Smokey or Smoky Quartz Crystals

Protection & Grounding

➤ By Liz Oakes

Smoky Quartz crystals are one of the premier grounding and anchoring stones that transmute negative energy by grounding it back down into the earth.

These crystals are strongly protective and are excellent to keep within your aura.

If you are on a spiritual quest and have been working on any of your psychic abilities it is possible you may have become ungrounded.

This stone is purpose built to solve that problem, as it will bring you down to earth quickly.

Smoky Quartz also called Smokey Quartz Crystals

They are highly beneficial healing crystals for you to use with strong metaphysical properties to keep you safe from negativity.

They are beneficial crystals to keep with your tarot cards if you are a tarot reader.

They will release any negative vibrations that might be in the cards from clients who have negative energy.

If you are a spiritual worker such as a clairvoyant, you may take advantage of this stones ability as a stone of psychic protection. is reader-supported. When you buy through links on my site, I may earn an affiliate commission. Click Here to learn more.

Where Does Smokey aka Smoky Quartz Come From?

Smokey Quartz Crystals have been found in Africa, Switzerland, Madagascar, Brazil, Australia and the United States. 

The color of the natural Smoky Quartz crystal may vary, and it can be a light smoky gray, a brownish gray color through to a dark Black Smoky Quartz.

Various parts of the world spell their name as Smokey Quartz, especially in Scotland, where Smokey Cairngorm Quartz is commonly spelled this way.

Banded Smoky QuartzBanded Smoky Quartz

The lighter stone may be transparent and many have quite complex crystalline structures within the stone. Some black Smoky Quartz is not natural but is produced by unnatural irradiation.

Natural Black Smoky Quartz from Morella in Victoria Australia is a particular variety that is unusual as its color occurs naturally, see pictures and more information further down the page.

There are also Smoky Crystals in the elestial formation that are easy to buy, and there are also pieces that contain Golden Rutile, see image further down page.

It is also one of the minerals in the lovely crystals from the Espirito Santo area in Brazil now known as Amethyst Cacoxenite trademarked as Super Seven crystals.

The Banded Smoky Quartz showing above is one of newer finds and has an unusual look.

Why Would You Use Smoky Quartz Crystals?

Having one of these stones in the environment is very helpful and ensuring you are grounded is a very important part of doing any spiritual work.

If you work on a computer, having one next to it will help to remove the electromagnetic energy that will be created in the room.

So this is a very useful and wonderful stone to wear upon your body, especially if you are doing any spiritual work or healing.

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This stone is known to assist you if you are sensitive to the emissions of man-made electrical devices.

If you have electrical sensitivity when in the vicinity of computers, wifi and other devices that emit electromagnetic energy, this stone may help you to deal with these emissions.

You may use a piece of this stone as part of your daily meditation with crystals, and afterwards, if it a small piece you can keep it on your body.

One of the benefits of natural Smoky Quartz is that, being a quartz crystal it has a strong ability to amplify the energy of not only itself, but also any other stones you may combine with it, which may be helpful for healing.

Smokey Quartz Crystals Healing Properties

Natural Smokey Quartz has excellent healing properties and they are powerful  to use for physical healing and are purported to help those with suicidal tendencies.

This crystal is helpful to keep within your energy field as it is both a base or root chakra stone and an earth star chakra stone.

Its strong energy moves down from the base chakra through the earth star chakra and will ground you to Mother Gaia.

Smoky QuartzSmoky Quartz in a Transmitter Formation

These stones will absorb an enormous amount of negativity from many different sources and this can be helpful if negative emotions are making life difficult.

They are strong healing stones that help to relieve pain and may assist muscle cramps though their action to release negative energy.

They are particularly good crystals for psychic protection, so are powerful to use to protect you from negative entities.

Because natural Smoky Quartz crystals are naturally irradiated, it is a helpful stone for those undergoing radiation treatment to keep close to them.

These crystals have the ability to amplify the healing outcomes for those who are receiving these treatments, and they offer protection from many types of negativity in the environment.

How To Use Smoky Quartz Crystal

To boost the healing of yourself or loved ones program your quartz crystals to aid your healing.

If you are feeling unhappy or are in a bad mood and pick up one of these Smoky Quartz Crystals, you will find your good humor seems to return very quickly.

They are also purported to assist panic attacks and are  good stones to help you during difficult situations that you find hard to deal with.

These natural crystals may ground most of the negativity that they absorb into the earth star chakra.

But it is still advisable to regularly cleanse the stones you are using, and fortunately cleaning quartz crystals is very easy.

This is especially important for those which you are using to remove negativity, so that they will remain functioning at their best.

If you are also charging your crystals and are using sunlight, just make sure that you do not place them in direct sunlight for too long as they can easily fade.

Benefits of Natural Smoky Quartz Crystals

There are a number of excellent properties and benefits of Smoky quartz crystals. They come in a number of crystal configurations and all are powerful healing crystals.

A fairly unusual way that it occurs in in combination with Amethyst and Snow Quartz in Smoky Chevron Amethyst crystal. There is more about it on the in-depth article about Chevron Amethyst.

There are many ways that this stone can be found and this includes formations such as the lovely Temple Heart Dow shown below.

Th Temple Heart Dow pictured below is an example of a fairly uncommon but very powerful quartz formation.

If you want to know about the meanings of quartz configurations, you can read more about them on the specific page about the various quartz formations.

Smoky Quartz DowVery Dark Smoky Quartz Dow Formation

Smoky Elestial Quartz has the same strong grounding and protective qualities as ordinary Smoky Quartz.

In addition, Elestials are powerful stones for spiritual growth, and although the stones have the same or similar coloration, they have natural terminations on the body and faces of the stones.

It is the vibration of the Elestial quartz configuration that is much higher, and these formations have a strong spiritual energy and excellent metaphysical properties for spiritual advancement.

Who Should Use It? Wearing Your Crystals

These stones are found on the zodiac related list of birthstones.

It is simple to obtain one of these natural crystals as they come in a variety of different sizes, so it is very easy to purchase a piece that will suit you, like my Smoky Quartz necklace below.

Attractive Smoky Quartz jewelry is easy to buy, and the color of these crystals come in a range of shades and make lovely jewelry.

Smoky Quartz, Black Tourmaline & Amethyst pendantSmoky Quartz, Black Tourmaline & Amethyst pendant

They are a birthstone for the Capricorn sign, so lovely Smoky Quartz pendants and rings are often available.

Smoky quartz gemstone jewelry comes in a number of forms and regardless of your choice they are an excellent stone to use for healing.

If you are working with clients who are sick, they may be releasing a lot of negativity, so it is recommended to wear one of these stones at all times.

Depending on your reason for buying them you may need to consider the attributes you require when selecting Smoky Quartz jewelry.

Smoky Quartz Meaning and Uses: Home Protection Stones

Smoky Quartz crystals have many excellent meanings and uses if you feel any sense of unease about the possibility of anyone who is unwanted coming into your home.

You can grid an area near the entrance with these stones to give you peace of mind from intruders.

They are also highly protective stones, that will protect you from negativity. They are strong crystals to prevent negative thinking as they take any negative energy down into the earth.

Smoky QuartzBlack Morella Smoky Quartz

Their role as crystals to protect your home is well known as they are strong psychic protection stones.

They help to release any negativity from unwanted sources and remove it. In addition as they are made of quartz, they can be programmed to create even greater protection.

If you don't know how to program crystals it may be worth looking at this, as it is an advantageous way to protect you and can also aid your healing if you learn how to do it.

Increase Your Overall Spirituality & Health

Smokey Quartz is easy to buy, and it is a good stone to use regularly in meditation.

It may both boost your spiritual growth and help to create clarity of thought and aid you to allow the process to proceed more easily.

If you are someone who is on a spiritual journey, and you want an increase in your overall spirituality and health, this stone could be a powerful adjunct to your life.

Whenever you are making decisions about which stones to use, if you are at all unsure try holding one in your hand. 

Smoky QuartzSmoky Quartz Bead Bracelet

Your decision may be much easier to make once you feel the way that Smoky Quartz Crystals so easily seem to change how you feel.

Its beneficial to keep a piece of Smokey Quartz on you constantly, and you may like to use them in combination with a few other powerful grounding and protective stones.

They are also helpful stones to utilize if you are having nightmares and the Smoky Elestial formation is an excellent crystal for bad dreams.

Black Morella Smokey Quartz

Black Morella Smoky Quartz are naturally irradiated while in the earth, and this helps them to be a useful healing stone, especially if you are undergoing radiation treatment.

As they are a variety of quartz, this will amplify their unique healing qualities, so it is good to keep them close to you after treatments.

Smoky QuartzMorella Black Smoky Quartz

The crystal properties of these unusual naturally occurring black crystal stones from Morella in Victoria Australia, are unique, and different than the other Smoky Quartz.

They are an excellent stone that may improve the healing outcomes for those who are receiving these treatments.

They are strong grounding stones, as they help to move excess energy down from the base chakra to the earth star chakra to ground you to Mother Gaia.

Smoky Quartz Citrine Benefits

Sometimes natural Citrine is sold as Smoky Quartz Citrine and it may be a lighter more yellowish color or a mix of colors like in the crystals shown here.

Smoky Citrine may have the attributes of both stones. But you need to be intuitive when selecting the stone you require.

Lovely natural Citrines are wonderful crystals for attracting prosperity, so they embody a powerful energy in their own right.

Smoky Quartz CitrineSmoky Quartz Citrine

These crystals are strong base or root chakra stones, and there are many stones that are Citrine Smoky mixes that may be effective to heal all of the lower three chakras.

Although it is recommended as a base chakra or earth star chakra stone, it has been known to be a very effective solar plexus chakra or power chakra stone.

Cairngorm Quartz: Smokey Quartz From Scotland

Cairngorm quartz is a variety of Smokey Quartz that is found in Scotland. Also called Cairngorm stone, it is the national gem of Scotland.

They have been mined for a long time in the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland which is where their name originates.

Both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert loved these crystals, so they became popular during her reign, with gemstone jewelry being made from them.

There is more about the history of this variety and information about a specific book on the subject, on the website featuring author Roy Starkey.

Best Crystals To Use With Smoky Quartz

What are the most beneficial crystals to combine with Smoky Quartz?

You may also choose to use them with Smoky Elestial quartz or Amethyst Cacoxenite crystals for advancing your spiritual growth.

 For spiritual transformation combine it with Moldavite or Tanzanite.

If you feel you need more protection that this stone may give you, use it with other psychic protection stones.

Other highly protective stones includes Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli and Malachite.

It is particularly powerful combined with Sugilite, which is a strong stone for both grounding and psychic protection.

Jet is excellent worn against the skin, as it will naturally build up an electrical charge, so Jet jewelry is an excellent asset.

Both Jet and Smokey Quartz combine well with a naturally magnetic stone called Magnetite or Lodestone.

Use it with Spurrite to accentuate positive feelings and good humor.

This combination will strengthen the Smokey quartz energy, so this is a real benefit. For spiritual transformation combine it with Moldavite.

If you have a sensitivity to the emissions from electromagnetic devices, there are a number of other stones that may help you.

You may benefit by combining this crystal with  some other helpful stones including Shungite, Aegirine, Black Tourmaline, Amazonite or Flint.

Any of the spiritual grounding stones will combine well with Smoky Quartz, including Black Obsidian and a type of Obsidian called Apache Tears.

Black Spinel, Black Tourmaline and Dravite, also known as Brown Tourmaline will combine well with it.

Smoky Quartz is a strong earth chakra and base chakra stone, so using it with other stones for these chakras may be beneficial to connect to mother nature.

Earth chakra stones are known for their strong connection to mother earth and to the natural world.

Earth chakra stones include the grounding stones above but in addition you may choose to use other earth chakra stones.

Many earth star chakra stones are also colored brown, including Dravite Brown Tourmaline, Axinite, Limonite and Bronzite, but many are other colors. 

If it is the only quartz crystal you have, you may find that it is beneficial to combine it with another stone in the quartz family, especially Clear Quartz also called rock crystal.

Clear Quartz or rock quartz is known as the universal healer as it works so well in a healing environment. Many pieces have inclusions of other minerals, and they do not have to be totally clear to benefit you.

Other types of quartz that combine well with Smoky Quartz includes Rose Quartz, Rutilated Quartz and Chlorite Quartz.

More Pictures Of Smoky Quartz

Some pieces of Smoky Citrine may be quite pale with a touch of Smoky color, yet others like the one above have a bright yellow coloration and a powerful energy to boost manifestation.

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Note: When you use the vibration of crystals to help and support your healing remember that crystals are part of an holistic approach to your health.

Metaphysical healing uses universal energy so does not stand alone and can be used with any other type of healing. 

Using the energy of crystals for healing yourself is about finding a way to enhance conventional medicine not replace it. So always seek out medical treatment for any worrying health issue.

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