to make seals.
Smoky quartz is the national gem of Scotland where it is often called cairngorm because it was found in the Cairngorm Mountains. It is used there for jewelry and to decorate kilt pins and knife handles.
Smoky quartz is a birthstone for Scorpio.
Smoky Quartz Correspondences
Smokey Quartz in Healing and Magic
Smoky quartz is used to protect against all forms of bad luck and to enhance energy flow through the hands. It increases creativity and intuition and transforms depression and pessimistic thought into joy and optimism.
Body: Smokey quartz is useful for removing toxins and excess fluids in the body and for stimulating the digestive system to absorb minerals and eliminate waste and toxins. Smoky quartz may be used to ease muscle spasms and cramps, especially in the abdomen, hips, and legs. It is also helpful for headaches and all nervous disorders, hyperactivity, stress, anxiety, and depression. Place smoky quartz under your mattress to help ease back pain and stiffness while you sleep. It can also be worn as jewelry on or near any body part that experiences pain and stiffness. It is also recommended for people receiving radiation treatment to improve their outcomes.
Mind: Smoky quartz is soothing, grounding and relaxing and is a good focal point for meditation. Smoky quartz spheres are available from many sources and are great for this. Meditating with smoky quartz helps increase optimism and encourages creative solutions to problems, especially in relation to business.
Magick: Smoky quartz hung or placed near the bed will banish nightmares and night terrors. Meditating with smoky quartz will help you make good financial decisions and wearing it will help draw money to you. Keeping it in your wallet or near your checkbook will help you hold onto your money.
Place a smokey quartz point on each of the four corners of your bed with the points facing inward to help with communication problems in your marriage.
To banish negativity: Stand with your bare feet on the earth and hold smoky quartz with the tip down. Release negative energy into the Earth and visualize it decaying into fertilizer to nourish plants and trees.
Care and Cleansing
Smoky quartz absorbs a great deal of negative energy and should be cleansed often. Rinse it with saltwater and then cleanse thoroughly with smoke and don’t forget to cleanse yourself afterward. Your smoky quartz can be recharged in bright sunlight afterward.