Smoky Quartz Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

Smokey Quartz

Smoky Quartz

Smoky Quartz Value

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Smoky Quartz Information

Data Value
Name Smoky Quartz
Is a Variety of Quartz
Varieties Morion
Colors Every shade of brown.
Crystallography Hexagonal.
Refractive Index 1.544-1.553
Luster Vitreous.
Polish Luster Vitreous.
Fracture Luster Vitreous.
Hardness 7
Wearability Very Good
Fracture Conchoidal to uneven
Specific Gravity 2.651
Birefringence 0.009
Cleavage None or indistinct
Dispersion 0.013
Enhancements Heating (occasional).
Typical Treatments Heat Treatment
Transparency Transparent to opaque.
Absorption Spectrum Not diagnostic.
Pleochroism

Dark stones: weak brown/reddish brown. Light stones: weak, light and darker yellowish brown.

Optics

= 1.544; = 1.553 (very constant). Uniaxial (+).

Optic Sign Uniaxial +

Comments

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.

Sources

  • Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland.
  • Minas Gerais, Brazil; Madagascar; Switzerland.
  • United States: California; North Carolina.

Stone Sizes

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.