CRYSTAL VISIONS: Smoky Quartz

hand drawn illustration of a little ghoul stressed and overwhelmed

A crystal to battle burnout, overwhelm and stress 

Smoky Quartz is my favourite anti-stress stone. Whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed, my head is buzzing with a million thoughts or the bullets of my to do list are bouncing off my brain, I reach for my Smoky Quartz Amulet. I love it because it brings me immediately back down to earth and helps me feel grounded again. Just like taking a few deep, cleansing breaths when you're feeling overwhelmed, having a Smoky Quartz on hand can help clear mental clutter and plant your feet firmly back on the ground.

smoky quartz cluster yellow and brown on white backgroundWhat is it?

Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals on Earth so comes in lots of different varieties like Amethyst, Carnelian, Agate, Tiger's Eye - these are all types of quartz! But it's not just pretty to look at, it's also super useful and can be found in kitchen worktops, in watches, radios and cell phones and even in sandpaper. Smoky Quartz is a type of quartz that is made from the same silicon dioxide but where the colour has changed from clear to orangey brown, grey or almost black by natural irradiation in the Earth as the crystal formed.

orangey-brown translucent smoky quarts point cluster with light shining throughWhere is it found?

Smoky quartz is found in many places on Earth in pretty much every continent. It has even been found in Scotland though Scottish Smoky Quartz is now very rare. Most of the Smoky Quartz in your Bonearrow jewellery comes from Brazil!

How tough is it?

7/10 on the Mohs scale. 

light shining through a glassy large smoky quartz pointWhy you need it in your armoury

Smoky Quartz is highly purifying and is one of the best anti-stress stones there is. It helps you let go of that which does not serve you, including grief, fear, and resentment enabling you to rise above conflict and not get embroiled in it. And because Smoky Quartz turns negative energy into positive, working deep in the psyche and grounding negative energy back into the Earth it’s a great crystal to have in an argument or to help clear the air after one. 

Cleanse with:

Can be cleansed with water, incense or buried in the ground for a few days vay-cay.

Works well with:

Amethyst or any other grounding stones. Especially keep one nearby if you're meditating, scrying or doing spell work as Smoky Quartz will keep one foot on the ground and tethers to the earth. 


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