Yellow "Jade" Quartz

Meaning and Properties

Yellow "Jade" Quartz History

Yellow "jade" is not a true jade or jadeite stone; instead it is a trade name for a cloudy quartz with a pale to mid-dark yellow coloration--sometimes all in the same piece. This stone may include a range of inclusions. It can also be referred to as golden "jade," "butter quartz" or "butter cream quartz."

The color of yellow "jade" is often enhanced with dyes. The variant called golden "jade" is left as is.

Yellow "Jade" Quartz Metaphysical Properties

As a member of the quartz family (like citrine), yellow "jade"/butter quartz is used by crystal practitioners for many of the same uses as other quartz stones. It is said to be a stone of wisdom, helping users to learn from their experiences and gain self-confidence. Yellow as a color also symbolizes warmth and joy. This stone is also believed to affect the digestive system and increase the metabolism.

Yellow "jade"--as a stone with a yellow coloration--is associated with the solar plexus chakra for its ability to soothe anxiety. It is not a current birthstone, but it has been historically assigned to the summer months, especially the sign of Leo.

Yellow "Jade" Quartz Geological Properties

Yellow "jade"/butter quartz is a quartz. Quartz is the best-known piezoelectric gem--that is, it is able to carry an electrical charge when exposed to an applied voltage, in response to pressure or in response to mechanical stressors. Quartz is also a pyroelectric gem--able to generate an electric charge through rapid states of temperature change. These are the scientific qualities behind reliable and accurate quartz movements in watches (regardless of weather). The same properties mean it is ideal for use in microphones, speakers, filters--even sonar!

Yellow "jade" deposits are found worldwide.

Mineral Information Silicon dioxide with a range of possible inclusions
Chemical Composition SiO2 with a range of possible inclusions
Color Pale to intense golden-yellow color
Hardness 7 (Mohs)
Specific Gravity 2.65
Refractive Index 1.54 - 1.55
Cause of Color Iron and dyes

Proper Care of Yellow "Jade" Quartz

Yellow "jade" is fairly hard so it can be cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner. Avoid heat with most forms of colorful quartzes to prevent hue shift. Store yellow "jade"/butter quartz out of direct sunlight to preserve its color.

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Designing with Yellow "Jade" Quartz

The warm hues of yellow "jade"/butter quartz are perfectly complemented by gold. For a warm effect, combine yellow "jade" with other orange-red stones like carnelian, aragonite or red aventurine. For striking appeal, alternate yellow "jade" drops with black onyx and sterling silver-filled beads. For high contrast, mix with blue materials such as dumortierite, lapis lazuli, sodalite or turquoise.

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