LEMON QUARTZ

This mineral is the most common and abundant of the gemstone minerals and it comes in pretty much any color. This mineral is made of silicon dioxide. There are numerous possibilities for the evolution of its name. But, the ancient German word "quartz," seems a likely place to start. While amethyst and citrine are very popular varieties, lemon, lime and green quartz are gaining popularity. 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. 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, particlarly when light catches the facets and it truly comes to life. Lemon quartz is a hexagonal silicon dioxide crystal. Although the gemstone is abundant throughout the world, they are most commonly mined in the metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks of Brazil. Iron content of the rocks and lab supervised gamma radiation gives the gemstone its unique yellow-orange colorThe brilliant mineral-based stone can be found naturally when walking along river beds or on beaches where volcanic activity deposited molten sediment long ago. The most famous sources include Brazil and Africa. Most of the world supply of lemon quartz comes from Brazil.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).

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