Smoky Quartz, the brown variety of Quartz, is the national gem of Scotland. These gems range from a light grayish-brown to a deep black. Even the darkest shades of Smoky Quartz are almost always transparent to translucent. These lovely gemstones almost always lack flaws. Because of this, Smoky Quartz can reach several hundred karats with only minimal flaws. Smoky Quartz is relatively common and can be found throughout the world. However, important sources of this gem are in Brazil, Madagascar, Mozambique, Australia, Switzerland, Scotland, and the United States.
There are many myths and superstitions surrounding the Smoky Quartz. In ancient cultures, Quartz was believed to be solidified water or ice. The cold temperatures of this gem represent the sea. As the Smoky Quartz is connected with water in lore, the stone has been used to attempt to magically create rain in Australia, New Guinea, and other parts of the Pacific. In Scotland, the Smoky Quartz has been considered a sacred stone since the time of the Druids.
The Smoky Quartz has been widely used since ancient times because it is so easy to shape for ornaments and cut as a gem. Among the Sumerians, who invented writing, Quartz is likely one of the first gem stones to be written on. Ancient Egyptians made beads, scarab figures, and jewelry from Quartz. In Ancient China, Quartz was cut into flat panes and used as sunglasses. Celts used Smoky Quartz for jewelry, shoulder brooches, kilt pins, and power stones in weapon handles.
Jennifer Reeves creates elegant pieces of jewelry from Smoky Quartz, including “My Beloved Jewel.” We invite you to explore our magnificent jewelry and to contact Jennifer Reeves Designs at 708-717-5942 with any inquiries.