Seeing Smokey Quartz?

Smokey Quartz has a misleading name – while on one end, this mineral does possess lustrous black and grey qualities, on the other, it also encompasses rich chocolate shaded minerals. Smokey Quartz embellishments are as timeless and classic as they are soft-spoken. Before buying a ring embellished with this magnificently dark stone, it is important to be well versed in the mineral itself and all the factors of buying a smoky quartz embellished ring, ownership, and upkeep.

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Tell Me More about Smokey Quartz!

Smokey Quartz is best known for its lustrous dark hues that range from brown to black. Smokey Quartz gets it unique shade through irradiation and aluminum. Rather than overwhelming you with a list of useless knowledge, we will narrow the important factors down to  two simple components of Amethyst that we find most useful to the average consumer.

First, Smokey Quartz is a hard and durable mineral. On the hardness scale, Smokey Quartz sits at a comfortable 7 and is scratch resistant to matter that falls at a lower number. To test the authenticity of Smokey Quartz, scratch the surface with an item that is in the 1-6 range of the hardness scale – a fingernail, for example, sits at a low 2 – if your nail leaves a scratch on the amethyst, the stone you’re dealing with isn’t authentic.

If you’re well versed in testing specific gravity, the specific gravity of Smokey Quartz 2.65. If none of that made sense to you, don’t worry, it doesn’t to the majority of consumers. A quick Google search will turn up easy to follow steps on testing for specific gravity and, if you’re unconvinced as to the authenticity of your stone, they may make for a useful experiment.

Cushion-Cut Smoky Quartz Ring in 14K Gold with Enhanced Champagne and White Diamonds

What about the Color?

Smokey Quartz gets its color from the mixture of irradiation and aluminum. As such, light quartz can be manipulated through the use of irradiation and aluminum to artificially create Smokey Quartz. It is essentially impossible to tell the difference between natural Smokey Quartz and manipulated light quartz.  

The best way to determine whether a Smokey Quartz ring is one obtained through nature vs. one obtained through manipulation is by paying attention to the stone’s hue. A enhanced Smokey Quartz will have uniform color within the gem, while natural Smokey Quartz will have color variation. 

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Caring for your Smokey Quartz Ring

As we’ve already mentioned, heat can contribute to darkening the color of your Smokey Quartz stone – do not store your Smokey Quartz in direct sunlight or expose it to extreme heat. If you want to be overly cautious, some retailers will recommend turning the stone towards your palm when in the sun for extended periods of time.

Smokey Quartz t can be scratched by matters that hold a hardness level of 7 or higher, it is smart to store your gem bearing ring in a secured box, pouch, or away from any diamonds or products that may flaw the stone.

As with any fine stone, it is recommended to remove your ring prior to exposing your hands to harsh household chemicals or chlorinated pools.

18CT SMOKY QUARTZ & BLACK DIAMOND BIANCA RING

Let’s Talk Money

Though stunning, Smokey Quartz isn’t a rare stone and is therefore extremely affordable.

The most expensive Smokey Quartz’ are those that display a variety of shades in a high brilliance cut, while ones that hinge on the edge of being enhanced cost substantially less..

The value of Smokey Quartz, as in most other stones, will also depend on the clarity – a clear and blemish free stone will cost significantly less than one with numerous impurities.

As with most gems, the carat size of a Smokey Quartz doesn’t matter – you want to be more focused on the quality of the stone itself than you are on its size. On average, Smokey Quartz sells for $18.00/carat, so the value is found in darker, more uniform and properly cut stones as opposed to big ones.

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Tell me more about Smokey Quartz!

Smokey Quartz can be found, essentially, everywhere. There are Smokey Quartz deposits in Brazil, Greece, Germany, and even in the United States. Again, this widespread availability of the gem creates an abundance of it and decreases its value – as such, it is more important to find a high quality Smokey Quartz gem than it is to find a big one.

There are two types of noteworthy Smokey Quartz – the Morion and the Cairngorm. The Morion stones are identifiable by their darkness while the Cairngorm stones are named after their origin of the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland.

Smokey Quarts are often used by psychics and medicine men for protection, cleansing and grounding. Just like the stone finds light in the midst of its dark hues, it is believed that Smokey Quartz will create light for those struggling with hard times.

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Am I ready to buy?

Absolutely! But we’d like to reiterate some key facts before you’re on your way.

1. Because Smokey Quarts are easily accessible and abundant, there aren’t many synthetic variations to the stone. However, a large number of stones on the market today are manipulated through heat and aluminum. 

2. Retailers and jewelers alike are legally obligated to disclose whether a Smokey Quartz has been enhanced by heat or if the stone is synthetic. If you are skeptical about the authenticity of your Smokey Quartz, always take it to a jeweler or gemologist for a second opinion.

3. Keep an eye out for color variation– a stone with no color variation is less likely to be one in its natural state.

4. Focus on the quality of the stone, rather than the quantity. It isn’t hard to find large deposits of imperfect stone, but it is difficult to find small deposits of flawless ones. Focus on the cut, smoothness, cut, and transparency of the Smokey Quartz when looking for your best fit!

Sue Fox

Love You Tomorrow was founded by Sue Fox, a jewelry and wedding enthusiast from New York. Her father, Simon, was a jewelry appraiser, whose family had deep roots in the mining industry. Sue grew up schooled in the different properties of gems and metals, as well as in the care and appraisal of jewelry. She was most fascinated by how different gems, materials, cuts, and settings could be put together in endless combinations to make thousands of unique pieces of jewelry. Best of all, each piece was distinct in its purpose and design to match the personality of the wearer. Love You Tomorrow began as a passion project in 2016. This was around the time when many of Sue’s friends and family members were getting married. Knowing her expertise, they often sought out her advice on wedding and engagement rings. The blog started out as a place to house Sue’s now in-demand knowledge. Her first posts were buying guides for diamonds, roundups of her favorite ring recommendations around the web, and practical tips about choosing the right gemstone for you. It became apparent pretty quickly that the most common visitors to her blog were couples in the market for wedding and engagement rings. Since rings were only one item on an engaged couple’s to-do list, Sue also began to receive inquiries about how the perfect rings would fit into the rest of the whole wedding picture. Since then, Sue’s vision for the blog expanded to become a one-stop shop for other resources on weddings in general. Today, Love You Tomorrow is a wedding blog that features not just Sue’s expertise on wedding and engagement rings, but also insights from her “Wedding Party”, a team of wedding experts and enthusiasts who write guides, recommendations, and tips for happy couples looking to tie the knot. Sue is now currently based in Carmel-by-the-Sea on the Monterey Peninsula in California. She lives with her husband Jess, and their three dogs, Sleepy, Dopey, and Doc.

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