It might be a little confusing, but smoky topaz is actually quartz. Until its chemical composition was studied, it was believed to be a topaz and that’s what it was called. Once it was broken down, gemologists discovered it was silicon dioxide which is quartz not fluorine aluminum silicate which is topaz. To avoid the confusion, just know that smoky topaz and smoky quartz are one and the same.
It doesn’t get to be a birthstone, but giving a smoky topaz pendant as a birthday gift is a good idea any day of the year. This stone comes in a variety of shades from tan to a dark brown shade resembling a piece of decadent chocolate minus the guilt. Another plus is that it is affordable too. So, it is easy to enjoy the variety of settings and cuts of smoky topaz by owning several pieces.
It is very easy to take care of smoky topaz quartz jewelry because it is relatively hard with a rank of 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This also means that it is a great accessory for everyday wear.
Whether set in gold or silver, a smoky topaz pendant looks great against tanned skin in the summer or with an elegant evening gown for a Christmas formal.