Citrine is a yellow to orange variety of quartz, a mineral that is found in many different locations around the world. The name “citrine” comes from the French word for lemon, which reflects the gemstone’s bright and sunny colour.
Citrine is famous for its vibrant translucent yellow and orange hues, which are created by the presence of iron in the crystal lattice. The intensity of the colour can vary from pale yellow right through to a deep orange-brown, with the most valuable citrines being those with a strong, pure yellow colour and minimal to no impurities and refractions.
Citrine is a relatively common gemstone and is often used in jewellery, particularly in rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. It is also used in decorative objects such as vases and figurines. Citrine is considered to be one of the most affordable and widely available gemstones.
In addition to its beauty, citrine is also believed to have many positive qualities. It is said to promote energy, creativity, and joy, as well as stimulate mental clarity and promote self-confidence. It’s other widely accepted metaphysical property is wealth and abundance. For this reason many people carry a small citrine in their wallet or purse, while many new-age stores will have a piece in or near their register or counter. Citrine is also associated with the solar plexus chakra, which is thought to be connected to personal power and self-esteem.
Citrine is often associated with the month of November and is one of the traditional birthstones for that month. It is also used as a gemstone for the 13th wedding anniversary.