Citrine Quartz derives it's name from 'citron' the French word for lemon, and it is loved for it's bright, cheerful colouring. The history of Citrine Quartz can be traced back to at least 300 BC when the Greeks used the gemstone for decorative purposes and it 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 is a silicon dioxide mineral and a less common member of the quartz family. Most of the Citrine Quartz on the market is bright lemon - orange yellow 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. This heating can occur naturally within the Earth creating Ametrine which is a natural mixture of Amethyst and Natural Citrine.
Natural Citrine Quartz is a fairly rare crystal, natural Citrine Quartz has a distinct pale lemon - smoky lemon colour and is generally a clearer crystal with fewer fractures running through it. The warm colouring of natural citrine quartz is due to its iron content.
System - Hexagonal
Mohs - 7
Spiritual and Meditation
Natural Citrine Quartz - is most useful for those who feel deep down that they are undeserving of material wealth and abundance. Natural Citrine Quartz can help them to be more open to the energies of manifestation and to have the courage to take decisive action towards their desires and stop them from 'shooting themselves in the foot' when opportunities are presented to them.
Common Citrine Quartz - is wonderful for those who have a tendency towards negativity and 'doom and gloom', it's cheering golden colour lifts the spirits and encourages a more optimistic outlook. Common Citrine Quartz is also useful for those who say yes when they really mean no, as a solar plexus stone it helps them to have the willpower to set clear boundaries and stick to them.
Chakra - Solar Plexus
Citrine Quartz warms the spirits and brings brightness to gloom, it is a perfect stone to wear during the dark grey days of winter to brighten your mood. Larger pieces can be placed around the home where ever you want to create a sense of warmth and opulence. You can harness this crystal's metaphysical traits and put it anywhere you want to draw in the energy of abundance and optimism.
Elements - Fire
Planets - Sun
Zodiacs - Leo and Aries
Energy flow - Projective
Use Citrine Quartz in rituals for abundance and prosperity.
The Citrine Quartz found at Crystals and Stones is sourced from Brazil