Featured stone: citrine

Although I am normally not a fan of yellow stones, citrine has become one of my favorite crystals.

Citrine is a type of quartz that can be found in shades of yellow to reddish brown, with iron as the primary colorant.   Like all quartz, citrine has a Mohs hardness of 7, so it is moderately hard but can scratch and get chipped.

Citrine is sensitive both to heat and sunlight – both could affect the color of the stone.  Try to keep your citrine jewelry or stones away from prolonged exposure to intense heat or light and store in a cool, dark place when not in use.  Clean your citrine jewelry with water mixed with a small amount of mild liquid hand soap with a soft cloth, rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.

Many commercial citrines have been heat treated (often from amethyst or smoky quartz).  “Almost all heat-treated citrines have a reddish tint.  The natural citrines are mostly pale yellow.”[1]  Some natural citrines can also have a reddish tint and heat-treated citrines can be a pale lemon yellow.

Citrine has a number of metaphysical associations with it, including:

  • dissipates negative energies
  • attracts wealth, success prosperity & abundance
  • enhances body’s healing energy
  • opens mind to intuition
  • helps adapt to change

Chakra: solar plexus


[1]  Gemstones of the World: Newly Revised & Expanded Fourth Edition by Walter Schumann, p.136


Below is a lovely citrine pendant set in Sterling Silver from www.dragondreamsjewelry.com

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