Smoky Quartz Cluster 291g
Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 5 cm
Smoky quartz is a grey, translucent variety of quartz that ranges in clarity from almost complete transparency to an almost-opaque brownish-grey or black crystal. Like other quartz gems, it is a silicon dioxide crystal. The smoky colour results from free silicon formed from the silicon dioxide by natural irradiation. Smoky Quartz has been considered a sacred stone in Scotland for a very long time, a belief dating back to the Druids. The Celts, who began colonising the British Isles around 300 B.C., mined the brownish-grey Quartz in the Cairngorm Mountains of the Scottish Highlands, calling the dark brown to black crystals they found Morion, and the yellow-brown to greyish-brown crystals that were called Cairngorm after the mountains where they were found. These stones were used in jewellery, kilt pins and shoulder brooches and as power stones on the handles of weaponry.
Smoky Quartz has been used widely since ancient times because it is so easy to cut as a gem and just as easy to shape for ornaments and other practical applications. Some thousands of years ago, the Egyptians made beads, scarab figures, and other jewellery from many of the quartz stones.
There are many beliefs in the powers of the Smoky Quartz stone in helping to heal certain physical ailments. Because smoky quartz is often naturally irradiated, it is excellent for treating radiation-related illness or symptoms that arise as a cause of receiving chemotherapy. It has been said that to dissolve pain, one must place a smoky quartz stone directly over the painful point. Smoky Quartz is the national gem of Scotland, a country with the longest historical association with the stone.