Posted by: winterjasminereiki | September 18, 2010

Smoky Quartz

This post is a very brief introduction to the smoky quartz crystal.

If you have not previously read my Crystals Rock! post, you may like to read it now for a general overview of crystals.

So – what exactly is smoky quartz? As its name indicates, this stone is a member of the quartz family, which I have to say is a firm favourite of mine.  All quartz stones have a similar composition in terms of:

  • chemical make-up (silicon dioxide)
  • crystal formation (trigonal) and
  • hardness (7 on the Mohs scale.)

Smoky quartz usually has a soft translucent dusky brown shade, although it can range from a pale, almost transparent stone right up to a deeper and denser brown.

In terms of connection with the chakras, smoky quartz is sometimes linked with the solar plexus (3rd) chakra, which is usually associated with the colour yellow, and with personal “power” and fulfilment. The solar plexus chakra is also related to the emotions of fear and anxiety, so using smoky quartz can help balance and stabilise this chakra and these emotions.

More often, smoky quartz is linked to the root/base chakra. This is due to its gentle grounding properties. Its effects may be felt more slowly than other grounding stones such red jasper, but the energies may be more sustained, and more long-lasting. Smoky quartz can also be helpful in releasing negative energy. It is my belief and experience that anxiety and fear can often result from a lack of grounding. Thus smoky quartz, working on both the solar plexus and root chakras, can be a particularly helpful crystal if you have a tendency to anxiety or feeling a bit “spaced”.

Smoky Quartz tumblestones are readily available online or in crystal shops, or if you have the means, you might like to splash out on something a bit bigger! If you’d like a custom-made piece of jewellery, then I recommend Charms of Light.

Some of the information provided in this post has been taken from Liz Simpson’s “Book of Crystal Healing”, ISBN 1856750299.

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