Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Rock Trivia: Smoky Quartz

Smoky quartz is the national gem of Scotland. The Celts, who began colonizing the British Isles around 300 BC, mined the stone in the Cairngorm Mountains of the Scottish highlands. It is used in Scottish jewellery and as a decoration on ki...lt pins. The largest known crystal is a 52 pound specimen kept at Braemar Castle.
Here's an interesting fact: I 12th century China, flat panes of smoky quartz were used as sunglasses.
Pictured is a Tourmalinated Smoky Quartz.

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