There are various gemstones which have the distinction of being very close to the heart of the people and have been considered as the country’s national gemstones. For example, opals are the national gemstone of Australia, while labradorite has been the Canada’s national gemstone, and Alexanderite is the national gemstone of Russia. Meanwhile Smoky Quartz has been considered the national gemstone of Scotland and deemed as a sacred stone there. While emphasizing on the name of this gemstone the word “smoky” has relation with the color of the stone (as the natural color of this gemstone is brown), while the word “quartz” has been derived from the German word “quarz”.
Since ancient times this gemstone has been believed one of the rarest semi precious brown shades gemstones, while other rare brown hue gemstones include black beryl, topaz and brown corundum. Romans employ this gemstone for carving intaglio seals because this gemstone has been considered one of the easiest to cut and provide different shape due to this flexibility. The Sumerians also used this gemstone for cylinder seals and for ring seal purpose. In China smoky quartz had been used for preparing snuff bottles.
In Egypt too this gemstone was used for composing scarab figures and utilized in various jewelry items. You can see the usage of this gemstone in jewelry and other ancient items in various museums all over the world. Due to its relationship with water, in ancient times, smoky quartz was used for creating rain in different parts of Pacific, Australia and New Guinea. While in Eleusinian mysteries this quartz was used for producing fire.
If you research around, you will find that brown hue gemstones like smoky quartz beads are getting popular all over the world of late. The popularity of this gemstone is due to the fact that it is not only affordable but also can be integrated with autumn color gemstones, which are perfect for a wonderful evening. It will not be surprising if while researching you will come across different designs in various jewelry items like earrings, pendants, rings and necklaces with this crystal. It is no secret that in this gemstone the hue of smoky quartz beads is formed with the inclusion of yellow gold, bronze and golden colors in it. When included in a pendant smoky quartz beads would look stunning.
Just imagine the spectacular outcome when smoky quartz beads are incorporated with silver/gold or both jewelry items. But in majority of jewelry items you will come to know that smoky quartz beads are used as a centerpiece.