Citrine belongs to the quartz family. From its origin, citrine stone comes from the Latin “citrus”, meaning lemon and thus refers directly to its color. The main characteristics of this stone are zest for life, energy and dynamism.
Citrine: general data
Citrine is a pale-yellow stone, sometimes golden yellow, with a translucent sheen. Symbol of success and abundance, the yellow stone has a very special meaning as well as many benefits that we will explain hereafter.
The name citrine comes from the Latin word “citrus”, meaning “lemon” in French, in reference to its color. This stone was already known in Ancient Greece. The Romans used it to make cabochons and intaglios. The men of ancient times used it as precious stones endowed with power.
It would seem that it had the gift of protecting them from the bites of poisonous snakes, the evil eye and negative thoughts. In the 1 800s, citrine was used, among other things, as a decoration on combs and tiaras.
History of citrine
Known since 500 BC, citrine stone has always been popular since ancient Greece. At that time, citrine was considered a good-luck charm, used to combat the evil eye and to protect against reptiles. The Roman Empire regularly used it to design stones engraved with relief, in this case citrine pendants, but also cabochons.
The most famous citrine stone deposits to date are located in the province of Antananarivo in Madagascar. A good number of related deposits exist in the countries of Brazil, Germany, Austria, Spain, the United States and the Czech Republic.
However, you still have to be very careful, because citrine stone is very rare and fake stones are appearing on the market. These can be amethysts mounted at more than 500 °C and which, after undergoing this rise in temperature, turn into yellow and not purple color as originally.
Origin and composition of citrine stone
Citrine stone belongs to the quartz family and is composed of iron and silicon oxide. It sometimes happens to find it under the name “Yellow hyalin quartz”. The low presence of iron oxide gives it its yellow color.
From its origin, the citrine stone comes from the Latin “citrus”, meaning lemon and being recalled directly by its color. This stone has a hardness equivalent to 7 on the Mohs scale, which is relatively rare for a natural stone.
Virtues and properties of citrine stone in lithotherapy
1 – Psychological virtues
The main characteristics of citrine stone in lithotherapy are the “joie de vivre” and abundance. This stone of richness promotes the balance of energies as well as concentration. It is energizing and strongly develops creativity. As such, it is one of the stones that need little or no cleaning and reloading because it absorbs and eliminates negative energy. It protects its environment and purifies the person in contact with it, whether by means of a citrine bracelet or other.
Crystal of abundance, the richness of citrine stone is much exploited in feng shui. It teaches you how to attract abundance, prosperity, wealth and success. It is a stone that is both happy, but also generous, it encourages its users to share with others while not losing their wealth. Generally, in lithotherapy, citrine stone promotes positive behavior and always allows to find the best solution in the common interest and in an optimistic way. For example, it allows the person wearing a citrine necklace to develop self-confidence and increase respect. Through this she helps to overcome her instinctive aversions and fears.
2 – Bodily virtues
From a bodily point of view, citrine stone would aid digestion, stimulate the spleen and act in the same way on the pancreas. Constipation would also be relieved by the stone, and those wearing it would have fewer menstrual cycle disorders.
How to clean citrine
In order to keep all the sparkle of a citrine, it is better to avoid any contact with too much heat source. Nor should it be exposed to too much light.
It should be noted that limestone deposits and chemicals of all kinds can also harm its beauty and shine. If it is necessary to wash the citrine with water and washing-up liquid, it is recommended to rinse it with alcohol.