Description: The lemon quartz, sometimes also called “Oro Verde” has an intense lemon yellow color with a very slight tip of green giving it a nice tangy hue. This color of quartz does not exist in nature and is always obtained by a harmless and permanent treatment which guarantees to the stone the persistence of the color obtained. Only a few amethysts, quartz and citrine from Brazil alone are suitable for this treatment and are likely to become Lemon quartz. The stone undergoes gamma irradiation and is then heated to obtain this much appreciated color.
Characteristic: Lemon quartz has an hardness of 7 onto the Moh’s scale. Its refractive index is located between 1.544 and 1.553. Lemon quartz also has a density of 2.65. The crystallo-chemistry of this gemstone is SiO2, which is silicium dioxide. Due to its specific characteristics such as toughness and hardness, quartz lemon is ideal for any type of jewelry mounting. However, it is preferable to avoid excessive heat during crimping in order not to risk changing the color. It is a rustic stone that is not afraid of household products and is cleaned with soapy water and alcohol. Excessive exposure to intense daylight can sometimes make the color fade.
Etymology: The name “lemon quartz” has no ancient etymology, since the stone is artificially created. However, it has been called lemon quartz because of its yellow color reminding the lemon.
History: This stone was created by man recently and has actually no ancient uses.
Power: The color yellow is often associated with clarity, happiness and communication, and lemon quartz is thought to bring balance and positive energy to its wearer. It is a very popular and affordable gemstone. Very clean and large stones can be found, even in sizes over 150 carats. A shimmering variety that exhibits asterism is traded as ‘star lemon quartz’. Like all quartz gemstones, lemon quartz is considered to be very durable and is therefore suitable for all types of jewelry. The clarity of communication is often associated with lemon quartz. The gemstone is supposed to help concentrate thoughts, leading to balance and happiness. Lemon quartz bracelets or necklaces can be worn to improve skills or perform during an interview. Also, physically, Lemon Quartz can ease the cravings for food when on a diet; reduces nicotine cravings; increases metabolism and brain function; encourages a speedy recovery after a prolonged illness or surgery, and helps with diabetes. Lemon quartz is said to bless the wearer with the qualities of optimism, well being and creativity, in addition to all the normal qualities of clear quartz. It is said to support deep meditation and enhance focus on personal goals. It also helps the mind find clarity and a bright outlook. Lemon Quartz encourages control over negative thoughts and aids in freeing the mind from anxieties. It is also thought to bring out all the positive aspects of the wearer.
Chakra: Lemon Quartz can be used with Ajna (Third Eye) and Sahasrara (Crown) Chakras as it increases the connection to universal energy, deepens meditation and aids channeling guidance of spirit.
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