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Citrine Meaning and Healing Powers

Citrine Meaning and Uses
Natural Citrine

Introduction to Citrine

Citrine is a yellow type of quartz. It also goes by the name 'Light Maker', Citrine can be found in yellow, yellowish-brown or smoky grey-brown color. It has been popular for millennia and has been used for its rarity. Ancient Romans used to wear it as part of beautiful jewelry. Later during the Art Deco period between World War I & II, citrine was set in prized pieces of jewelry, which inspired jewelry makers to make similar pieces for Hollywood stars like, Joan Crawford & Greta Garbo. These days, it is not that rare.

Citrine is a French word which means lemon, because of its color. Citrine is found in a number of places such as Brazil, Spain, France, Russia, US, and a few other countries.

Citrine is said to be the vitamin C of the soul because it resonates with joy and positivity. It gives you a feeling of a sunny day making you feel optimistic about life.

Do you know that citrine is also considered as a healing crystal? People have used citrine for its properties such as prosperity and abundance. As mentioned, Citrine gained popularity in the 19th century when Queen Victoria used to wear it as part of her jewelry collection, later it was worn by some Scottish people to decorate the handles of swords and daggers.

Citrine crystal is a translucent quartz which is composed of silicon. Its energy easily resonates with the one who wears it because components of silicon can also be found in the human body. It has a unique trigonal shape; the yellow color is because of the presence of iron.

Before scientists and gemologists could use microscopes to study gemstones in detail, most yellow crystals were called topaz - sometimes golden topaz, Spanish topaz even topaz quartz. This could include real topaz, yellowish peridot or what we now call citrine - the only important factor in those days was the color.

As we got more sophisticated, we could identify different mineral contents and crystal structures of gemstones and by the middle-ages, citrine was unofficially classified as a quartz with distinctive golden yellow coloring.

With its confused heritage it is difficult to locate ancient sources of this gemstone but Scotland, Spain and modern day Kazakhstan are likely. Huge finds in Brazil as well as heating techniques that can turn dull quartz into dazzling citrine has made this gemstone more accessible than ever.

Citrine Virtues

  • Happiness and Joy
  • Prosperity and Abundance
  • Protection and Confidence
  • Stability and Strength
  • Warmth and Generosity

The color of Citrine

Citrine Color Range
Citrine Color Range

Citrine is a yellow quartz but the color ranges from a light lemony yellow to an earthy brown color with some attractive oranges in between. The more saturated the color the better and an even tone across the surface makes for a higher valued gemstone.

Traditionally the color yellow symbolizes happiness, optimism and creativity and is very much associated with sunshine and spring.

The Emotional and Spiritual Benefits of Citrine

Citrine drives out anger and gives sanguinity. It is not called light maker for nothing, as it projects light into our lives, it chases away the negativity from our lives. Not just that but it also rejuvenates the body, soul, and mind, giving glowing love. By chasing the negativity away, it spreads harmony and peace.

Citrine acts as a manifesting stone. You might be wondering how a can stone act as a manifesting object? It means that a person can project his or her intentions into the stone and then the crystal absorbs their desires, dreams, hopes, and transforms them into reality.

Citrine has been called the 'Merchants Stone' and the 'Success Stone' because it has the power to improve business and profits. And not just increasing your wealth but keeping hold of it too.

Citrine has often been referred to as a lucky gemstone for financial success but I feel it is more an encouraging crystal. Luck rarely just happens in business it is more through hard work and diligence and citrine will keep you going through the hard times until you triumph.

Citrine is an excellent gemstone for a happy home. It encourages healthy family relationships, creates an affectionate and loving atmosphere and deflects animosity and envy. It is a gemstone of forgiveness and positivity which can help you recover from the pain of a broken heart or recently finished relationship.

Citrine can also attract love and allow you to be open to a new relationship. It boosts responsibility and commitment which can progress to a long lasting and emotionally beneficial romance.

The Physical Benefits of Citrine

Citrine provides energy to your body and reverses degenerative diseases and promotes the chemical balance in your body.

This in no way means that it treats the disease, so if you are diagnosed with a serious disease then you should consult a doctor first.

Citrine basically improves the chemical & hormonal balance of your body, as chemicals and hormones play an important role in our bodies.

Citrine stimulates digestion and negates kidney & bladder infections. Citrine improves blood circulation, detoxifies your body and improves digestion.

Citrine makes your sluggishness go away and gives you energy which gives you alignment and creativity in life. Furthermore, being proactive will stimulate your gastric motility.

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Citrine and the Chakras

Chakra meditation

Citrine is said to open up chakras, for those of you who do not know what chakras are, they are the concentrated centers of energy. Chakra is a plural Sanskrit word meaning disk. Chakras mean the spinning wheels of light.

These chakras are basically the energy that is initially meant to keep us in good shape, mentally and physically. They block certain feelings and can help us in staying calm and focused.

There are some minor chakras and then there are some major chakras. You can meditate or do yoga to channel your positivity. So, people wear gemstones to enhance or open these chakras.

Please read our Chakra Gemstones article for more details

Can Citrine unblock Chakras?

Yes, citrine can unblock Chakras. As a generally yellow to orange gemstone, Citrine has an influence on two of the Chakras - mostly the Sacral but also the Solar Plexus Chakra.

Citrine cleanses chakras and opens the windows of intuition. Most people have weak intuition. Intuition gives you great alertness and a sense of different things, this happens when you have a spiritual connection with yourself. With your intuition, you are wiser and more observant.

Citrine clears up your chakras and channels wealth, prosperity, and success. Furthermore, Citrine promotes motivation and stimulates your brain which gives strength to the intellect.

See our Chakra Gemstones article here

Is Citrine a Birthstone?

Citrine is a birthstone for people born in November.

It is also the traditional gemstone for the 13th wedding anniversary - lucky for some!

Please read our Birthstone by month article for more details

Citrine and the Zodiac

Citrine suits people born under zodiac signs Aries, Gemini, Leo & Libra.

Please read our Zodiac Gemstone article for more details

12 Signs of the Zodiac

How to recharge and cleanse Citrine

Citrine is a very easy gemstone to maintain for spiritual use.

To cleanse a Citrine gemstone, hold it under running water, a spring or stream is ideal but a tap will do, then dry it in the sun for a half an hour or so, no longer as long exposure can damage Citrine.

Where to place Citrine

Pop a gemstone or crystal in your till or safe to bring in more business. Stock market traders may be interested to note that citrine can help in financial speculation and risky enterprises so one on the desk or by the phone is a great idea.

A large citrine crystal placed in the home will brighten the whole room both physically and spiritually.

A few citrine gemstones on the bedside cabinet can bring joy and optimism to the bedroom - deflecting insomnia causing stress and giving you a good night's sleep.

Citrine is a revitalizing gemstone so perhaps take one with you to the gym or place one near your exercise equipment at home to give you an energy boost to help you through your fitness regime.

Avoid placing citrine in direct sunlight as they have been known to fade over time.

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How to use Citrine

Previously, we talked about how Citrine works; now we will see how to use it. Despite it being a rare gemstone it is still affordable for the majority of people.

Citrine is heat-sensitive, so avoid taking it in direct sunlight or putting it in a place where you know there is going to be some heat. Also try to take care of the gemstone since it takes care of you as well.

For example, you bought a very expensive car and after a couple of months, it needs some tuning or other repair work.

There are two possible outcomes to this situation. Either you have it repaired or you just let it be and hope it just keeps working. Now that is the worst thing to do because if you leave it hanging on its own without looking after it, with the passage of time it is going to stop working. It will be of no use to you.

I hope it makes sense as to why it is important to take care of your gemstone. Although it is just a gemstone with some energy, it gives you prosperity and good health, so the least you can do is take good care of it.

Another thing, citrine is usually quite durable for your daily wear but avoid taking it or keeping it near heat. You can clean the gemstone with lukewarm water and some liquid soap.

As I have mentioned earlier, citrine is a very powerful crystal that attracts money and prosperity, because it activates the solar plexus chakra and improves your ability to manifest things you want like good health, good life or a good house, you name it. Citrine basically holds thoughts or intentions; it depends on the intensity of your desire. The more you want a particular thing in your life, the higher will be the intensity. This intensity of yours makes the crystal work. It becomes a charm that gives you everything. You can keep the gemstone near you or wear it.

When I said citrine works to get that negative energy out of your system, it is very important to understand that when a person is clouded with negative feelings he or she can't think straight. Negative energies really impair your other abilities which affect you in many ways. So, in order to get rid of those negativities from your life, you can take a cleansing bath, you can wear a citrine piece or place it over one of the chakras to cleanse your chakras. But if you find these methods odd, there is another solution. You can meditate while you are in the bath, all you have to do is add some bath salts, some drops of essential oil and a citrine gemstone. Then you need to channel the energy within yourself to open all of your chakras, this will allow your aura to be cleansed.

In order to have positivity in your life, you can place the crystal at the place you work, or in your home. When you go out you can always wear the crystal in the form of a ring or necklace but when you are at home you can always create a serene and peaceful environment for yourself. This is what you are going to do, cleanse your crystals and then place one gemstone at every corner of your room, while keeping them you have to make an intention like, I am opening a door for positivity and clearance in this room and my life.

Do you feel drained or fatigued? Then here is what you need to do, it not a hidden fact that citrine is often used to revitalize. It boosts our metabolism, endocrine system, and other physical systems by giving vibrant and powerful energy. It is a very simple technique, you just have to give 15 minutes of your life. What you must do is, place your crystal over the Solar Plexus chakra for at least 15 minutes and lay down. By doing this exercise you are boosting your physical vitality and strength. After doing this exercise you can wear or keep citrine near you to keep this positivity throughout the day.

Get depression out of your life. You might be suffering from some emotional trauma, do not give in to despair, I know it is easier said than done, which is why you are reading this, you at the present moment are trying to verify whether this whole citrine and healing thing works? It does, you have to have the intention of making things work for you because it won't work if you yourself have no intention of getting better. Again I will make a comment about citrine being the light maker, it's the vitamin C for your soul. In order to drive that negativity away, you will have to keep citrine over your heart chakra; it is situated at the center of your chest. After placing citrine over your chest, make an intention while holding the crystal 'Every negative or gloomy aura inside you is being transformed by citrine' you will have to leave it for 15 minutes. Try to do this in a very quiet place so you can experience the changes taking place within yourself.

Whenever you have a huge opportunity coming up like a meeting, a date or interview. Wear citrine because it is said to drive anxiety out of your life, with anxiety out you will feel the sudden boost of confidence. It is not rocket science that when you have confidence you attract many opportunities. So, always keep citrine close to yourself.

Wearing citrine as an item of jewelry is the easiest way for it to exert daily influence on your life. It is linked to the Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras so wear jewelry around the centre of your body, brooches, necklaces or pendants.

Alternatively just place one in your pocket or purse so it is next to you all day and you can use it as a touchstone for reassurance when needed.

You can place a citrine gemstone on the mat beside you when meditating or practicing yoga.

Remember citrine is the traditional merchant's friend so keep one on your desk or place of work as it is a real boost to any financial enterprise.

See our Gemstones to decorate your home article here

Citrine and wealth

It has been a long held belief that citrine helps to acquire affluence and prosperity hence its nicknames the 'Merchants Stone' and the 'Success Stone'. For 1000s of years, Chinese retailers have kept citrine in the cash box as it was thought to keep the till ticking over nicely.

See our Gemstones for Wealth article here

Can I use Citrine for Meditation and Yoga?

Citrine can be used during meditation and yoga, particularly if you are feeling a little bit down in the dumps or lacking in confidence. Saying that, I feel there are probably better choices for an all-round meditation/yoga gemstone. Please visit our webpage here for more information on gemstones for meditation and yoga.

Please read our Gemstones for Meditation and Yoga article for more details

Can I wear or carry Citrine every day?

Citrine is one of the most powerful spiritual crystals however it is such a optimistic and joyful stone it should be no problem at all to wear one every day. We all react differently to the energy vibrations from gemstones so if you feel at all uncomfortable when first wearing or carrying citrine, give yourself a break for a day or two.

As far as durability goes, citrine is a tough gemstone well able to handle the bumps and knocks of daily wear.

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Citrine Goddesses

Citrine honors the Greek goddess, Demeter, who rules over everything that grows on earth. Just like the sun that is reflected in the color of citrine, her presence makes things flourish. Citrine can also represent Demeter's daughter, Persephone, the goddess of spring and the return of the sun after the harshness of winter.

Can I help my pet with Citrine?

Just as gemstones can be a beneficial influence on our lives, they can help our pets too. Citrine may not be my top pick but any animal which is having digestive issues or seems a bit depressed will gain from the presence of citrine.

Please take a look at our special Gemstones for Pets article here

Citrine Elixir

All the benefits of citrine can be condensed into an elixir and used as a refreshing drink, to make a warming cup of herbal tea or sprayed around the room to allow its influence to infuse your home.

Citrine and Dreams

Citrine has a few links to the world of dreams. Firstly it is often thought of as a manifesting gemstone, meaning it can help make your dreams come true. Secondly, dreaming about a citrine (or any yellow gemstone) can mean opportunity will soon come knocking.

Then we have a dreamless, peaceful night's sleep. Insomnia is often caused by stress, anxiety and depression, citrine will help you overcome these feelings and get a completely restful night.

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Which gemstones go well with Citrine?

Citrine is said to work well with other stones, this means if you possess citrine and pair it with other stone you will have a combination of powerful energy in your life, it will give you a yellow hue, radiance, and light in your life.

Citrine can be combined with Red Jasper or Garnet. The combination of these is going to give you the energy and focus necessary for becoming successful.

Citrine and the workplace

Do you know that in the past citrine was also known as the merchant stone? Even to this day, there are people who keep citrine next to cash registers, to boost their income and prosperity. In the past, merchants used to wear citrine in the form of rings to prosper.

For professionals, citrine can be quite a boon. It will aid in improving communication with clients for those who work in sales, banking, the entertainment and amusement industries and medical professions.

Citrine Pendulums

Spiritual pendulums work by revealing hidden truths through a series of simple yes/no questions as a gemstone is suspended from a string or chain.

The pendulum is usually a large, weighty gemstone for easily detected movement but sometime a smaller gemstone can be attached to a block of wood or piece of metal and work in the same way.

Alternatively, any pendulum can be swung over a gemstone laying on the table or floor where it can influence events from there.

As a positive and optimistic gemstone, citrine can work very well as a pendulum, especially in lighter and more frivolous circumstances.

For other options and information about gemstone pendulums please visit our page here.

Citrine and EMF

Electromagnetic radiation from electric and magnetic fields fill our world. At home TVs, computers, microwave ovens, smart phones create pollution or smog that we are constantly exposed to.

The workplace can be even worse with other worker's electronic equipment to contend as well as your own workstation. Then there is the visit to the hospital, dentist, supermarket, there is no end - even a long walk in the countryside can be blighted by a telephone signal tower!

Citrine is an excellent crystal that can help deal with issues of the body's core which are often the first to feel the effects of EMF - the digestive, circulatory and nervous systems but Black Tourmaline, Hematite, Obsidian and Malachite are my favorite gemstones to PREVENT this modern calamity.

See our article on EMF Protection Gemstones here

Final thoughts on Citrine

In the past, people used to wear these gemstones because they believed that these stones held certain benefits for health, wealth and mental well-being.

With the passage of time, people started wearing these gemstones as ornaments. In the modern age, there are many people who still believe that these crystals have some significance; while some just wear gemstones as a piece of jewelry.

Please read our Citrine information article for more details

Handy Guide to Citrine

Category Details

The Success Stone/The Merchant's Stone


Light Yellow to Orange


Sacral/Solar Plexus




Aries, Gemini, Leo & Libra

Main Virtue

Abundance and Prosperity


Fights Depression

Gem Partner

Red Jasper/Garnet






Disclaimer GemSelect has been buying and selling gemstones for many years now and in that time we have built up quite a relationship with our customers and suppliers. We are not experts in the meanings and health benefits of gemstones but we have been able to speak with and take advice from people who are.

We are based in Thailand where the belief in spiritual and physical benefits of gemstones, herbs, prayers, pilgrimages, amulets, colors and the stars is common and part of nearly everyone’s daily life.

All of our employees have some experience with using gemstones or amulets in order to improve or maintain their physical or emotional health.

The powers of gemstones have been chronicled for 1000s of years and proven time and time again to be effective in improving people lives in many, many ways but we must stress that they are not a replacement for medical treatment.

If you feel unwell or are concerned about your mental health please contact qualified medical help as soon as you can.

In addition we try to research and verify information about the history and efficacy of each gemstone using the internet and various reputable books published by a number of sources.

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