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 Lemon Quartz Gemstone Properties 

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.

Designing with Lemon Quartz

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.

Why limit this gem to jewelry?

Lemon quartz, because of its natural sparkle and shine, brightens up lampshades and window treatments of all styles. Using stormy blue Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire or any rich color that compliments the tones in your décor, string lemon quartz with faceted Czech fire-polished glass beads--or gemstones of your choice--and dangle Swarovski teardrop crystals for a dramatic, shimmering effect. Pin the wire strands 2 to 3 inches apart along the bottom of the shade or window treatment. One of the "fringe" benefits of pinning the wire is that it provides a permanent hold that can be easily removed for cleaning, or interchanged with other gemstone creations for endless decorating possibilities.

The Power of the Stone

Metaphysical Properties

Quartz is said to help structure, focus and amplify thoughts and information. It is also thought to transmit energy. Because the color yellow is associated with clarity, communication and happiness, lemon quartz is believed to help balance and strengthen these aspects.

Geological Properties

The amethyst and yellow quartz mined to create lemon quartz primarily come from Brazil, although deposits of heatable amethyst have also been found in Arizona.

Mineral Properties of Lemon Quartz
Mineral InformationSilicon Dioxide
Chemical CompositionSiO2
AppearanceBright yellow to pale green; translucent
Hardness7 (Moh's)
Specific Gravity2.65
Refractive Index1.54-1.55
Cause of ColorHeat and iron

Proper Care

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.

To learn more about lemon quartz and other gemstones, order your copy of Walter Schumann's revised and expanded edition of GEMSTONES of the World.

For inspirational jewelry design ideas featuring lemon quartz, visit the Gallery of Designs.

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**Please note that all Metaphysical/Healing Properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat varied conditions within one's life. We do not guarantee any of the statements made or the validity of these statements.

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