Hardness: 6.5-7 Mohs
Enhancement Code: Heating, Irradiation
AA: Medium light tan to medium dark brown; eye clean; good cut
SWAROVSKI GEMS™ Sand Fine: Light to medium light; eye clean
SWAROVSKI GEMS™ Oak Fine: Medium to medium dark; eye clean
Care: Rated “good” for everyday wear. Avoid direct sunlight and exposure to heat which may cause colour to fade. Avoid contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.
Major Sources: Brazil, Madagascar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uruguay
Subtlety is the appeal of lustrous smoky quartz. With its voluptuous autumn colour and understated elegance, this sophisticated gemstone makes a powerful statement. The Victorians, who understood the rich expressiveness of restraint, used smoky quartz in mourning jewelry.
Because these stones are readily available in larger sizes, smoky quartz is perfect in designs that call for big, sparkling jewels. The state gemstone of New Hampshire, the delicious colour of smoky quartz makes it a perfect accessory forall seasons.