Smoky Gets In Your Eyes
Quartz itself is abundant, and found the world over. Its large crystals make for sublime massive sculptural objets and in more transportable sizes for elegant jewelry as shown here. Smoky quartz is the transparent brown to brownish-black version of the silica material, and occurs naturally but it can also be treated to achieve the sultry hue. Cutters know that if pulverized--something that of course happens on the polishing wheel, the minuscule shards can be pointy and dangerous--so watch out if you tinker with this material.
Images of Vanessa Leu Marquise Earrings, Retail, $12,000 Courtesy D'Orazio & Associates.