Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
Ancient Romans carved intaglio seals with it. The Chinese used it for making snuff boxes and an early form of sunglasses. The Swiss, Germans, and Austrians used crucifixes made from it to protect against bad luck and evil.
What is “it”?
Ranging in color from pale yellow-brown to almost black, Smoky Quartz is a transparent to translucent mineral of the quartz family. It’s found worldwide, though Brazil is its chief source and Madagascar its main producer. Because its brown hue isn’t particularly fashionable right now, it’s also quite affordable.
Smoky Quartz is a 7 on the Mohs (1-10) scale of hardness. Typically, good quality stones are cut into large rings or pendants; lesser quality ones become cabochons or tumbled beads.
Did you know Smoky Quartz is the national gem of Scotland? Highlanders used it in shoulder brooches, kilt pins, and the handles of weapons like daggers. It’s also the official state gem for New Hampshire.
Metaphysical healers praise Smoky Quartz for benefitting all the chakras, particularly the root and the solar plexus. They appreciate its slow and steady, though powerful, energy.
A grounding stone, Smoky Quartz clears negative energy and fosters creativity in business. Carry Smoky Quartz to relieve depression and boost endurance. Hold it in your hand to ease tension and anxiety. Keep it in your car to protect against road rage, unexpected breakdowns, or theft.
Feng Shui practitioners advise placing Smoky Quartz near the front door (for protection) or in the Northwest or Northeast areas of your home or office. You can benefit from Smoky Quartz’s ongoing protection by wearing it as jewelry, particularly bracelets and rings, or by tucking a piece in your purse or pocket.
Smoky Quartz is an alternative birthstone to topaz for those born in November.
Care for your Smoky Quartz jewelry by protecting it from scratches. Don’t expose it to harsh chemicals or steam cleaning, and store it separate from other jewelry items. Smoky Quartz becomes pale when exposed to sunlight.
Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!