Citrine is a golden yellow form of quartz that takes its name from “Citron”, the French word for lemon. Citrine is one of the birthstones for November and is believed to be the gemstone of happiness. Citrine is a beautiful translucent yellow gemstone.
The first occurrences of Citrine being utilized by man were in Greece in the Hellenistic period (end of the 4th to the end of the 1st century BC). The first use of Citrine by the Romans was in intaglios and cabochon in the first centuries after the birth of Christ. In former times Citrine was used as a protective talisman against the plague, bad skin and evil thoughts. Citrine promotes creativity, helps personal clarity and eliminates self-destructive tendencies. Citrine was commonly used as a charm against snakebites and other venomous reptiles.
Amongst its many medicinal uses Citrine is believed to aid digestion, remove toxins from the body, and be useful in the treatment of depression, constipation and diabetes.
Citrine occurs naturally in proximity to Amethyst and is a related mineral. Citrine like Amethyst is a form of Quartz. The yellow color is from the presence of iron, the darker the color - the higher the grade.
Traditionally the “Madeira” shades were valued higher but these days many people prefer Citrine’s brighter lemon tones.
Most of the high-grade Citrine mined today comes from Uruguay, Brazil and many African nations. Natural Citrine can also be found in the Ural Mountains of Russia, in Dauphine, France, and in Madagascar.
Citrine can be easily confused with topaz and has even been called “Topaz Quartz”.