Citrine is a pale yellow to brown variety of Quartz which contains traces of iron. Natural Citrine is relatively rare, with most commercial Citrine being heat-treated Amethyst. Its name is derived from the Latin citrina which means "yellow" and some say from the French name for lemon, "citron". Citrine has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale and a trigonal crystal structure. It should be kept away from prolonged exposure to strong light or heat to prevent fading.
According to legend and myth, Citrine is referred to as the "Stone of Success" because it increases intellect and broadens the mind by dispelling misconceptions. Because this is such a powerful stone, according to these legends it should only be given to generous people. In today's modern era, Citrine is still very popular, especially among scholars, teachers and students, helping them to teach study and prepare for tests. Citrine is referred to as a "stone of the mind".
Some ancient cultures believed that placing a Citrine on the forehead of an elder would increase his psychic power. In earlier times, Citrine was carried as a talisman, protecting against snake venom and evil thoughts.
Sometimes Citrine is referred to as Topaz Quartz, which is incorrect. This name was used in the past in reference to the colour, which is sometimes similar to the colour of Topaz. But Topaz is a separate gemstone, so this name is confusing and should not be used. However, Citrine is considered an alternative to Topaz as the birthstone for November. Generally the darker orange colours of Citrine, sometimes called Madeira Citrine after the colour of the wine, have been the most valued.
Citrine is recognized as the "success stone" because it promotes success, prosperity, and abundance. It attracts abundance and is also known as "the merchant's stone", as it is said to bring business when placed in a cash register or cash box or kept where you conduct business, or carried in your wallet or purse.
Citrine is a stone of good fortune, that not only helps you acquire positive wealth, but to maintain it as well. It is a stone of manifestation, helping manifest abundance in many ways. Along with this prosperity and good fortune Citrine teaches you to share your wealth charitably. It is said to increase and magnify personal energy and power, making it far more likely you'll be successful.
One of the most important properties of Citrine is its ability to dispel negative energy. It also does not absorb any negative energy from its surroundings, so it never requires cleansing or clearing and can be used to clear unwanted energies from the environment. Family issues caused by negative energies can also be resolved and cleared with Citrine. Since Citrine eliminates negative energies, it helps generate stability in all areas, and is good for general protection. This stone should be used to align with the higher self and to protect your aura.
Citrine emits a warm energy that promotes optimism. It boosts self-esteem, confidence and has a positive influence on the ego and helps eliminate self-destructive behaviours or tendencies. It is often used to overcome depression and to bring some joy into your life and lift your mood. Citrine enhances mental clarity, confidence, and will power. It also increases creativity and promotes honesty.
Citrine enhances psychic awareness and spiritual development. This stone should be used to align with your higher self and to protect your aura, as it clears the aura of negative energies and influences. It is also very beneficial for meditation. It is also excellent for dream recall and dream work.
Sensuality and sexuality can also be heightened by Citrine.
Citrine brings joy and laughter by dispelling negative thoughts and energy, helping you to get an optimistic outlook on life and increasing your success and happiness. It enhances the body's healing energy and opens the conscious mind to intuition. It helps you to adjust, adapt and to process change, while feeling confident and secure. This stones magnetic radiating energy can aid with voice projection, making it the perfect stone for actors and public speakers.
Citrine is associated with the solar plexus chakra and is helpful for directing creative energy into the physical body. This stone is an invaluable aid to the digestion of all emotions. It is beneficial to the circulatory, endocrine and digestive systems - cleansing, purifying and eliminating poisons. Citrine has the power to calm and soothe distressed conditions, eliminate nightmares and other sleep disturbances, increase visual ability, and to balance the thyroid.