Just need your advice. I want to make a necklace for my girlfriend
for christmas but am unsure what stone to use. I need rectangular
cushion cut lemon color citrine or lemon quartz beads (with the hole
drilled lengthwise). I talked to a vendor at a bead show in
Maryland. He had a really nice looking strand of lemony yellow
citrine and was asking $120. I also found some lemon quartz on ebay
about the same size and that vendor is asking $96.20
I was just wondering which would look nicer in the necklace. Both
beads that I’m looking at seem very clear and seem to be cut well.
The ebay stones look a little paler in color but this could be
because they aren’t strung with colored thread and the photography
may not be the best. Most citrines seem to be a warmer yellow color.
It doesn’t really matter to me whether the color is more “lemony” or
more of a warm golden yellow. I just don’t want a “washed out” grey
or almost colorless stone.
My questions aRe: if size, cut and color intensity are about the
same which stone would look better (sparklier?). Is citrine
generally a more expensive stone than lemon quartz? Do you have any
suggestions as to other suppliers?
If the necklace turns out well I hope to make a few more and try
Any suggestions are welcome!