Smoky quartz

The ancient Russian name smoky quartz - crystal-smazen. Called him and Rauch-topaz (rouh means smoke). But already in our time the synonym was abandoned, considering that smoky quartz has nothing to do with topaz. The name corresponds to its color - smoky, gray, brownish-gray. Stones are completely black, "night", the colors are called moriones, the Ural miners called such stones also resins. Mineralogically smoky quartz is a crystalline variety of quartz and is the closest relative of rock crystal, amethyst, citrine, rose quartz. Occurs in the form of hexahedral crystals or their fragments, and crystals of very large sizes are not uncommon. For example, Prince Potemkin had a very dense crystal, weighing two poods. Smithsonian Institution (Washington) exhibits a faceted egg from smoky quartz weighing 4500 carats.

The ancient Russian name smoky quartz - crystal-smazen

Fig.1. Smoked quartz faded.

As a material for products smoky quartz is known for a long time

Fig.2. Quartz-hairy.

As a material for products smoky quartz is known for a long time. Beads made from it in ancient Rome, where he acted, as they say, from India or from Ceylon. It is also used for making other jewelry, souvenirs and various crafts. A darker smoky quartz - morion is a recognized stone alchemists. It was used by them to find the philosopher's stone and during experiments in the manufacture of gold.

Deposits of smoky quartz are known in Brazil, Great Britain, Mozambique, Russia, USA, Switzerland, Madagascar. At Ural smoky quartz is an indispensable companion of such precious stones, as topaz, beryl, amethyst. There are incomparable crystals of smoky quartz with inclusions of rutile mineral. Such samples are called quartz-hairy. However, their color is not so much smoky as yellowish-smoky, approaches the color of citrine. With appropriate cutting, these stones with the play of light are magnificent jewelry rarities.