Each of these 15 inch strand of natural Smokey Quartz is cut into a 4mm rondelle shape and faceted. The beads are medium grey-brown and transparent. This is a great color that can be worn with almost anything.
Quartz is one of the most admired minerals by both geology enthusiasts and those practicing the Metaphysical properties of minerals. Quartz is composed of silica (SiO2), and forms an important part of most igneous rocks. Quartz occurs in crystalline masses, and when conditions permit, it forms hexagonal crystals. Perfect crystals are rare. Industrially, crystal Quartz can be cut in a certain way in order for it to produce an electrical charge. This effect makes Quartz very useful for radio, television, and radar. Colors or inclusions in Quartz are due to the presence of other minerals (particularly iron), combining with Quartz during its formation. Common varieties are rose quartz, amethyst, citrine, rutilated, and tourmalinated quartz. Smoky quartz is a brown to black variety of quartz. Like other quartz, it is a silicon dioxide crystal. The smokey hue results from free silicon, formed from the silicon dioxide by natural irradiation.