Smoky quartz sometimes also goes by the names “cairngorm,” “smoky topaz,” “morion,” or “smoky citrine.” It is commonly found worldwide, but notable locations include Brazil and the United States. It is a variation of quartz (and therefore a silicon dioxide crystal) that may come in brown, black or gray and is transparent or translucent with a vitreous luster and a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale. It has a brittle tenacity. This crystal is sometimes created via irradiation induced, aluminum based color centers. Sometimes the color of the smoky quartz is simply deepened with radiation for aesthetic purposes. Most of the time, though, the remarkable “smoky” color of this stunning crystal that gives it its name is a product of natural irradiation. Interestingly, in the 12th century, this stone was used in the form of flat planes to make sunglasses in China. In Scotland, where smoky quartz is the national gem, it is used in the form of jewelry and as a decoration on the handles of sgian dubhs, on kilt pins and more.
In the metaphysical world, smoky quartz resonates with the base and solar plexus chakras and is associated with the zodiac signs of capricorn and scorpio and the elements of earth and air. It should bring to mind calmness and serenity, stability, practicality, pride, intuition and optimism. It is an excellent protective and grounding stone. Wearing it, keeping it nearby and/or meditating with it has a detoxifying effect, on all levels. It is claimed to lift negativity and depression, disperse fear, relieve anxiety and stress, promote emotional calmness, encourage positive thoughts that then lead to positive action, alleviate suicidal tendencies, dispel nightmares and manifest happy dreams in their place, and sharpen concentration and assist those who suffer with difficulties in communication. This crystal clearly has something to offer nearly anyone and makes an excellent addition to any crystal collection.
Aside from the aforementioned benefits, smoky quartz brings to the table a range of healing properties in terms of physical healing of the body. It is often used by crystal healers to counter negative effects stemming from radiation, including exposure to medical radiation, radioactive materials, chemotherapy and even sunburn. It is also used to relieve tension of the back and shoulders, headaches, muscle cramps and chronic pain. Smoky quartz is believed to be particularly useful in treating ailments of the hips, legs and abdomen and to benefit the muscle and nerve tissues and reproductive system. It is also claimed to regenerate the bronchi in the lungs and protect the pulmonary tracts as a whole. In addition to these benefits, smoky quartz offers all of the healing properties that clear quartz provides. Consequently, for example, it may be used in treatments of the kidneys, pancreas, adrenal glands and other organs of the body functioning in elimination to aid in the removal of toxins.