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Quartz: The Versatile And Trendy Gemstone by Andrew Stratton





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Quartz is a mineral is made up of silicon dioxide and trace elements determine the color of the stone. Heat and radiation from the earth also affects the color. As an example, an amethyst may start out purple but with added heat from the earth, it becomes green quartz. Of course, this can be done in a lab as well.

Where is it found? This stone is mined in many locations and pretty much every continent. Brazil, which is home to many significant gem mines, boasts large deposits in a variety of colors. In particular, the stone in a green or lemon quartz necklace likely came from Brazil.

Zimbabwe is another location for plentiful deposits of green, lemon or lime. In North America, there are mines in Canada, Arizona and the border of California and Nevada. There are several locations in Europe as well. The location determines the colors of the stones.

Are they birthstones? The two most popular colors are birthstones. Amethyst is February's and citrine is November's. The lemon, lime and green are not official birthstones. However, it could be argued that the green variety could be used as an alternative to the purple amethyst since it started out as an amethyst. Of course, this is only true of the stone is a naturally made one and not irradiated in the lab. Those green stones start out as colorless.

Other uses This colorful mineral makes more than just a beautiful gemstone. Quartz is a common component in parts for electronics. The stone has piezoelectric properties which means it becomes like a magnet when heated or when friction is applied. While there are plenty of natural crystals available, most of these are grown in a lab from a starter piece. This way the product is a pure as possible which is best for industrial use.

A bit of trivia Like other minerals and crystals, quartz has mystical properties attached to it. The stone itself is used to look into the future when it is fashioned into a crystal ball or scrying stones. Wearing a green quartz necklace may also open up sight into the spiritual world.

The lemon hued stone is said to squash evil thoughts-towards the wearer and towards others. This means that it helps eliminate self-doubt and self-criticism which ultimately have a negative effect on the wearer.

Cleaning the jewelry Dirt, soap and body oils that collect on the surface and underneath a gemstone dull its appearance. To clean the vibrant colors of a lime, green or lemon quartz necklace or other piece, simply soak it in warm soapy water and rinse. If stubborn grime is stuck in the setting, a soft brush can be used to scrub it away.

This gemstone is durable and ranks a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This means that a quartz bracelet can withstand everyday wear. What better way to accent a bright spring or summer wardrobe and show off a great tan than with lemon, lime or green quartz accessories?

A beautiful piece of quartz jewelry, like citrine earrings, can accent your wardrobe and give it a trendy look and feel. Browse a collection of unique and fashionable gemstone jewelry at www.gemaffair.com.

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