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Smoky Topaz: Seeing Through the Smoke by Andrew Stratton

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Smoky Topaz: Seeing Through the Smoke

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Before gemologists had dissected this lustrous brown gemstone, it was known as smoky topaz. Once they dug into the chemical composition of this stone, they realized it wasn't what it appeared to be-it was actually quartz. Topaz is a fluorine aluminum silicate where as quartz is a silicon dioxide. However, people were familiar with the name and, for convenience, it is still sometimes called smoky topaz.

Quartz comes in many colors and there are two possible reasons for the brown shades. The presence of aluminum particles in the mineral may contribute to the color, but irradiation from the earth may also be the cause. It could also be a little bit of both. In the lab, colorless quartz is sometimes irradiated to pull out the brown hues.

Where does it come from? Quartz is everywhere. It is the most common mineral-it's even in the dust floating in the air. But, the stones in a smoky topaz bracelet likely came from some mountainous region like the Rocky Mountains of Colorado or the Swiss Alps.

One region famous for its smoky topaz quartz is Scotland. Though the mines of Cairngorm Mountain aren't producing vast numbers anymore, they are still mined for their historical value. Why? Because it is the national gemstone for Scotland. It even holds a place of honor as the tip of the national scepter.

Does it have a special day? This gemstone is not a birthstone, but it doesn't have to be. Smoky topaz quartz is very affordable and makes stunning jewelry. The brown earth tones make it a great addition to a fall outfit, but it also goes well with the colors of spring and summer. As a necklace, ring or brooch, it is a versatile accessory.

Mysticism and More Smoky topaz quartz joins the ranks of all the gemstones that are thought to have mystical powers that affect the wearer. In particular, it is supposed to help make things clearer, open the mind and reveal solutions. Another mystical power is the ability to enhance psychic abilities.

For healing the body, it aids in the functioning of the reproductive and digestive system. For healing the mind, it elevates the mood and allows the wearer to overcome depression. Supporting this theory is its supposed ability to absorb negative energy from the person wearing it. If it can do all of this, could it really hurt to sport a smoky topaz pendant year round?

Tips for cleaning On the Mohs scale of hardness, all varieties of quartz rank a 7. This means that a smoky topaz bracelet can withstand the wear and tear of daily wear. But, just because it is fairly durable doesn't mean its strength should be tested. It can be scratched or chipped if beaten up too much. To get the grit and grime off, soak the pieces in warm soapy water and scrub with a soft brush. That should be enough to get it back to its original velvety sheen.

Because of its affordability, there are a variety of settings and cuts and they are set either alone or paired with other gemstones. There is something for everyone and every occasion. Smoky topaz quartz is a sexy and sophisticated gemstone when paired with fancy attire, but can be simple and lovely when paired with jeans and a t-shirt.

The smokey topaz is thought to help the wearer overcome depression, enhance psychic abilities, open the mind and reveal solutions. This brown stone can make a stunning piece of jewelry and enhance the beauty of earth toned fashions. Find more unique gemstone jewelry at

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