The word “citrine” comes from an old French word, citrin, meaning lemon or yellow. Citrine is a variety of quartz ranging in colors of pale yellow, yellowbrown,orange, dark orange-brown, reddish-brown, Madeira to deep amber.
Quartz is the most abundant single mineral on earth and makes up about 12% or the earth’s crust because it occurs in a wide variety of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Natural citrine is rare compared to amethyst or smoky quartz, both of which are often heated to turn their natural color into that of citrine. Most citrine comes from Brazil. Natural citrine can also be found in the Ural Mountains of Russia, in Dauphine,France, and in Madagascar. Other important deposits of citrine are found in Bolivia and the United States.
Citrine is a gemstone that generates a feeling of warmth and comfort. Citrine jewelry often creates an attitude of lightheartedness in its wearer. Citrine as a gemstone has been used in Greece since the Hellenistic period (end of the 4th to the end of the 1st century BC). The Greeks and Romans used citrine for intaglios and cabochons during the first and second centuries. The gemstone has a long history of being worn as a protective amulet and used for medicinal purposes; it is believed to aid digestion and cleanse toxins from the body. To some, citrine represents lightheartedness and joy. It is given as a symbol of hope, youth, health and fidelity.
Also known as “The Merchants’ Stone”, Citrine is excellent for ensuring the accumulation of wealth. Citrine is the official birthstone for the month of November as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. It is also the Planetary stone for the Sun Sign of Virgo and the accepted gem for the 13th and 17th wedding anniversary.
Citrine symbolizes light-heartedness, joy and happiness. Citrine is a great protective talisman. Citrine calms and soothes and is the signature of wisdom and peace. It stimulates the mental body and aids the opening of the bridge between higher mental body and intuitional levels. Citrine is said to help one connect with Spirit. It enhances creativity, and motivates writers.
Healers consider Citrine a self-esteem stone with powers to heal the mind’s feelings of inadequacy and deem it essential for handling negative criticism. Citrine is believed to awaken the mind, create clarity and increase knowledge of the self. Secondary healing traits include general relaxation, emotional healing and protection against overwhelming fear, depression, money worries and security. Citrine is essential for maintaining the health of the digestive, circulatory and urinary system. Healers also esteem Citrine for its powers to cleanse the body of toxins and regeneration of body tissues.