Smokey quartz is, as the name suggests, from the mineral quartz and has a smokey grey brown or blackish colour. It is an affordable, yet attractive gemstone that is often used to create a cool tribal look in jewellery such as pendants and bracelets. It can also be cut and set in gold or silver jewellery to give a more sophisticated look.
The distinguishing colour of smokey quartz results from long periods of exposure to natural radiation from radioactive elements to the regular quartz rock crystal. The dark colour is not found in a huge amount of gemstones, making it a rather desirable stone.
Smokey quartz is found worldwide, some of the notable sources include Brazil, Colorado and the Swiss Alps.
Store your smokey quartz jewellery separately in a soft cloth pouch to prevent damage to other jewellery. To clean use warm soapy water and a soft cloth or brush. Be sure to remove any soapy residue. Avoid direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.