EXPERIENCE HISTORY

MYSTIC SMOKY QUARTZ

It encaptures every shade of brown, from light tan to nearly black. Reminiscent of a drop of ink in a cup of water, this translucent quartz has proven its excellent wearability for ages. Make it part of the story you write.

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THE NAME

It looks as if light-brown fumes softly float within this stone. One variety shares its name with Cairngorm, the Scottish mountain range where it is found. Another variety, characterized by a deep black color, is called morion.

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THE SOURCE

Smoky quartz is found in Scotland, Brazil, Madagascar, Switzerland, South Africa, Mexico, India, Russia, Iran, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

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UP IN SMOKE

In the 12th-century Chinese judiciary tradition, judges would often wear sunglasses in the form of flat panes of smoky quartz to hide their facial expressions during court proceedings.

SMOKY QUARTZ

A HISTORY

This gemstone is the national gemstone of Scotland. The Scots would use it for jewelry, as a decorative item on kilt pins, and to add luster to their daggers’ handles. In 18th- and 19th-century China and Russia, the stone was cut into smaller objects such as figurines, snuff bottles, and desk seals.

According to a Slavic folk tale, the first owner of the morion, the pitch-black variety of this gemstone, was an evil sorceress who was mischievously set on spreading destruction. As long as she wore a ring that carried the black stone on her finger, she remained immortal. Baking morion in bread was one way to get rid of its havoc-inflicting powers, it was believed.

The Tradition Continues

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