In antiquity, smoky quartz was used as a protective stone and the ancient Romans used it to help them recover from grief. It is said to stimulate fertility and bring inner calm to its wearer. It can also help to ground people in order to organize their lives, which is why it may be a good ring to wear when balancing a check book or doing taxes. It is said to lend focus to students and patience to teachers and clear the wearer of negative energy. According to some theories, holding a smoky quartz in each hand can help alleviate stressful situations.