Citrine is one of the many different varieties of Quartz with several being semi-precious gemstones.
Citrine is a transparent, yellow variety of Quartz, ranging in colour from pale to golden yellow, honey or almost brown, and may contain rainbow or sparkle inclusions.
The name, Citrine, is derived from the Latin word citrina which means “yellow” and subsequently, from the French word citron, meaning ‘lemon’. Amethyst’s, which is another semi-precious gemstone variety of quartz, and Citrine’s can sometimes be found together in the same crystal. When this occurs the stone is then referred to as an Ametrine. It is nearly impossible to differentiate between cut citrine and yellow topaz visually, but they differ in hardness.
Known as The Merchant’s Stone or The Success Stone because of superstition that it would bring prosperity, Citrine, shared with Topaz, is the birthstone for the birth month of November, and the gemstone symbolising the 13th wedding anniversary.
Thought to attract love and happiness, carrying a Citrine is also said to guard the wearer against those who would break your heart. Gifting a Citrine to a newborn is thought to bring intelligence, health, happiness, curiosity, and confidence. Citrine is believed to help with the creative process, aiding the imagination, enhancing mental clarity, and stimulating the flow of ideas and visualisation. It is also a brilliant stone for immediate relationships as it supposedly calms family problems and promotes solutions, positivity, and joy.
The Citrine’s qualities of wealth and prosperity are some of its most well known and when seeking new financial or business ventures, the Citrine is believed to help aid in the process. It is also an effective shield against spite and jealousy, and meditating with the Citrine can bring inspiration and transparency to the mind.