September 17, 2010

Friday Gem! - Smoky Quartz

Rough Smoky Quartz by fyngyrz

Smoke Gray Artisanal Wool Coat by patriciaayres

Color: Brown to Black, Smoky Gray
Color: Café a Negro, Gris Ahumado
Hardness: 7 Mohs (good)
Dureza: 7 Mohs (buena)
If you were curious:
It owns its name because of its smoked color, it's wrong to call it "smoked topaz".
A very dark brown to black opaque variety is known as Morion. (1)
Quartz is the most common of all minerals and accounts for as much as 12% of the volume of the earth's crust!
The name "quartz" comes from the Greek word krustallos, meaning ice, because it was thought that quartz was ice formed by the gods. (2)
Si te daba curiosidad:
* Su nombre se debe a su color ahumado, es incorrecto llamarlo "Topacio ahumado"
* La variedad que va de café oscuro a negro opaco es llamada Morion.
* El cuarzo es el más común de los minerales, ocupa el 12% del volumen de la corteza terrestre!
* El nombre "cuarzo" viene del griego krustallos, que significa hielo, porque se pensaba que el cuarzo era hielo formado por los dioses.
OriginBrazil, Madagascar, Rusia, Scotland, Switzerland, Ukraine
Origen: Brasil, Madagascar, Rusia, Escocia, Suiza, Ucrania
Taking care of your gem 
* Ultrasonic Cleaning: NO
* Steamer Cleaning: NO
* Warm Soapy Water: YES
* Reacts to Heat: YES 
* Reacts to Light (Sun): YES
* Reacts to Chemicals: YES
Cuidando tu gema 
* Lavado en ultrasonido: NO
* Lavado con vapor caliente: NO
* Agua jabonosa tibia: SI
* Reacciona al calor: SI
* Reacciona a la luz (Sol): SI
* Reacciona a los químicos: SI
A little note
I've been so disappeared from the blog! I'm going through a lot of big personal changes, but I'm back! From today on I'll be introducing you a gem each friday, including some tips for taking care of them in case you own them!
He estado muy desaparecida del blog! Estoy atravesando por muchos cambios personales, pero acá estoy de vuelta! Desde hoy en adelante estaré presentando la gema del viernes, incluyendo algunos tips sobre como cuidarlas!
Some day I'd like to study gemology and know more about these beauties! In the meanwhile, I hope these posts inspire you as much as they inspire me.
Algún día me gustaría estudiar gemología! Mientras tando, espero que estos posts te inspiren tanto como a mi.


  1. you are always amazing,never mind taking a break from blogging is good, see you around all the best, you are up for an award on my blog soon check it up

  2. I love this! I take so many photos of wrought iron, its so romantic and it inspires me. And I loved all the bikes when I was in Amsterdam... lots of great pics with them!


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