Lemon Quartz - lemonquartz.com
The ultimate guide to this Brazilian Gemstone.
Fact: It is treated by gamma radiation, which is a quick process that doesn't leave any radiation (similar to radiation treatment of vegetables).
What is lemon quartz?
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.
Quartz comes from all over the world with some of the most famous sources including Brazil and Africa. Most of the world supply of lemon quartz comes from Brazil.
Let's take a closer look at this gem...
Lemon Yellow Gemstone
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 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).
A proper cut will help a gemstone sparkle. A gemstone that isn't cut well can look like a window (windowing is actually the term used for looking through the table out the pavilion of the stone). Ideally the stone should be cut so that when you look in you can't see out the back. The light should reflect against the facets on the pavilion of the stone and shoot back out the face of the stone. A lemon quartz can be cut as an oval, emerald cut (octagon shape), round, trillion, pear shape, cushion shape, as well as a number of fancy shapes.
Why I love Green Gold so much, and YOU SHOULD TOO
You can find big gems at low low prices. This makes it a fun gemstone. That's part of why I call lemon quartz the worry-free gemstone.
Where can you buy lemon quartz?
Lemon quartz is available in many jewelry stores that carry semi-precious gemstone jewelry.
Check out our lemon quartz price guide for an idea of what lemon quartz should cost.