Citrine – a mineral, semi-precious stone, is a kind of transparent quartz. Exactly the similarity with citrus stone contributed to its present name, from the Latin. “citrus” – lemon-yellow. Until the 18th century, citrine crystal was called “Spanish topaz” due to the similarity with this gemstone. Real citrine is quite rare. That’s why many jewelers are used to processing quartz and amethyst to get gemstones of the similar color, strength and density.
The major deposits of the gemstone are situated in South America (Brazil). It’s also mined in the Madagascar, USA, Spain, France, Scotland, in the Urals and Kazakhstan. Citrine is often found in sedimentary and hydrothermal rocks.
What is citrine?
Citrine’s major component is oxide citrine, while iron and aluminum impurities give it a warm gloss. Jewelers refer the citrine stone to the jewels of the 4th class. Despite its hardness, citrine can be perfectly cut.
What does citrine look like?
Natural citrine color tone changes depending on the angle of view – it is a visual hallmark. Turning stone from side to side, you have to watch the changes in the color of the stone. The gemstone’s color is the key point of its classification:
Pale yellow: That’s the color of natural citrine samples.
Bright yellow: This is the result of heat treatment of smoky quartz.
Orange-yellow: That’s simply processed amethyst.
Orange: The given gemstone is called “Madeira”.
Lemon-yellow: Burnt topaz samples from Madagascar boast this color.
Wine-yellow: That’s a typical color for processed amethyst from Brazil. Its alternative names are Sierra topaz, Palmyra topaz and Bahia topaz.
High quality citrine samples without haze and chipping are used as inserts in brooches, earrings, pendants and rings. This sunny gemstone looks stylish when inserted into the white or red gold frame. Citrine samples with color or cut flaws are used to manufacture beads, bracelets and necklaces. Due to their transparency citrine samples achieve their best look after the brilliant cut. Turbid samples are turned into flat plates. The best and largest samples acquire the cabochon form. Smooth spherical citrine samples are inserted into earrings and pendants.
When it comes to purchasing citrine products, don’t stick to samples with a rare color. It’s because they often lose their rare color and get turbid just after a few years of wear. Prices on this stuff mainly depend on the metal of their frames. Natural citrine greatly lost its value once people started industrial production of synthetic citrine.
The darker gemstone, the more likely it’s not natural citrine. In this case you’re most likely dealing with burnt amethyst or morion. A typical jewelry purchasing mistake is to buy citrine instead of more expensive topaz.
Citrine magic and healing properties
Yellow citrine samples with crystalline form and lots of shimmering facets are similar to the warm afternoon sun. Therefor Lithotherapists consider citrine to be a strong source of energy. Citrine is capable of energizing human forces during depression and apathy.
“Citrus” mineral gives confidence, self-esteem raises, stimulates the expression of creativity.
Just one citrine crystal placed in your wallet will bring you financial success and good fortune in trade. The more intense and saturated color it has the more prosperity it will attract. Citrine has long been being utilized by businessmen to succeed in their undertakings. Furthermore, jewelry with the “stone sun” will improves family relations.
The gem’s radiant energy forms its magical properties. Wear this stuff if you want to be lucky in your adventures and risky business. Citrine never accumulates negative energy, so cleaning power isn’t required. The gemstone is good at cleaning chakras, while meditation with this stone gives the wearer the sun energy. Citrine levels of Yin and Yang energy soften problem characters. You’ll easily overcome your sleep problems if you put on a ring or pendant with citrine.
Speakers of the past always put on jewelry with citrine before their performances. The gemstone positively affects the speech center and diction. Besides this, it improves the work of the gastrointestinal tract, liver and endocrine system. It forms a protective aura around the wearer, thus stabilizing his or her psychological condition and relieving fatigue.
Citrine will help students to focus on what they’re studying. It regulates the physical and mental state of the wearer. It will be of good service to those who’re used to working with their hands (seamstresses, jewelers, watchmakers). In some countries citrine was considered to be the mascot of cheaters, frauds and swindlers. Nowadays that’s a strong talisman for those people who can’t imagine their life without risk and excitement.
People often present jewelry with citrine for the lace and tin wedding. Are you depressed or out of money? Take advantage of citrine. The gemstone brings joy and vitality. It efficiently pacifies anger and bitterness, fills the soul with bright sunny feelings.
Citrine meaning in astrology
For astrologers citrine is a universal gemstone. It’s neutral for the aura of any sign of the Zodiac with the only exception – Scorpio. Leo and Aries definitely need this stuff – it will bring them good luck and happiness. Other signs of the Zodiac can wear jewelry with citrine, but they’ll get almost nothing.
Citrine is a stone of Mercury. It patronizes travelers, traders and journalists. Citrine is very much appreciated in the practice of feng shui. Located in the area of money it will bring the wealth and prosperity into the house.