Smoky Quartz Value, Price, and Jewelry Information
Smoky Quartz Value
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Smoky Quartz Information
|Is a Variety of||Quartz|
|Colors||Every shade of brown.|
|Fracture||Conchoidal to uneven|
|Cleavage||None or indistinct|
|Transparency||Transparent to opaque.|
|Absorption Spectrum||Not diagnostic.|
|Pleochroism||Dark stones: weak brown/reddish brown. Light stones: weak, light and darker yellowish brown.|
|Optics||o = 1.544; e = 1.553 (very constant). Uniaxial (+).|
Smoky quartz is also mistaken for topaz. It comes in every shade of brown, from a light tan to nearly black. “Chocolate citrine” is a pleasant brownish/yellow color. Smoky quartz is known for its large sizes. The person who wants a really big gem, without a really big budget, often ends up with one of these.
- Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland.
- Minas Gerais, Brazil; Madagascar; Switzerland.
- United States: California; North Carolina.
Smoky quartz: is in the same size league as citrine, but larger stones get very dark and opaque. Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C): 4500 (California) and 1695 (Brazil), plus others.