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 Quartz, Smoky Gemstone Properties 

Design Possibilities

Here's one time when smoke "gets in your eyes" and you love it. Alluring smoky quartz, named for its smoky color, is formed when rock crystal is irradiated. That usually occurs at high altitudes which is why its most notable sources are Brazil, Colorado and the Swiss Alps. (Its frequent inclusions of rutile needles, by the way, do not affect its quality.) These beads are so versatile, you can use them in a variety of ways. Tumble myriad shapes and sizes of smoky quartz beads together in twisted multiple strands. Mix them with gold or silver beads (or both). Add a dash of red. Be inventive in your combinations. Dark colors are still its basic colors. You can't pick a more practical and beautiful gemstone for your new jewelry creations than the lovely, evocative dark crystal-smoky quartz.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Smoky quartz is like a dream that shows us things we don't always see when we're awake. It helps us "go to" those places in us that make us uncomfortable and to look at those things we'd like to deny. Most important of all, it says just accept them-the positive and the negative. Do it happily. That explains why we may feel so calm and generally loving of ourselves and others whenever we wear it. And why we should wear it more often.
Mineral InformationMacrocrystalline quartz
Chemical CompositionSiO2
ColorDark brown/black with smoky grey hue
Specific Gravity2.65
Refractive Index1.544-1.553

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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