Hardness: 6.5-7 Mohs
Enhancement Code: Heating, Irradiation
Comes in Green, rose quartz, rutilated, tourmalated, lemon, honey and smokey quartz eye clean; good cut; good polish.
Care: Rated “good” for everyday wear. Avoid direct sunlight and exposure to heat which may cause the colour to fade. Avoid contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.
Major Sources: Brazil, Madagascar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uruguay
Sometimes referred to as prasiolite, the colour of green quartz recalls the new leaves of spring. One of the earliest stones to be venerated, the beauty of quartz led people to believe that this versatile stone was ice, transformed into an eternal gem by the gods. Green quartz is a breath of fresh colour, verdantly gorgeous at a reasonable price.
Subtlety is the appeal of lustrous smoky quartz. With its voluptuous autumn colour and understated elegance, this sophisticated gemstone makes a powerful statement. The Victorians, who understood the rich expressiveness of restraint, used smoky quartz in mourning jewellery. Because these stones are readily available in larger sizes, smoky quartz is perfect in designs that call for big, sparkling jewels. The state gemstone of New Hampshire, the delicious colour of smoky quartz makes it a perfect accessory for all seasons.
Rose Quartz is a very light shade of pink— lingering in the pastel pink range. It has recently been vaulted to popularity by fashion colours and trends. Rose Quartz works well whether in earrings, rings, bracelets or as a pendant.
Lemon quartz is the clearest expression of sunshine in the quartz family. This sparkling quartz often displays a subtle green undertone that highlights its sunny nature. An affordable and colourful gemstone, lemon quartz is ideal for bold, modern jewellery designs.