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Yellow Quartz and Lemon Quartz: Complete Guide (Updated 2024)

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In this post, we reveal everything you need to know about yellow quartz and lemon quartz, including their properties and meaning. Let's get started!


If you’re a natural born fan of quartz crystal, its lemony variation is going to blow you away. Though uncommon, yellow quartz is an important stone in the world of crystal healing, and there are a few things you should know about it…

In this article we discuss the following:

  • What is Lemon Quartz?
  • Yellow Quartz Meaning
  • Yellow Quartz vs Citrine
  • Yellow Quartz Properties
    • Is Lemon Quartz Natural?
    • Healing Properties Of Yellow Quartz
    • Lemon Quartz Metaphysical Properties
  • Yellow Quartzite
  • Yellow Aura Quartz
  • Where is Yellow Quartz Found?
  • How to Cleanse Lemon Quartz
  • Yellow Quartz Jewelry
    • Lemon Quartz Necklace
    • Yellow Quartz Ring
    • Lemon Quartz Earrings
    • Yellow Quartz Beads
    • Yellow Quartz Cabochon
  • Raw Yellow Quartz vs Tumbled Yellow Quartz
  • Yellow Quartz Countertops

What is Lemon Quartz?

As the title of this article insinuates, yellow quartz and lemon quartz are not actually two different names for one single crystal. 

To put it quite simply, a yellow quartz crystal is a naturally occurring derivative of quartz rock. Quartz occurs in a number of different ray energies, including purple, black and even a milky variation. 

raw unpolished yellow crystal beside woody branch placed on a wooden surface

Lemon quartz, on the other hand, is a type of crystal that is made by heating yellow quartz, amethyst rock and iron minerals together at very high heat. The end result is a lemony yellow quartz stone that holds a myriad of healing properties within its unique crystalline structure. 

The yellow quartz name is for this stone alone; but, once it has been combined with the other elements, then lemon quartz is the correct name for it. Without yellow quartz stone, we have no lemon quartz. The two go hand in hand, and since they also look similar, they are often grouped together in crystal guides such as this one. 

Yellow Quartz Meaning

Quartz happens to be the second most abundant mineral on the Earth, and from it, many of the stones that we know and love are derived. Amethyst is a form of quartz, as are citrine and agate. 

Throughout history, the yellow quartz stone meaning has been totally subjective to the community or civilization interacting with the crystal. There is evidence of quartz being used throughout the eras of the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians, and there are tales of quartz being present during the time of the civilization of Atlantis. 

If you consider lemon quartz' meaning, the message is quite clear. This stone is the physical manifestation of endless energetic possibilities. The fact that two crystals and the iron mineral can be combined to form an entirely new entity is testament to the kind of potential that energy work holds for the human race. 

Yellow Quartz vs Citrine

In certain formations, yellow quartz and citrine may look totally identical. They are not the same stone, and one should avoid confusing them as such. 

A good way to think of it is as follows:  all citrine starts out as yellow quartz, but, due to excessive mineral exposure and pressure under the Earth, it shies away from this identity, and forms into a much darker and richer stone that which we eventually name citrine. 

Citrine can manifest anywhere from a pale orange through to a deep brown; the more saturated the tone of a citrine stone, the more valuable the crystal is deemed to be.

Yellow quartz rock and citrine possess some similarities when it comes to their healing properties, though there are also very distinct differences. Be careful to not mistake a piece of cloudy yellow quartz for citrine; yellow quartz can be clear or cloudy, depending on the conditions during early formation. 

Yellow Quartz Properties

Is Lemon Quartz Natural? 

There is much debate to the question of whether lemon quartz is natural or not, considering it requires human intervention in order to exist. 

We’re on the natural side of the fence, as we believe that if all it takes are three natural elements and some heat, then the crystal is as natural as the components involved in the making of it. 

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There are also many who argue that lemon quartz could very well occur naturally under the Earth, were the necessary minerals just so happen to be within the same deposit as one another, and for the necessary temperature to occur. The result would be raw, Earth-made lemon quartz with the human element removed, but the stone would be as effective as those made above ground. 

The fact that lemon quartz benefits still exist, despite this being a “man-made” crystal, is testament to how naturally these minerals can coexist with one another. 

Healing Properties Of Yellow Quartz

We consider yellow quartz healing properties to be those that positively affect the physical body. 

Quartz has long been known as a powerful physical healer. For yellow quartz healing, or lemon quartz healing, use the stone for any conditions related to digestion or brain function. 

Yellow quartz can increase your metabolism, and help to balance the conditions within your gut. The gut is directly responsible for our moods and sense of well-being, so providing treatment to this area is a massive step in the right direction. 

Yellow quartz can also help with hyperactivity, which means that it can help individuals who suffer from ADD. Brain function and focus can be significantly amplified by simply keeping a piece of this crystal nearby as you go about your day. 

Lemon Quartz Metaphysical Properties 

More importantly, the metaphysical meaning of lemon quartz remains connected with the head and brain area. It is said that this stone will help to focus, structure and enhance all thoughts and information flowing through the mindful channel. 

Yellow ray energy is concerned with clarity and sheer happiness. Having this essence around you at all times makes way for you to begin to embody the same. 

If you battle to make decisions, yellow quartz can help! Similarly, if you struggle from nervousness, fatigue or general lethargy, yellow quartz will work to rebalance these burdens so that they start to feature less and less in your life. 

Some people find that wearing yellow quartz or lemon quartz during the winter season can help to delay or prevent seasonal depression entirely. 

Stones in yellow ray energy work closely with the solar plexus charka, found in the pit of the stomach. This explains why these stones are so effective when it comes to healing indigestion. 

Yellow Quartzite

Yellow quartzite is another way of referring to yellow quartz. This term is often used in describing industrial sized pieces of quartz that can be used as slabs for building purposes. 

Yellow quartzite is usually cut into tiles, blocks or countertops. It is also often found in garden stones, or off-cuts used in mosaics. 

Yellow quartzite bonds easily with cement, and tends to become a permanent fixture in a home, as opposed to a crystal that travels wherever the owner may go. 

Because of the slab-cut nature of yellow quartzite, you’re essentially buying this crystal in bulk, and you’ll get a lot more for your money as a result. The question is, do quartzite slabs still possess the metaphysical properties of yellow quartz? 

The answer is yes. Even yellow quartzite tiles bring the properties of the crystal into your home, which is a great way to purify your surroundings without much effort. 

Yellow Aura Quartz

This form of quartz may also be referred to as sunshine aura quartz, and it has a slightly different period of formation than the yellow quartz we’ve been discussing. Present in the formation process are trace amounts of gold and platinum, the result being an embellished yellow stone that refracts light like a rainbow (or aura). 

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This form of quartz is deeply connected to solar energy. It works to heal us from deep traumas in ways that could only be equated to the sun’s light penetrating the Earth. 

If you possess a large build up of emotional toxins, yellow aura quartz can be significantly more effective than regular yellow quartz. It’s an expansive and accommodating energy, and it sees no mountain of emotional baggage as too high to climb. 

It goes without saying that, should you feel that your aura is in need of healing or balance, then working with any form of aura quartz is preferable. 

Where is Yellow Quartz Found?

The truth is that almost every regular quartz deposit in the world will contain a certain amount of yellow quartz somewhere within its depths. As we know, yellow quartz occurs when regular quartz is slightly exposed to certain minerals and temperatures, and this can occur anywhere on Earth. It is not a destination specific process.

Some of the biggest quartz deposits are found in the Alps, Japan and Madagascar. Brazil also has quite an abundance of these stones, while a handful of states in the USA are also able to supply the worldwide quartz demand. 

Yellow quartz has also been found in significant amounts in Mexico, Namibia, Morocco and France. It’s evident that a shorter list of countries would be those where quartz does not naturally occur. 

How to Cleanse Yellow Quartz

Like regular quartz, yellow quartz is not a self-cleansing stone. In order to do continued work with this crystal, you’ll need to ensure that you keep it in a cleansed and charged state at all times. This way, it can work properly with your energy, without the risk of vibrational contamination. 

All forms of quartz are water-safe, so feel free to use any of the following methods to cleanse your yellow quartz once a month:

  • Leave yellow quartz under the light of the full moon overnight, retrieving it only the following morning.
  • Bury yellow or lemon quartz in the garden, and leave it here for up to 48 hours. 
  • Place your stone on a bed of Himalayan salt, and it will cleanse and charge when not in use. 
  • Burn incense or herbs over your yellow quartz, setting the intention for cleansing with your mind. 
  • Hold yellow quartz under running water for a solid minute, and use a towel to dry it off. 
  • Prepare a saltwater solution (or collect water from the sea) and submerge your crystal in it for up to 24 hours. 
  • Use a self-cleansing stone, such as selenite, to cleanse and charge yellow quartz. 
  • Should you encounter a rainstorm, place your yellow quartz under the showers and retrieve it when it stops raining. 

Yellow Quartz Jewelry

Lemon Quartz Necklace 

If you don’t have time to sit and work with crystals one-on-one daily, you can reap the benefits of these stones simply by wearing them on your body as you go about your day. 

A lemon or yellow quartz necklace hangs almost directly over your heart chakra. This is a beautiful way of healing any emotional baggage that hangs in this region of the body. 

The great thing about crystal pendants is that they can usually double as pendulums. 

Yellow Quartz Ring 

We love wearing yellow stones on the fingers; they’re some of the most gentle entities, and you can trust them to guide your hands as you move through your day. 

The best part about crystal rings is that you are almost guaranteed to catch a glimpse of them at least a handful of times a day. This is one of the first steps in maintaining crystal healing: frequent contact, even if just a glance. 

Catching a glimpse of your crystal ring serves to remind you that work is underway, and that you should hold your intentions close. 

Lemon Quartz Earrings 

As mentioned, lemon quartz is a stone that is deeply connected to the mind and brain. Keeping the crystal in close proximity to this area will allow for subtle shadow work to occur even when you are not focusing on it per say. 

Wearing lemon quartz on either side of your head, dangling from your ears, will have a profound effect on how your brain operates during a regular day, and on your clarity of mind. 

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For some, lemon quartz may start to feel a little too effective when it’s kept so close to the skull, so take a break between wears. Perhaps opt to wear lemon quartz earrings every second day. 

Yellow Quartz Beads 

Some of the most affordable forms of yellow quartz are sold in bead forms. Crystal beads are usually made from the offcuts of raw stones that were likely used to create slabs or ornaments. 

One can purchase a bag of yellow quartz beads for next to nothing; don’t ever pay more than about $10 for them. 

Use these beads to make jewelry of your choosing. If the work you’re seeking from the stone involves your mind, make earrings. If you’re concerned with balancing your solar plexus, make a bracelet and then make the effort to hold your hand to this chakra every few hours, connecting the beads to the energy center. 

Yellow Quartz Cabochon 

Cabochon was the original method of preparing gemstones for sale, prior to the discovery that crystals could be cut and faceted. 

The process involves shaping and polishing the stones into their desired sizes, with a convex front and a perfectly flat back. Imagine them as the kind of crystals you could easily stick to paper if you so desired. 

Raw Yellow Quartz vs Tumbled Yellow Quartz

Crystals are either offered in their raw form or they are put through the tumbling process. 

Tumbling involves placing the yellow quartz raw into a special machine which essentially tumbles the stone around until the rough edges are totally dissolved. The result is a rounded, polished-looking stone that is no longer sharp. 

Compared to yellow quartz in rough form, tumbled stones are easier for use on the physical body, as there are no uncomfortable edges. One can actually roll these stones over the skin without the risk of abrasion. 

Tumbled stones are usually used in the making of crystal jewelry, however there are some designers who opt for the look and feel of raw pieces of crystal to finish off their pieces. Similarly, raw stones can be better for display in the home, as they can stand on their own due to their solid edges. 

Yellow Quartz Countertops

Earlier, we explored yellow quartzite, and how these large forms of quartz are cut into slabs and tiles for building purposes. 

Slabs of yellow quartz are very often used as kitchen countertops, and crystal countertops continue to be an evolving trend in the homeowner market. Usually, green quartz and different types of agate are used for this purpose, however yellow quartz is becoming increasingly more popular. 

Aesthetically, they’re fabulous! Yellow quartz slabs have a strong mustard hue to them, which is a bang on trend for every modern home. 

Do they run cheap? Absolutely not. If this is a design feature you intend to embrace then be prepared to pay the price. One perk is that you get all of the metaphysical properties of the stone in your home if you are willing to invest in these countertops. 


We hope you enjoyed this article! If you are interested in incorporating crystals into your life to help combat anxiety, you should consider a mindful breathing necklace made of a crystal that resonates with you. Mindful breathing jewelry made of crystals not only help provide the benefits of the crystal you choose to wear, but they can also be used to help slow your breath, leading to a greater sense of calm and serenity. Also, if you are interested in reading more about anxiety and crystals, check out our comprehensive blog post on the 13 Best Crystals for Depression!

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