Smoky Quartz Crystals Specimen Russia Siberia


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This is the oriented in one direction smoky quartz crystals on feldspar. Dimensions: 2.1 x 1.4 x 1.0″ (5.3 x 3.5 x 2.5cm). Weight – 1.4oz (40 grams). Origin: Russia, Siberia.

Some information about smoky quartz:

Smoky quartz is a grey, translucent variety of quartz that ranges in clarity from almost complete transparency to an almost-opaque brownish-gray 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.

A very dark brown to black opaque variety is known as morion. Morion is the German, Danish, Spanish and Polish synonym for smoky quartz.
Cairngorm is a variety of smoky quartz crystal found in the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland. It usually has a smoky yellow-brown colour, though some specimens are greyish-brown.

Smoky quartz is common and was not historically important, but in recent times it has become a popular gemstone, especially for jewellery. Sunglasses, in the form of flat panes of smoky quartz, were used in China in the 12th century.

Additional information

Weight 40 g