Great specimens of smoky quartz demand attention and create “pizzazz” in your home or office. Imagine one in your well-appointed library….. demanding attention amongst the bookshelves of leather bound volumes.
Smoky quartz with its rare and beautiful earth toned colors, touches on accents of brown and clear to grey translucent “panes” of silica. Many of its delicate layers of silica have traces of clay, gases or even bubbles of water still trapped between them. Peer into the magical world of these amazing crystals and you will see nature’s art that was created over millions of years!
|30" Long, 15" Tall - 170 Pounds|
Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story - When one looks at a smoky they are looking into the history of how Mother Nature performed her magic to create such a magnificent crystal. Millions of years in the making, crystal size and shape are a result of the size of the cavity in which the crystal formed, the temperatures at which the crystal precipitated out of hot solutions that periodically visited the cavity and the presence of minor metal ions captured as small impurities in the quartz crystal formation.Smoky’s silica walls may complete to their apex or they may join at a corner and form a “window” shape instead. Layers of thin silica sometimes trap a gas that is released over time from the solution, like gases released in a soda. They may also include bits of clay between the layers of thin silica.
A smoky quartz crystal takes on its color due to tiny impurities of aluminum in the presence of heat or irradiation that together cause the brown to dark brown coloration. The most sought after colors of smoky quartz are combinations of clear with contrasts of grey to a darker brown.Revealed by Man – Many of the world’s finest examples of smoky quartz are mined in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Here many crystals are carefully extracted from the surrounding hard rock with hand tools, cleaned of all debris and carefully packed and shipped for sale to customers in the USA.
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in StoneWe invite you to view our current offerings of Smoky Quartz and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (11 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.