Warm and bright like the golden rays of the sun, citrine is believed to bring joy, energy and comfort. A stone of imagination, manifestation and personal will, it is used to attract wealth and prosperity and turn negative thoughts and feelings into positive ones. Let the happy energy of November’s sunny yellow birthstone brighten your day!
How and where citrine is formed
Citrine is thought to take its name from the Latin 'citrus' and the French 'citron' meaning lemon, in reference to its yellow hues which range from light lemon to darker, golden orange and brown. A type of quartz formed in igneous rocks as magma cools, its colour is determined by the concentration of iron present as the crystal forms. Sources of citrine include Brazil, Russia, France, Madagascar, Britain and the United States.
Citrine throughout history
Citrine has been admired throughout history, first considered a gemstone by the Ancient Greeks during the Hellenistic Age, and also worn as jewellery by the Ancient Romans. It’s popularity continued into the 17th century when weapon makers used citrine to decorate their swords and daggers.
In the 1800s Queen Victoria was particularly fond of citrine, as were her many followers wanting to imitate her style. During the Art Deco era in the 1930s and 1940s citrine experienced another surge in popularity, favoured by glamorous Hollywood starlets who wore oversized citrine gems as beautiful costume jewellery.
Citrine meanings, properties and uses
The golden hues of citrine are believed to embody the power of the sun, bringing warmth, joy, energy and comfort. Inspiring sunny dispositions, it is thought to turn negative thoughts and feelings into positive ones.
Known as The Merchant’s Stone, citrine is believed to help you attract and maintain wealth and prosperity. Renowned for its ability to attract success and positivity, it is an excellent crystal for motivation and manifestation.
This highly creative stone is said to enhance your imagination and individuality, encouraging self-expression and confidence. It is also believed to cleanse the chakras, especially the solar plexus chakra which is known as your source of personal will and power.