Citrine is yellow, golden or orange colored quartz. Its name comes from the French for lemon, citron, though citrine tends to be more golden than lemon yellow. Since quartz is an abundant mineral, the gem-quality specimens typically have a very attractive luster and excellent clarity.
Citrine draws its distinctive color from traces of iron. Many commercial-grade citrine gemstones on the market have been produced by heat-treating amethyst, which will turn yellow at relatively low temperatures (around 470 degrees centigrade) and dark-yellow to red-brown at higher temperatures (around 1000 degrees centigrade). Virtually all heat-treated citrine has a reddish tint. Deposits of naturally colored citrine are found principally in Brazil and Madagascar, as well as in Burma, the USA and Namibia.
Citrine's sunny color has led to the belief that it radiates positive energy. Citrine is known as the "success stone" because it is thought to promote success, prosperity and abundance, especially in business. The practice of placing citrine in the cash register of shops earned it the nickname "the merchant's stone".
According to gemstone lore, citrine not only radiates positive energy, but it also dissipates negative energy of all kinds. Furthermore, it does not absorb any negative energy from its surroundings and thus never needs to be "cleared" or "recharged". In fact, citrine can be used to clear unwanted energy from the environment. Family issues caused by negative energy can also be resolved and cleared with citrine. Since citrine eliminates negative energy, it helps to generate stability in all areas and is good for general protection.
Emotionally, citrine is presumed to relieve depression, self-doubt, anger and irrational mood swings. Citrine is a stone that brings happiness and cheer to one who carries or wears it. Citrine also reduces self-destructive tendencies. Citrine can help to eliminate fears and to overcome emotional trauma and grief. Sensuality and sexuality can also be heightened by citrine.
Physically, citrine is said to be beneficial for nightmares and other sleep disturbances. Moreover, it is thought to be helpful to the digestive system, stomach, thyroid, heart, kidneys, liver, muscles, endocrine system, circulatory system, urinary system and immune system. Citrine is also good for removing toxins and overcoming addiction.
Citrine is also believed to be of value in healing the spiritual self, since it is a powerful cleanser and regenerator. It carries the virtues of self-healing, inspiration and self-improvement. Carrying the power of the sun, it is excellent for overcoming depression, fears and phobias. It aids those with a low self-esteem. One's sense of self becomes more radiant with the use of citrine, which helps its wearer to look forward to the future optimistically, and to go with the flow instead of hanging onto the past.
- First Published: January-06-2009
- Last Updated: July-07-2014
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