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.” 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
 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