|Name Origin:||From the French word for lemon, "citron”|
|Colour:||Translucent yellow to golden brown|
|Family:||Quartz (along with amethyst)|
|Hardness:||7 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale|
|Found in:||Brazil, Bolivia and Madagascar|
|Birth stone:||Alternative for November|
Citrine resides in the yellow end of the quartz spectrum, and is one of the world’s most popular and affordable gemstones. The link from name to yellow colour seems logical, although most citrines tend to be less ‘citrus’ in colour and more of a golden nature – making them ideal for modern jewellery.
Citrine has strong links to the mind – with ancient cultures believing this predominantly yellow gem harnessed psychic powers. It has also been used by healers to improve self esteem, protect against negativity and relieve digestive problems. Known as ‘the merchants’ stone’, it is to give good luck to salespeople – place citrine in your cash drawer and see what happens!
The sunny, calming influence of a citrine’s hues is a major draw card. The deep golden form found in Madeira, Spain actually strongly resembles the far costlier imperial topaz – no harm in this!
Interestingly, much citrine has been formed through heat-treating its quartz sibling, amethyst. (Heat-treated stones usually display a reddish tinge.)
The citrine is associated with success and prosperity, and with the right care, your gem will prosper also. Regular cleaning by gently rubbing with a soft cloth and warm soapy water will keep your stone looking good. Avoid wearing it when undertaking any activity that may harm the stone.