So far in our series on top fall gems, we’ve looked at two stones with bold, saturated color: garnet and citrine. The final gem that rounds out this series, smokey quartz, isn’t quite as bold, but it’s no less stunning. Smokey quartz rings and other pieces that feature this unique stone provide a more muted sparkle, with a look that seems to overflow with understated class.
As its name suggests, smokey quartz has a soft brown hue with a hint of gray—a color that really does call to mind a curl of smoke rising from a fall bonfire. This subtle and sophisticated sparkle is unique in that it’s able to complement both warm and cool colors (and both warm and cool skin tones), making it an incredibly versatile addition to any jewelry collection. And, it’s wearable not only during the fall season, but all year round.
In addition, like garnet and citrine, smokey quartz is a semiprecious gemstone, and as such it provides a big dose of style with a relatively low price tag. It’s an excellent wallet-friendly alternative for fans of mocha diamonds, and a gorgeous stone in its own right.
Smokey quartz is stunning when paired with diamonds as the colorless glimmer of this most timeless of gems provides gentle contrast with the smokey quartz’s alluring hue, and the beauty of this pairing is clearly seen in the regal Cushion-Cut 3.52 Carat Smoky Quartz and Diamond Ring. The star of this undeniably glamorous style is a 9mm cushion-cut smokey quartz, and it’s surrounded by a frame of 16 small round diamonds, 0.40 carats in all, that add subtle and sophisticated contrast. Held by a gleaming 14K white gold band that splits as it approaches the center gem, these gemstones crown this ring with a huge dose of class.
If you’d rather wear this unique gem in a style that’s provides a contemporary take on a classic look, don’t miss the Smoky Quartz Tension Set Ring in 14K White Gold! This eye-catching variation on the timeless solitaire has a chic tension setting as the gleaming 14K white gold band elegantly curves to hug a round 6.5mm smokey quartz on the top and bottom, squeezing it like a tender embrace. The simple yet striking form of this ring, paired with its warm yet soft gemstone, makes this design stand out.
A pair of smokey quartz earrings is another excellent way to add understated fall glamour to your look, and the 1.20 Carat Smokey Quartz and Diamond Earrings are lovely picks. These earrings showcase a pair of 5mm smokey quartzes, 2.10 carats in all, sitting elegantly below accent diamonds. Their versatile style is just as fitting with your fall finest as it is with jeans and a cozy sweater.
Whether you pair them with autumn’s bolder hues or with equally subdued colors, pieces of smokey quartz jewelry have go-anywhere beauty that makes them standout picks for the season. These pieces provide strong statements without shouting, a powerful testament to their understated glamour.