CITRINE QUARTZ INFORMATION
What is Citrine Quartz?
- Natural Citrine Quartz is a silicon dioxide mineral and a less common member of the quartz family as it's occurrence is rare It's colour can range from pale lemon to a more smoky golden colour.
- The vast majority of the Citrine Quartz on the market is bright lemon to dark orange in colour, this Citrine Quartz is known as 'common' or 'heat-treated' Citrine. These common Citrine Quartz crystals are in fact Amethyst crystals that have turned yellow through being exposed to high temperatures.
- Natural Citrine Quartz has much more clarity and fewer fractures running through it than heat treated Citrine Quartz
How is Citrine Quartz formed?
- Both forms of Citrine have a trigonal crystal system and a hexagonal structure. Citrine Quartz has a hardness of Mohs 7.
- Natural Citrine Quartz forms in the same way as Amethyst and it's colour is due to it's iron content.
- When Amethyst and Natural Citrine Quartz from together it creates a stone known as Ametrine.
Where is Citrine Quartz found around the planet?
- Small deposits of naturally occurring Citrine Quartz have been found in Brazil, Madagascar, Colorado USA and France.
What is the history and folklore of Citrine Quartz?
- Citrine Quartz derives it's name from 'citron' the French word for lemon.
- The history of Citrine Quartz can be traced back to at least 300 BC when the Greeks used the gemstone for decorative purposes.
- Citrine Quartz was very popular amongst the Celts who used the stone to adorn daggers and swords.
- In folklore it was thought to provide protection from snake venom and evil thoughts and Citrine's warm golden colour has given it a reputation as a stone of abundance.
- Citrine Quartz is the birthstone of November.
How do I care for Citrine Quartz?
- Citrine Quartz is a hard stone and can be wiped over with a soft damp cloth.
- Citrine Quartz druzy can be gently cleaned in the crevices with a very soft toothbrush.