Is your Citrine Quartz natural or heat-treated? How can you tell the difference?
Most of the Citrine Quartz on the market is bright yellow to orange in colour, this Citrine Quartz is also known as 'heat-treated' or 'common' Citrine Quartz. These common Citrine Quartz crystals are in fact Amethyst that have turned yellow through being exposed to high temperatures, this can occur naturally within the Earth before mining but it is often done artificially in an oven, the higher the temperature the deeper yellow the colour.
Natural Citrine Quartz
Natural Citrine Quartz is a much rarer crystal than the heat treated Citrine Quartz and hence more expensive. It is easy though to see the difference between common and natural Citrine Quartz, as the next image shows. Natural Citrine has a distinct smokey golden colour and is generally a clearer crystal with fewer fractures running through it. The natural Citrine is the crystal on the right.
When this occurs naturally within the Earth's mantle it forms Ametrine.
Heat Treated and Natural Citrine Quartz tumbled crystals available here
So what about the healing energies of the crystals? Will heat treated Citrine Quartz have the same healing properties as Amethyst?
Well no, it won't.
As Amethyst, the Quartz resonates at a higher frequency on the spectrum, and metaphysically it is associated with the violet colour ray and the crown chakra. When heated, naturally or artificially, the Quartz becomes yellow/orange, so although the molecular structure of the Quartz is the same, the colour vibration has changed and is now vibrating at the lower frequency of yellow on the spectrum, which is associated with the solar plexus.
The healing energies of both types of Citrine Quartz resonate with the solar plexus chakra, but they function in slightly different ways.
Natural Citrine with it's smoky yellow colour reaches down into the lower chakras to draw up the more earthy attributes of strength and determination.
Common Citrine has a lighter energy, and is more uplifting and energising, encouraging confidence and positivity, lifting your mental attitude in a whisper to the crown chakra which it originally resonated with.
How do you feel about heat treated crystals?
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Jan - Crystals and Stones
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