One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for smoky quartz
- ‘They dated back to the days of Shay Leri and her king Alorath, he remembered vaguely; the old amber velvet that covered the seat and footstool and the great cairngorm set into the back were some of the prizes they had gathered on their travels.’
- ‘Quartz is colourless when pure but minute amounts of impurities or lattice imperfections give rise to varieties such as amethyst, cairngorm, rose quartz, and smoky quartz.’
Late 18th century: named after the Cairngorm Mountains.
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