Citrine is another beautiful member of the quartz group. It is yellow to orange coloured and its name comes from the French “citron” meaning lemon. Natural Citrine is not common and good quality Citrine commands a high price.
Citrine can be found in parts of Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, China, India, Madagascar, Spain, Scotland, Russia, Uruguay and USA.
Care: Citrine is easily scratched and can permanently change colour if left in the sunlight for several hours, so it should be kept away from prolonged exposure to strong light or heat.
Traditional legends, gemstone folklore and healing properties of Citrine
In ancient times Citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. It started to be used predominantly as a gemstone in jewellery in the 1830s. Citrine is said to be the gemstone of wisdom, prosperity, generosity, confidence, joy, happiness, and success. It is also believed to aid creativity and attract abundance. It is also known as the “merchant’s stone”.
For healing, Citrine is thought to treat depression and is said to eliminate self-destructive tendencies. It also said to stimulate memory, remove toxins, aid digestion, be good for the heart, kidneys and liver, and believed to help fight diabetes.
Citrine is the birthstone for November (as well as Topaz) and is the 13th wedding anniversary stone.