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Alligator quartz on smoky quartz base Druid priests revered smoky quartz for its connection to the gods of the heavens and the earth. In Studio Greytak’s alligator quartz on smoky quartz base, stout crystal prisms, nearly as broad as they are tall, stand side by side forming a formidable spiritual fortress. The story it tells is one of power and persistence. Epic geological battles marked by rapid swings in temperature and pressure caused the growth of the crystals to stop and start, creating uneven layers that, over time, resemble the geometric patterns on the skin of alligators. It sits on a smooth version of this powerful crystal known for channeling the highest energies. Negativity and stress are neutralized and dispersed by the positivity of smoky quartz. Alligator quartz practically begs to be touched. The intricate geometry of similarly-shaped crystal facets all aligned in the same direction creates a unique texture-a tactile labyrinth of smooth faces and distinct channels. Even more compelling, some stones are etched with complex and less precise patterns across the facets like an ancient, mysterious language. It is said that those who read the lines with their fingertips will access ancient wisdom and spiritual guidance Quartz grows as a result of extreme heat and pressure, the consistent environment allowing each microscopic crystal to align and stack uniformly. However, when conditions are unstable, the growth starts and stops and starts again. New growth doesn’t always begin precisely where the old left off, sometimes leaving hollow cavities or trapping gas, liquid, or other minerals between the layers. And sometimes the change in conditions can even cause the existing crystals to begin to dissolve, leaving depressions and lines along the surface. The ancient knowledge of the heavens and earth reside within the intricate layers of the alligator quartz. Touching the stone can reveal buried pain, open a doorway to self-healing, or build a deeper understanding of the problems one faces. Healers use these powerful crystals to find balance between the heart and the mind. All quartz crystals are regarded as powerful light stones able to channel the highest energies. Smoky quartz fuses that celestial power with an earthier, more primal essence. Where clear quartz is used to communicate with the sky spirits, smoky quartz has an additional link to the Earth gods and goddesses. The result is a gem of immense strength and stability. Smoky quartz begins as clear quartz, usually within granite. Over time, the granite host releases a natural form of energy that changes the atomic structure of the quartz. As a result, smoky quartz crystals range from a pale amber brown to storm-cloud gray to an almost opaque black. A special variety of smoky quartz called Cairngorm comes from a mountain range of the same name in Scotland. Ancient Druid priests revered the saturated, earthy-colored stones and used them for scrying, healing, and the most sacred of rituals. Place this piece where light can shine onto each facet, opening doorways to a world of primal knowledge.  


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    H 11 in. x W 17 in. x D 9.5 in.H 27.94 cm x W 43.18 cm x D 24.13 cm
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    Missoula, MT
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Studio Greytak

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Studio Greytak is a conceptual art project by John Greytak. He explores the intersection between design by nature and design by humans. He does this by curating and collecting the most compelling examples of works from nature, then offering them up to a select group of designers who work with him at his design center in the Treasure State of Montana.

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