By some called Oro Verde Quartz, 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, particularly when light catches the facets and kindles the flame inside the stone.
The amethyst and yellow quartz primarily come from Brazil, both gemstones are mined together to create lemon quartz. Although deposits of heatable amethyst have also been found in Arizona. In some unique cases lemon quartz has been found to display cat’s eye chatoyancy.
Chatoyance / Cat’s eye
Citrine vs Lemon Quartz
The only difference between Citrine and Lemon Quartz is in the saturation and tone of their colour. Many gemstone dealers do not even separate the two and use the name Citrine for all yellow Quartz. The gem looks vibrant when set into yellow gold; however, it really comes to life when set into either silver, white gold or platinum.
For those who love to wear bright clothes the lemon quartz would make a very fine fashion accessory to add to your jewellery collection. One can only imagine how brilliant it would look when worn as a ring or brooch to a cocktail party, where it could complement the color of the champagne or other drinks. It is great for complementing the skin color too, and makes it seem to glow unusually.