Spotlight on | Smokey Quartz - Unearthed Crystals

Spotlight on | Smokey Quartz


When darkness strikes, protective Smokey Quartz can soak up that negativity like an uber absorbent Chux Super Wipe before it takes root in your psyche.  If you regularly struggle with depression, anxiety or jealousy, wearing a piece of Smokey Quartz can be a powerful way to stop those toxic energies from overwhelming you. 

Combining the attributes of both transparent stones and black stones, Smokey Quartz links us to the highest realms of being and amplifies the truth of everything around it. If Smokey Quartz has found its way into your life, it could be a sign that it's time to open your heart and let in the light and positivity. The truth can set you free and Smokey Quartz is your annoying GPS lady leading the way. 


The History of Smokey Quartz 

Smokey Quartz is the National Gem of Scotland and has been considered a sacred stone in the highlands since time immemorial, a belief dating back to the Druids.  The Celts mined Smokey Quartz in the Cairngorm Mountains, naming the stone Cairngorm after the mountains themselves.  In Scotland, Smokey Quartz has been used to decorate jewellery, kilt pins, weapons, and other Highland garb accessories. 

But if you look a little further under the metaphorical kilt of Smokey Quartz’s history, you’ll discover that it has been used widely all over the world since antiquity, because it is so easy to cut as a gem and equally as easy to shape for ornaments and other practical applications.   

Smokey Quartz was all the rage for making snuff bottles in ancient China, and was also popular with the Romans, who used the stone for carving intaglio seals.  The Sumerians cut and engraved Quartz stones as cylinder seals and used them later as ring seals and, as the Sumerians invented writing, it’s likely that Quartz was one of the first gemstones to be written on.  Not to mention, the Egyptians, who were making beads, scarab figures, and other jewellery from many of the quartz stones thousands of years ago. 


Recognising Smokey Quartz 


Smoky Quartz gets its name for its yellow-brown to greyish-brown hues that resemble smoke. 

Smokey Quartz is a colour variety of Crystalline Quartz.  The Smokey hue can range from a light yellowish brown to a deep brown so dark it appears black.  The colour of Smokey Quartz is produced when natural radiation, emitted from the surrounding rock, activates colour centres around aluminium impurities within the Crystalline Quartz. 


What is Smokey Quartz used for? 

Smokey Quartz is linked with the life giving, healing vibrations of the earth that have transpired over millions of years, a divine cycle that gives and gives but also takes away. In the case of Smoky Quartz, its strength was bestowed through the tough love of Mother Nature Because of its killer cleansing and detoxing effects, this master healer is often used to amplify the energy of any stones surrounding it, which creates a synergy of soothing vibes, the spiritual Band-Aid to your painful emotional wounds. 

 Smokey Quartz disperses fear and lifts depression and negativity.  It brings emotional calmness, relieving stress and anxiety, promotes positive thoughts and action, and alleviates suicidal tendencies.  Because of its association with the higher crown chakra, Smokey Quartz works as a spiritual satellite that connects heaven and earth. It anchors us to the earth while keeping our hearts and minds towards the celestial world. 

Looking for a quick midday pick-me-up?  Hold a Smokey Quartz crystal in each hand and feel the calming waves of its healing and balancing properties infusing your mind and body with its powerful spiritual nutrition.  Who needs a kale smoothie when you’ve got Smokey Quartz? 

But wait, there’s more!  Smokey Quartz’s inbuilt exposure to radiation makes it one of the most potent stones known for purifying and decontaminating the environment from electromagnetic stress, a common problem in our modern world of screens and fluorescent lights Because of this prehistoric blueprint for environmental protection, the Smokey Quartz crystal is able to recognise electromagnetic and geopathic stress, neutralising the distortion and returning it to the earth. 

As a killer cleanser and detoxifier, Smokey Quartz is a must-have when practicing Feng Shui Place pieces of Smokey Quartz in areas with electronics in the home or workplace, and bestow upon it the vital job of absorbing and dispersing toxic electromagnetic radiation.