Smoky Quartz Crystals
Smoky quartz is a variety of quartz. It is characterized by quartz with coloring from light wispy greys to browns and black. We like cluster specimens so the natural radiation can be seen in varying degrees of color change on the specimens. Smoky Quartz has a few well known varieties.
Cairngorm is a variety that comes from the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland.
Morion is a very dark black opaque variety of Smoky quartz.
Coon tail Quartz is a Smoky quartz with an alternating black and gray banding.
A Gwindel is a Smoky quartz cluster of nearly parallel crystals, each rotated slightly relative to the one beside it.
The color of Smoky quartz is variable from brown to black and sometimes Smoky gray colored specimens are included as Smoky quartz. The cause of the color of Smoky quartz has been debated but it is believed that the coloration is almost certainly related to the amount of exposure to radiation that the stone has undergone. Natural Smoky quartz often occurs in granitic rocks which have a small amount of radioactivity over a long period of time. Most Smoky quartz that is sent to gem cutters for making jewelry has been artificially irradiated to produce a solid dark black color. Much of the Smoky quartz from China is also artificially radiated. Nice specimens come from Brazil and some larger specimens come from Northern Nevada. Black Quartz is often referred to as Irradiated Quartz.
Item # 16HJSQ03150072
Rare Smoky Quartz Scepter from Hallelujah Junction, CA
Rare Smoky Quartz Scepter from the Peterson Mountains area California
This natural smoky quartz crystal scepter was acquired in Asheville, NC at the M.A.G.M.A. Gem and Mineral show from the "Backwoods Prospector" Shaun Shelton, and features distinct smoky quartz base with large milky light smoky crystal quartz scepter nicely terminated point. This is a very nice scepter from the Peterson mountains area around Hallelujah Junction, California.
Measures 1.9 x 0.7 x 0.5 inches (48 x 18 x 13 mm) and weighs 18.5g
Item # SQ08102632
Rare Old Stock Goethite and Smoky Quartz crystals in drusy Calcite vug from Knoxville, Iowa
Excellent medium cabinet display specimen of Goethite crystals and large Smoky Quartz crystals nestled in one of the several drusy calcite vugs on this limestone matrix. A couple of the other vugs have a few Goethite crystals as well. This is a very rare specimen from the Pella Beds Stone Quarrys, Marion County, Knoxville, Iowa. This unique specimen is ex Michel Papcun collection (1955), ex James Smedley Collection (1955 to 2010) Chris Edwards Collection 2010 to..
We obtained this rare specimen from Jim Smedley's daughter Jeanne in 2010 while the Mineral Museum inventory was being liquidated. We were lucky to procure several nice pieces from her before the collection was gone.
This specimen measures 4.1 x 4 x 3.4" (106 x 103 x 88mm) weighs 33.6 oz or 2.1 lbs (953g)
Item # 13NHSQ12205996
Smoky Quartz Feldspar and Amazonite from Moat Mountain, NH
Magnificent Smoky Quartz Crystals on white contrasting Feldspar (Microcline) with a large Amazonite crystal (14.7 x 13.8 mm) as the focal point of this rare and excellent tri-mineral specimen. We procured this fine specimen in 2009. It is from Moat Mountain, west of North Conway, Carroll County, New Hampshire and it was collected in the 1960's. This piece is a great addition to any collection! It is glued to a piece of white styrofoam and set in a 2inch cube clear display box. (typical for that era)
measures 2.38 x 1.52 x 1.14 inches (6 x 3.8 x 2.9 cm) and weighs 2.82 oz or 0.17 lb (76.5g) the largest crystal is 0.58" (14.75mm) long
DIAMOND HILL PROSPECT
As seen in
Jan/Feb 2009 Issue of Rock & Minerals
May 2006 Issue of Rock & Gem
Diamond Hill is located in upper part of South Carolina. The Diamond Mine, LLC, owns the Diamond Hill quartz digging area near the town of Antreville in Abbeville County, South Carolina. Over millions of years, natural erosion has occurred to the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains. This erosion exposed a small 3 acre site that contains some of the widest variety of quartz crystals in the world. This area is known as Diamond Hill
Some of the best Amethyst, Smoky Quartz, Skeletal (Elestial) Quartz, Angle Plated Quartz, Iron Oxide coated Quartz (Brown / Orange / Yellow coloring), Manganese coated Quartz (Black coloring), Aura, and other crystals are found in the Diamond Hill Prospect area. Specimens from this area are in high demand and the supply is very limited.
Item # 14SQPT09210053
Smoky Quartz Crystal Point with Microcline
Smoky Quartz Crystal
Magnificent natural Smoky Quartz Crystal with fluorescent Microcline from Mt Malosa, Republic of Malawi, SE Africa. The Microcline fluoresces a deep red under strong SW Ultra Violet Light. This piece is a great addition to any collection!
measures 2 x 1 x 0.63 inches (53 x 26 x 16mm) and weighs 0.7 oz (20.5g)
Item # 15SQCwM09219927
Smoky Quartz Crystal Cluster in Microcline
Smoky Quartz Cluster from Colorado
Magnificent Smoky Quartz Crystals in fluorescent Microcline matrix. There are very many small greyish smoky Quartz cristals that have formed throughout the matrix and several large crystals protruding from the top of this very unique specimen from Colorado. Excellent specimen with many intersecting crystal points. This piece is a great addition to any collection!
measures 4 x 2.3 x 2.4 inches (10.1 x 5.9 x 6.3 cm) and weighs 12.2 oz or 0.76 lb (348g)
Item # SQ01171892
Smoky Quartz Crystal Cluster from Brazil
Very nice Black Smoky Quartz piece from Brazil. This one has interesting skeletal like formations, displays in excellent positions to show off its crystal points! The white background is snow...we prefer to take photos outdoors in natural light.
weighs 13.4 oz or 0.84 lb (381g) and measures 4.1 x 2.9 x 2.5" (10.4 x 7.5 x 6.5cm)