Quartz is one of the most versatile gemstones on earth. Many people do not know that popular gems - such as citrine, amethyst, onyx and chalcedony - are varieties of quartz. Light citrus-shaded quartz, called lemon quartz, is a sunny and bright stone. Its light greenish to vibrant yellow color is very fashionable and coordinates well with pastel colors.
Quartz has a long history in the gem and jewelry world. The word "quartz" comes from the Greek word krustallos, meaning ice, because it was believed that quartz was ice formed by the gods. Throughout history varieties of quartz have been used in place of the more expensive gems such as yellow sapphire, yellow diamond, and even jade. Since most quartz has been heated to enhance its color, the stones should be kept away from prolonged exposure to strong light or heat, as this can fade its color.
Lemon quartz is associated with clarity of mind and creativity and optimism.
With a Mohs hardness rating of 7, lemon quartz is a good choice for jewelry of all kinds.