Smokey quartz

Smoky quartz is characterized by its brown, wood and smoky-like color. Popular in all kinds of cuts the gemstone is the perfect „mix and match“ candidate, especially in combination with soft tones of old pink, such as: zircon, tourmaline and wild sapphire. Doesn’t this gem and color combination help you drift away to picturesque villages with timbered houses that are surrounded by flourishing roses? Smoky quartz is also a key stone in our SS 2018 ‘Rosewood’ collection.

Colors: smoky brown

Where to dig for it: Brazil

Mohs hardness:


The Mohs hardness scale

The Mohs hardness scale describes a scale from 1 to 10, which indicates the relative hardness of a mineral. Diamond is the hardest substance in the world and is therefore rated with the highest hardness grade of 10. To further illustrate the Moh's hardness it helps to imagine that a moonstone
(hardness 6) is about as hard as the blade of a kitchen knife. A fingernail would only measure a grade of 2-2.5 on the scale.

At Bron, the hardness plays a minor role. Our overriding selection criteria are color and the ‘liveliness’ of a gemstone.