Citrine Quick Notes
In the past, citrine was commonly referred to as yellow quartz; however, that has since changed and is almost always referred to as “citrine.” The name comes from the French word, “citron,” which simply means lemon. Citrine comes in a variety of yellow colors, from a very light to a very deep, almost burnt orange look. If you look at the “A” grades, the higher the grade, the deeper the color will be. Generally, most buyers prefer the deeper colors, mostly because of the beauty it brings to a room. As one of the most popular yellow crystals in the world, it’s abundant and usually very easy to find since it’s a type of quartz, which is one of the most common minerals on the planet.
Citrine is mainly mined in Brazil, Madagascar, Uraguay and the United States; however, it can be found almost everywhere around the world. Keep in mind that, sometimes, citrine is actually a heat treated amethyst or smoky quartz. Humans have been treating these stones for more than a century creating an illusion of that of a natural citrine. In some cases, it can be hard to tell the difference between a natural and heat-treated quartz, but, usually, untreated tends to be more a pale yellow, whereas treated citrine will be a brighter orange with red hues.
Metaphysically, citrine is known to bring luck and an uplifting feeling to your life. It can help radiate positive energy and even bring success to your life. It’s also known as the official birthstone for November as well as anyone celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary.
Citrine comes in all sizes at a wide range of prices, making it affordable for almost anyone.