1.7" Tibetan Smoky Quartz Crystal - Tibet

This is a natural smoky quartz crystal from the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet. This type of smoky quartz is commonly referred to as "Tibetan Smoky Quartz". Some crystals from this location have black inclusions, while others have smoky coloration due to natural irradiation. These crystals will often contain enhydro (water bubbles) inclusions which are best found using good lighting and rotating the crystal, watching for any bubble or inclusion movement within the crystal.

Smoky quartz is a grey-brown to black variety of quartz. This common name is derived from the appearance of smoke within the quartz crystal. Depending on the location and the chemicals present during formation, smoky quartz can appear opaque black, but it is typically translucent to some extent. It is believed that the quartz gains this color from a combination of natural irradiation and aluminum impurities.

Quartz is the name given to silicon dioxide (SiO2) and is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich environments--usually igneous rocks or hydrothermal environments like geothermal waters--at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. In either case, crystals will precipitate as temperatures cool, just as ice gradually forms when water freezes. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountain formation: these veins can be hundreds of millions of years old.

Quartz var. Smoky
Himalayan Mountains, Tibet
1.7" long