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Smoky Quartz

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Formula:
SiO2
Colour:
gray, brown, black
A variety of Quartz

Smoky-gray, brown to black quartz colored by Aluminum-based and irradiation-induced color centers.
The name Morion is used for black smoky quartz.


Smoky quartz is dichroic (from darker yellow-brown to lighter red-brown) when viewed in polarized light. The photo to the left shows the change of color in a smoky quartz crystal that is rotated in front of a LCD display that serves as a source of polarized light.

Note: Very often black or brown crystals that are colored by inclusions of minerals or organic matter are erroneously called "smoky quartz" or "morion". Typical examples of such misnomers are black quartz crystals embedded in sedimentary rocks, as those found in gypsum, anhydrite and limestone in Italy and Spain.


Visit gemdat.org for gemological information about Smoky Quartz.

Classification of Smoky Quartz

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Physical Properties of Smoky Quartz

Vitreous
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Transparent, Translucent
Colour:
gray, brown, black
Comment:
dichroic: darker yellow-brown to lighter red-brown

Chemical Properties of Smoky Quartz

Formula:
SiO2
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Other Names for Smoky Quartz

Name in Other Languages:
Danish:Morion
Estonian:Moorion
Italian:Morione
Latvian:Morions
Lithuanian:Morionas
Norwegian (Bokmål):Røykkvarts
Polish:Morion
Portuguese:Quartzo morion
Russian:Морион
Slovak:Morión
Spanish:Morion
Swedish:Rökkvarts

Other Information

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Smoky Quartz

Reference List:
Marshall, Royal R. (1955): Absorption spectra of smoky quartz from an Arkansas vein deposit and from a Sierran miarolitic granite. Am. Min.: 40: 535-537.

Chudoba, K. F. (1962): Some relations between the causes of amethyst, smoky quartz, and citrine colors as given by modern science. Mineralogicheskii Sbornik (Lvov), (16), 91-105.

Cohen, Alvin J. (1989): New data on the cause of smoky and amethystine color in quartz. Mineralogical Record 20, 365-367.

Internet Links for Smoky Quartz

Specimens:
The following Smoky Quartz specimens are currently listed for sale on minfind.com.

Localities for Smoky Quartz

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