Citrine



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Contents
About Citrine– History and Introduction
Identifying Citrine
Citrine Origin
Buying Citrine
-Treatments
Citrine Gemological Properties
Citrine – Similar Materials
Citrine – Metaphysical Powers
Citrine Jewelry Ideas
Citrine Care


Citrine is the yellow to orange variety of Quartz. Natural Citrine is not common; most Citrine on the gem market is produced by heat treating Amethyst and Smoky Quartz. It takes a relatively low temperature to change the color light to golden yellow, and heating to higher temperatures will give the stone a darker yellow to brownish-red color. The name Citrine is derived from the citron fruit, a yellow fruit similar to the lemon. (In fact, citron means “lemon” in several languages.)

About Citrine – History and Introduction
Most heat treated Citrine takes on a deep orange or slightly reddish tint. In general, the deeper colored stones are the most valuable, including those with reddish tints. Lightly colored yellow Citrine can occur naturally but is rare; the intense yellow form is usually irradiated and given the trade name of “Lemon Quartz”.

Citrine is a very affordable gemstone, and all its color ranges are not expensive. It is most often confused with orange-yellow Topaz, which is very similar in color and body. Topaz is the more valuable gemstone, and dealers often sell Citrine labeled as Topaz. Several false trade names for Citrine are “Madeira Topaz”, “Gold Topaz”, and “Bahia Topaz”. However, some fine and rare Citrine gemstones have a pure yellow color that is rarely duplicated by golden Topaz.

Citrine can be found in large crystals, and flawless gems of all sizes have been cut. A natural mixture of purple Amethyst and golden Citrine has been coined with name “Ametrine”. (See the Ametrine gemstone page for more details.)

Identifying Citrine
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Citrine Origin
Brazil is the largest producer of Citrine. Other sources are Argentina, Madagascar, Zaire, Namibia, Spain, and Russia.

Buying Citrine
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-Treatments
Virtually all gem Citrine is not naturally colored, but rather colored from heat treatment of Amethyst. Heating Amethyst at about 750 degrees Fahrenheit will produce a mild yellow color, and heating to about 1700 degrees products deep orange to reddish colors. Most heat treated Citrine has a reddish tint. The intense yellow shades often known as Lemon Quartz are usually formed by irradiation of Quartz. Synthetic Citrine gems are also produced using the hydrothermal method, and these are usually in intensely vivid colors.

Citrine Gemological Properties
Chemical Formula: SiO2
Color: Yellow, Orange, Brown
Hardness: 7
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Refractive Index: 1.54 – 1.55
SG: 2.63 – 2.65
Transparency: Transparent
Double Refraction: .009
Luster: Vitreous
Cleavage: Indiscernible
Mineral Class: Quartz

Citrine – Similar Materials
Citrine can be difficult to distinguish from yellow and orange Topaz. Citrine may also be confused with yellow Sapphire, which is usually a purer yellow and much harder, and can also be confused with Golden Beryl known as Heliodor. Some Grossular Garnets may also have a similar color to orange-red Citrine.

Varieties
Golden Citrine – Citrine with a golden yellow color.
Lemon Quartz – Lemon Quartz is a light to dark yellow Citrine, distinguished from most Citrine by lacking orange, brown, or reddish tints. More often though it is clear Quartz that is irradiated to produce an intensely colored yellow gemstone. Lemon Quartz has recently experienced a popularity increase in the gemstone market.
Madeira Citrine – Brownish-red to orange-red Citrine.
Palmeria Citrine – Citrine with a bright orange color.
Yellow Citrine – Citrine with a lemon yellow color. May also be called “Lemon Citrine” or “Lemon Quartz”.

Citrine – Metaphysical Powers
Keywords: Success, Abundance, Personal Power

Citrine is a joyful stone with bright energy which lights up many aspects of lives of those who work with it. It has energies of good fortune and good luck, though these may appear in unexpected ways.

Citrine is well known in crystal work as a success and prosperity stone to the point that it is called the “Success Stone.” It is said to promote and manifest success and abundance in all areas, and in many ways. It is particularly used to promote success in business if used in the cash box of a shop, carried or worn, earning it another nickname, “Merchant’s Stone.” In addition to manifesting abundance, citrine also brings energies of generosity so that the prosperity and success is shared.

It is a solar plexus chakra stone used metaphysically to increase, magnify and clarify personal power and energy. This increased personal power can be used for the focused intent of the individual, as it brings will power as well.

It is a fabulous stone to use to combat negative energy of any kind by breaking them up and dissipating them. It is helpful to clear unwanted energies from the environment, whether it be home, office, car, or other space indoors or out. Family issues caused by negative energies can also be cleared for resolution with citrine. Citrine is also a stone that brings hope. Since citrine eliminates negative energies, it is good for protection in general and helps bring stability energetically.

This Gem also does not absorb any negative energies from its surroundings, and thus never needs energetic clearing.

Because citrine can clear negative energy and influences from the aura, it is useful for meditation, psychic awareness, and spiritual development. By removing unwanted energies it paves the way for this spiritual and psychic growth. It is also excellent for dream recall and dream work.

In the mental arena, it enhances mental clarity, confidence, and will power. The mental clarity and confidence support bringing increased creativity and honesty.

Since it brings self-confidence as well as positive energy, it can also help eliminate fears of being judged or of others’ ideas. It is also used to dissipate fear of being alone or unworthy of love.

Citrine is a happy stone. It can bring happiness to the person who carries or wears it. Because of its removal of negative energy and its own bring positivity, it can relieve depression, self-doubt, anger, and irrational mood swings.

Citrine is used to reduce self-destructive tendencies. Citrine can help overcome emotional traumas and grief that may lead to these emotionally self-destructive issues.

In crystal healing and healing folklore, citrine is said to be beneficial for the digestion, stomach, nightmares, other sleep disturbances, thyroid, general health, heart, kidney, liver, muscles, strength, endocrine system, circulatory system, tissue regeneration, urinary system, immune system, diabetes, fibromyalgia. Citrine is also reputed to be good for removing toxins, and overcoming addictions. Sensuality and sexuality can also be heightened by citrine making it a stone of positive choice for sexual issues.

Note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information.

Citrine Jewelry Ideas
Citrine is cut into all different types of gems, especially oval and rectangular cuts. It is a very popular pendant stone as flawless stones of many carats are not uncommon. It is used as a centerpiece for rings, and also for earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Lesser quality Citrine combined with white Quartz is also tumbled and used as beads for necklaces and bracelets.

Citrine Care
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