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Smoky Quartz - Meaning and Bearing

Smoky Quartz supports the relaxed composure, which brings the slowly fading year. The still mandatory tasks are tackled with the help of the stone with vigor, sober and pragmatic considerations are in the foreground.Through this attitude, our resilience is increased and we can be relaxed, but focused on the stressful times.

In difficult times, Smoky Quartz offers support in recognizing and resolving inconsistencies and contradictions. The view of how one's own actions are determined by feelings on the one hand and thoughts on the other hand, is sharpened. Tension and pressure can be dissolved and create space for balance and prudence.

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Origin of the name Smoky Quartz and synonyms

Smoky Quartz got its name from the brown color that looks like smoke. The word "quartz" itself comes from the Slavic (kwardy) and means "hard". Synonyms to Smoky Quartz are Cairngorm, Pseudotopas or Smoky Topaz, however it really has nothing to do with Topaz at all. Very dark stones are called morion, whose name can be traced back to the Roman historian and naturalist Pliny (b. 23, †79), who called this mineral "mormorion" in his encyclopedia Naturalis historia.

The Chinese name for Smoky Quartz translates to "tea quartz" which is obvious given the transparency and color of the mineral. Its color is almost always brown, which can be easily detected with a light source thanks to the transparency of the stone. Yellowish hues are also possible, as smooth transitions to Citrine are also possible (Smoky Citrine). The largest smoky quartz specimen found so far weighs 11 tons, is over 3 meters high and comes from Karibib in Namibia.

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In the Alpine region, the Smoky Quartz is also considered for many centuries as protective stone against misfortunes and strokes of fate. That is why soldiers used to wear pendants made of Smoky Quartz in the war and even today, cut crosses made of the dark brown stone are still worn with pleasure. Also in rosaries Smoky Quartz finds a popular use.

Mineralogical profile of Smoky Quartz

Chemical formula: SiO2

Mineral class: Oxide/framework silicate, quartz group; containing traces of aluminum, lithium and sodium

Formation: Widespread in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, in druses and on fractures, large crystals from pegmatites

Smoky Quartz is formed by the influence of radioactive radiation from the surrounding rock. This radioactive radiation ionizes the lithium-aluminum centers contained in the crystal lattice, producing brown color centers. However, the mineral does not absorb the radioactive radiation, but only reacts to it, so it can be worn as jewelry or used as a hand charm without concern.

Color: Yellowish, brown to blackish brown

Glossiness: vitreous luster

Crystal system: trigonal

Mohs hardness: 7

Cleavability, fracture: No cleavability, fracture imperfect/flaky

Streak: white

Transparency: transparent to translucent

Localizies, main supplying regionsr: Brazil, Russia, Pakistan, Switzerland, Madagascar

Appearance: often beautiful, areal crystals with six-sided outline, rarely as crystal with dissolution phenomena (window quartz)

Chakra assignment: brow chakra

Feng Shui assignment: large single crystals and earth guardians are good suppression stones

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