Lemon Quartz, gemstone with dazzling yellow sparkle

This mineral is the most common and abundant of the gemstone minerals and it comes in pretty much any color. This mineral is made of silicon dioxide. There are numerous possibilities for the evolution of its name. But, the ancient German word "quartz," seems a likely place to start. While amethyst and citrine are very popular varieties, lemon, lime and green quartz are gaining popularity.

Lemon quartz is the lemon yellow variety of quartz. It is more lemon in color than a citrine, which has tones of orange in it.

Citrine and Amethyst are both in the quartz family of gemstones. Some people mistakenly call prasiolite lemon quartz -- prasiolite has a green tone in it, and is also called green amethyst. It is also known as green gold or lemon citrine. Lemon quartz is created by heating amethyst, yellow quartz and iron together at extremely high temperatures.

This heating process is what gives lemon quartz its brilliant, yellow color. The radiant beauty of lemon quartz is truly dazzling, particlarly when light catches the facets and it truly comes to life.

Lemon quartz is a hexagonal silicon dioxide crystal. Although the gemstone is abundant throughout the world, they are most commonly mined in the metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks of Brazil. Iron content of the rocks and lab supervised gamma radiation gives the gemstone its unique yellow-orange colorThe brilliant mineral-based stone can be found naturally when walking along river beds or on beaches where volcanic activity deposited molten sediment long ago.

The most famous sources include Brazil and Africa. Most of the world supply of lemon quartz comes from Brazil.Lemon quartz is mined in Brazil. Large crystals can be found. The quartz crystal system (silicon dioxide) is abundant in Brazil, and throughout most of the world. It is a relative of amethyst (which is a purple quartz).

Lemon quartz is very durable with a Mohs hardness rating of 7, making it a viable option for everyday jewelry or craft projects. The gemstone is considered transparent to translucent with a glass-like luster.

Lemon quartz is ideal for jewelry. Either in silver or gold jewelry, lemon quartz is usually cut in large sizes (as in 5 carats and up). It is being used in bold gemstone jewelry because it is easy and affordable to use a large lemon quartz (whereas other stones are simply not available or affordable in large sizes - like diamonds).The citrus colored stone is also worn as an alternate birthstone for the month of February.

Many designers like to complement lemon quartz with amethyst, or contrast it with black onyx. A favorite among designer artists is to alternate lemon quartz with hand-carved, oval carnelian. The deep, reddish-orange of carnelian balances the translucent, sparkly yellow of the lemon quartz, offering unique and inviting combinations. Accent with sterling spacers or Hill Tribes beads of like or varying sizes. This stone is ideal for dressing up everyday wear because of its durability and neutral tone.

Lemon quartz, because of its natural sparkle and shine, brightens up lampshades and window treatments of all styles.

Lemon quartz is fairly hard so it can be cleaned with a steamer or ultrasonic cleaner. Store lemon quartz out of direct sunlight to preserve its color.

Since lemon quartz is abundant in nature and economically priced, 5 carat or larger stones are common. Often displayed in cushion, emerald, oval, pear shape, round and trillion cuts, lemon quartz can be found in bead-style bracelets, pendants and rings. Lemon quartz is faceted to catch light, creating a dazzling lemon-yellow sparkle.

Lemon quartz is often displayed is gold or silver settings to highlight the rich yellow color of the gemstone. Black onyx, deep orange carnelian and purple amethyst stones are often set with lemon quartz for a beautiful contrast of light and dark colors.

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