We have all had that moment when we know that we need a catalyst to help us in our next step - something to give us that momentum. Turning to the help of healing crystals can be just what we need for that little extra push we need to get started.
Smoky quartz crystals have long been known as an excellent choice for this, thanks to their grounding abilities and the way they act as a filter for negative energy. They offer a gentle, healing energy while allowing you to have a clear mind to focus on what you need to do to rid yourself of unnecessary distractions and behaviors. Smoky quartz amplifies your positive energy and nullifies interferences.
What are the Types of Smoky Quartz?
Smoky quartz may be completely translucent with clear parts coupled with “dirty” hues, which allows for the impression that there is “smoke” inside the quartz, hence the name. These healing stones can range from transparent to completely opaque. Categorized based on their coloring, smoky quartz crystals come in two types:
- Morion smoky quartz
- Cairngorm smoky quartz
Morion Smoky Quartz
The morion type is a black quartz crystal. It differs from the common quartz by virtue of its aluminum content, which accounts for its jet-black coloration. The name “morion quartz” is a synonym for “smoky quartz” in the Danish, Spanish, German, and Polish languages but elsewhere, it refers to the smoky quartz crystals that are very dark brown or black in color.
Historically, morion smoky quartz crystals were considered sacred to the Druids. The Celtics also felt that they provided an earthly connection to Earth gods, and even the ancient Romans and Greeks felt that they provided a connection with Hecate, the Goddess of the moon, magic, and the night. In modern times, people believe that morion quartz healing crystals assist in releasing difficult things from their past and allow them to move unburdened into their future.
Cairngorm Smoky Quartz
The second type is the Cairngorm smoky quartz crystal. These are a grayish brown to yellow-brown and are named after the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland, where they are mined. These healing crystals can only be found in a hundred-square-mile area.
They are known for being good healing crystals to utilize to keep one safe when dealing with negative energies and for bringing positive things to light. They are also thought to help you retain a strong will and have productive days.
Is Smoky Quartz Rare?
Smoky quartz crystals come from fissures of granite rocks and are crystallized under pressure. The most precious ones come from the Alps, Sweden, Norway, Brazil, North America, and, for the Cairngorm type, Scotland. The jet-black morion type are hard to find and very rare.
Smoky Quartz Crystals Throughout History
The first written mention of smoky quartz crystals was in the 1st century A.D. in the writings of Pliny the Elder. The use of hematite and smoky quartz crystals in jewelry dates to the time of Ancient Egypt. Historically, it has been discovered that many European royal families used this stone in their faceted jeweled pieces.
What is Smoky Quartz Good For?
Smoky quartz healing crystals are known for their wonderful abilities to protect their users. This includes from negative energies and promote positive healing and motivation towards a brighter future.
Some ways smoky quartz crystals do this is by helping to:
- Clear mental roadblocks
- Balance chakras
- Boost self-confidence
- Give user security
- Lower stress levels
Many practitioners say that smoky quartz crystals are known for warding off nightmares. They also suggest that it is good to carry smoky quartz crystals with you during the day if you are encountering many different people, as this healing crystal is said to protect you from any possible negative energy others may be giving off. Smoky quartz is also useful for jewelry, since large pieces can be found, making it possible for larger pendants and brooches to be made along with earrings and rings.
Zodiac and Smoky Quartz
Smoky quartz crystals are aligned with all the zodiac signs. With that said, two have a particular affinity with this healing crystal. It works well with reducing a Capricorn’s tendency towards self-criticism and helps give courage to those Libras that need to look within and heal themselves.
How to use Smoky Quartz as a Healing Crystal?
You can purchase smoky quartz crystals to have in your house to protect yourself from negative energy and promote positive, directed energy. Place the healing crystals in your home and use them with affirmations.
Some of our favorite smoky quartz specimens include our:
- Small Polished Smoky Quartz Crystal Point
- Medium Polished Smoky Quartz Crystal Point
- Large Polished Smoky Quartz Crystal Point
Smoky Quartz Crystals are one of the best healing crystals for relieving depression and anxiety and for helping motivate their users. Whether you wear it, carry it, or place it in your home, you will benefit from having it in your vicinity.
5 Ways to Use your Smoky Quartz Crystal:
- Carry on self
- Place by workspace
- Place in home
- Wearing as jewelry
- Use in grounding practices
Caring for Your Smoky Quartz Crystal Jewelry
If you have a piece of jewelry featuring a smoky quartz crystal, make sure to only hand-clean the smoky quartz crystal, as needed, using a soft toothbrush with warm water before letting it air dry.
Store the piece separate from other jewelry, as it can be scratched easily, and keep it out of direct sunlight and heat, as this may result in color changes. When wearing it, do not expose it to any harsh chemicals or cleaners, and take it off if doing any hard work with your hands to avoid any scratches to the healing crystal jewelry.
Cleansing your Smoky Quartz Crystal
Avoid using water, as it can harm delicate crystals. The best choice for cleansing your healing crystals is moonlight or smoke. Place your crystals outside on a table or near a window that is bathed in moonlight for a few hours, and in the morning, they will be ready to go back to work.
With smoke, utilize the smudging technique. Use smoke from sage, herbs, or incense. Sage the room you are in, yourself, and then the crystals. You can add a chanting of intention or affirmation that feels meaningful to you.
Smoky Quartz Crystals: Always a Good Choice
Smoky Quartz Crystals are a good addition to anyone’s collection of healing stones, whether it be as a healing crystal to go along with your fossil and shark teeth specimens or as a piece of jewelry. Its ability to protect its wearer is only secondary to its mysterious and beautiful look. Naturally absorbing negative energies and projecting calm and focus, smoky quartz is nature’s perfect sponge!