Citrine is a pale or golden yellow to honey or brown colored variety of quartz that may contain sparkle or rainbow inclusions. Its name derives from the Latin word “citrina,” meaning “yellow.” It is rare in nature and the second most desirable quartz gemstone after amethyst. Most of the citrine that you see on the market today is actually heat-treated smoky quartz or amethyst and comes in orange or reddish brown hues, as opposed to the more naturally occurring yellow to orange-yellow coloration. Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, is the number one producer of citrine. In Greece, it was used as a gem since 300 B.C. Citrine’s composition is silicon dioxide, and it exhibits a hexagonal crystal system, a Moh’s scale hardness of 7, a specific gravity of 2.6-2.7, a vitreous luster, and is transparent to translucent. It occurs in a variety of environments, but particularly igneous environments.
Citirine is famous for its alleged ability to help people acquire and maintain wealth. It represents manifestation and abundance, seeming to attract success, prosperity, wealth, love and other good things in life. This includes overall happiness. It has been used as a support stone for merchant bankers, salespeople, casino workers, the media, sports and fitness instructors, healers and medical personnel, government workers, artists, and more. It is said to increase productivity and spark imagination and creativity within the workplace. Within relationships and in the home, it may promote cohesiveness and facilitate problem solving and understanding. In addition, keeping citrine around may dispel poltergeists and shield us against spite, jealousy and those who might break our hearts. Sometimes it is gifted to newborns in the shape of a sphere or an angel to bring happiness, health, intelligence, confidence, curiosity and wisdom.
On a physical healing level, citrine serves many purposes. It has been used by crystal healers to aid those who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome and/or poor metabolism. It is said to increase natural energy and stamina levels within the body. It may also bring balance to the thyroid and break up growths. It is believed to support the endocrine system, digestive system, spleen and pancreas. There have been claims that it maintains good health of the hair, skin and nails and that it eases allergies and skin irritation—particularly when said irritation is a result of chemical or food intolerances. If someone you know (or you, yourself) is struggling with menstrual or menopause related symptoms, you might consider gifting her a citrine crystal and ask her to wear it or keep it with her as much as possible. She might notice a decrease in intensity and/or frequency of fatigue, hot flashes and hormone imbalance. Citrine may also ease morning sickness in pregnant women, lessen the occurrence of bed wetting in young adults, combat short term memory loss and stimulate nerve impulses in the brain. This should, in turn, increase concentration, wisdom and overall intelligence in a person.