Citrine: Meaning And Properties

Citrine is an incredible mineral variety of quartz with special properties and meanings. Citrine is a quartz characterized by its yellow or, sometimes even orange, color.

In this article, we will explore the meaning and properties of citrine, including its alleged healing powers.

Citrine is a crystal that is most generally associated with the imagination and also with personal will.

What Is Citrine?

Citrine is a variety of quartz that is characterized by its yellow coloring. Citrine can, in fact, look quite different when it comes to color. Some citrine crystals are a very pale yellow while others can be even golden. Yet, others can be as dark as brown, or look like honey. Sometimes, citrine contains sparkle inclusions or even rainbow elements.

Citrine gets its name from the French word for lemon (citron) due to its yellow coloring. But even though the name of this crystal comes from French, it has been around for a lot longer than the French language. This crystal was used as a gem in ancient Greece, which means that it has been around for thousands of years at this point.

You may have come across the terms Madeira (or Spanish) Topaz, Safranite, or Gold Topaz, but Citrine is something quite different from those other stones. The confusion comes from the fact that all of them have similar yellowish coloring.

And, talking about the coloring, it is important to be aware that raw citrine is a lot lighter in color than the citrine that is available commercially. Why is that? Because most of the citrine crystals that is commercially available has been treated to look darker, often so it looks an orange-red or even a deep amber color.

Citrine is produced in different countries. Brazil is its largest producer but this stone is also sourced in the neighboring South American country of Argentina; in the African nations of Zaire, Madagascar, and Namibia; or in the European nations of Russia and Spain.

What Are the Properties of Citrine?

The most noticeable property of citrine is its color. But not all specimens of this stone have the exact same color. Many specimens are yellow, but others are orange or, even, brown.

Citrine belongs to the hexagonal crystal system. It has a refractive index between 1.54 and 1.55. And its SG is between 2.6 and 2.65.

This stone is transparent and has a vitreous luster. Its double refraction is .009.

Citrine, as we saw, belong to the quartz mineral class and have an indiscernible cleavage. Its hardness is 7.

What Is Citrine Used For?

Citrine is a particularly popular gemstone. It can be cut in many different ways, but the most popular cuts are rectangular and oval. Perhaps its most popular use is as a pendant stone.

But citrine is also used is other pieces of jewelry, such as earrings, rings (where it is the centerpiece), necklaces, and bracelets.

Even citrine of a lesser quality can be used it is combined with white quartz. That kind of lesser-quality citrine is usually found for bracelets and necklaces, usually as beads.

There are different kinds of citrine, including lemon quartz (light to dark yellow); golden citrine (golden yellow); palmeria citrine (bright orange); Madeira citrine (from brownish red to orange-red); and yellow citrine (lemon-like yellow color).

Some people find Citrine hard to distinguish from the orange and yellow varieties of Topaz, the yellow variety of Sapphire, or even Heliodor (Golden Beryl). Orange citrine can be hard to distinguish from some grossular garnets.

Most citrine stones get their color from heat treatments. Amethyst is heated at approximately 750 degrees Fahrenheit until it gets to look mild yellow. When heated at approximately 1700 degrees Fahrenheit, Amethyst gets to look anything from deep orange to reddish. By far, the most popular result is the reddish colors.

Also, some intense yellow shades can be obtained by the irradiation of the quartz, which will produce what is often referred to a lemon quartz.

Other vivid colors can be obtained by using the so-called hydrothermal method, which results in what is known as the synthetic citrine.

What Is the Meaning of Citrine?

The Sun is the heavenly body with which Citrine is most closely associated. This is said to be the reason why some people believe that Citrine carries the life-giving and boosting energy and the comfort and warmth that only the Sun can provide.

This is meant to stimulate the chakras, clear one’s mind, and stimulate action.

My personal medicine bundle is my backpack that I have at the top of the course. Each person’s medicine bundle is different and sacred and not to be spoken of. I have some goodies in my bundle. And my power stone is a quartz crystal that I love and wear almost every day. – Jamie Anderson

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For some people, citrine means new beginnings and fresh pursuits. So, even if you are not particularly creative, having citrine close by might help you move on and have a new beginning.

Another important meaning of this crystal is related to the transmutation of negative energy. If there is any negative energy circulating around Citrine, this crystal will not accumulate it or even hold it.

Citrine is also said to work as a protector. Its proximity is meant to help with working out problems.

Apart from the connection between this crystal and creativity and new beginnings, there are other uses that people have found for it.

Many people think that citrine has the property of not only increasing wealth (or helping you acquire wealth), but also it is supposed to keep maintain your wealth.

Perhaps the main property of this crystal, or one of the properties that people value the most about citrine, is the one that connects it with abundance. That is why when some people get themselves involved in some venture that can potentially make them some quick money, they use citrine as a talisman. Speculators in particular may benefit from having this crystal in close proximity.

For example, some people believe that carrying about this crystal can help attract happiness and love. It is also believed that citrine can smooth out any problems with your family or any groups to which you may belong.

This crystal is also believed to keep jealousy and spite at bay. So, if you want to guard yourself against those, carrying citrine with you might be a good idea.

But, there is a less positive side to this crystal. Some people also believe that citrine may increase aggressiveness. If you are a person who has a quick or fiery temper, you might want to avoid this crystal as those negative characteristics could get exacerbated by it.

Juan Ramos

When people ask me why I write, I tell them that I do it so I can learn. The main reason I became a writer is my insatiable curiosity. My favorite part of writing is researching and learning about new topics.

I hold a BA in English Studies from the University of La Laguna and an MA in English literature from the Open University.

Cite this article as:
Juan Ramos. Citrine: Meaning And Properties, Science Trends, 2018.
DOI: 10.31988/SciTrends.25664
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