Yellow Quartz, Saxon Topaz, Spanish Topaz, Quartz Topaz, Madeira Topaz
SiO2 with Iron Impurities (Fe3+)
Citrine is a variety of transparent quartz with colors ranging from the palest yellow to deep amber. It is sometimes confused with topaz, as one can tell from some of the folk names given to the stone.
Citrine gets its color from traces of iron present when the quartz crystal was formed. The difference between Citrine and Amethyst is only th eoxidation state of the iron impurities present in the quartz. When amethyst is heated it becomes citrine, because the iron present will oxidize further because of the heat and cause the purple color to fade and become yellow to reddish orange (citrine), green, or colorless depending on the site and the original oxidation of the iron present and depending on the amound and duration of the heat applied (information from mineralminers.com). Keep your citrine in a safe, dark location when not wearing as it can permanently change color if left in the sunlight or near heat sources. It also scratches easy so take care when wearing not to bump it against anything hard.
Lore & History:
Citrine gets its name from the French word for lemon or yellow "citrin. Citrine is any quartz crystal or cluster that is yellow or orange in color. Although often cut as a gemstone it is actually somewhat rare in nature. Most citrine on the market is actually treated lower grade amethyst or smoky quartz. The citrines found in nature generally have a paler yellow color than those that are actually treated amethyst which have more of an orange or reddish color. One popular stone on the market is ametrine which is a mixture of half amethyst and half citrine.
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 talisman and used for medical 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.
Citrine aids the digestive system, helps eleminate toxins, encourages tremendous healing in emotional and mental imbalances. It can help treat diabetes and relieve depression and it reduces the harmful effects of electrical products and environmental toxins.
Citrine helps build a bridge between higher and lower consciousnesses. It transmutes fear, stimulates openess, and accelerates the opening of the mind. Used in meditation is helps unblock subconscious fears and serves as a natural relaxant. Use when meditating to find a new purpose or sense of direction and to rebuild the structure of your earthly life. It is aligned with the solar plexus and should be placed at that chakra point for the most beneficial results. Used properly it balances the yin/yang, attracts self-worth, dissolves emotional blocks and induces dreams.
Said to bring wealth when placed in a cash box, wallet, or purse. It attracts sales and helps bring succes to businesses when placed near the door and in the register.
Gemini, Aries, Libra and Leo
Birthstone for the month of November