Friday, May 20, 2011

Gemstone of the Week: Smokey Quartz

("Talaith" by Handmaden Designs)
Smokey Quartz is a beautiful semi-precious stone that comes in various shades of  of brown to black.  It is the international gemstone of  Scotland where it is known as Cairngrom.  Cairgorm can also be a yellowish brown in addition to the normal shades that Smokey Quartz comes in.  It is found world wide, yet some of the stones that are available on the market have been irradiated and tend to be dark in their colour. It ranges in value from $2-$25 per stone.

Informational Sources:

Newman GG, Renee. Gemstone Buying Guide. Los Angeles: International Jewelry Publications, 2005

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