Origin: Scotland, Sri Lanka
Lore: The Sumerians and Egyptians were using this stone before 3100 B.C.E. Later it became popular by the Romans who used it in beaded jewelry. Smokey Quartz is the national gem of Scotland, whose national scepter includes a large Smokey Quartz on its top. Quartz is has always been greatly valued in Scotland, where several of the clans have hereditary "victory stones." In some parts of both Scotland and Ireland, the people still pour water over certain ancient crystals and will give this water to their cattle as a protection against enchantments, illness, and attack by fairies. This color of quartz is also known in Scotland as cairngorm, named for the Cairngorm Mountains, and was set in the hilts of the Scottish Dirks and in brooches.
Mystical: Smokey quartz is a grounding and stabilizing stone. It brings calm and centering, lifts depression, enhances practicality, and generally removes negative energies, bringing happiness. Smokey quartz is also a good luck stone. It can also assist in tapping subconscious wisdom. Smokey quartz is a protective stone, particularly for physical protection, protection from negativity, and psychic protection. Smokey quartz is associated with the root chakra.