Other Names: “stone of the mind”
Origin of Name: Latin word “citrus”
Meaning of the Stone: November Birthstone
Region: Brazil, USA, Madagascar, Russia, Czech Republic, Spain, France
Color: yellow, lemon-yellow, orange-yellow
Fracture: conchoidal to uneven
Hardness (Gravity): 7 (2.65)
Crystal System: trigonal
Similar Minerals: amethyst
1. Legend and History:
Citrine owes its name to the Latin word “citrus” which means lemon, due to its natural light yellow color.
During the Middle Ages, citrine was created by heating Amethyst, which also occurs today due to the fact that natural citrine is rather hard to find in pure form which can be cut and used as a gemstone.
This gemstone is believed to help in areas of digestion, health of the liver, kidney and heart. It is also said to promote creativity, and diminish low self esteem and destructive character.
2. Origin in nature and use:
Natural citrine is a type of crystalline quartz, and rather rare to find in its natural form; In many cases citrine is used as an alternative to topaz as it is thought to highly resemble it, although their mineral characteristics are completely different.
It is found in a variety of shapes and sizes, and is fairly reasonably priced in accordance to its beauty, thus quite often used for the creation of jewelry. It is found in various colorations of yellow, in mainly a transparent to translucent diaphaneity, and a hardness of 7.
3. Interesting Facts:
Due to the fact that pure citrine has become rather rare to find, but for certain mines in Brazil which still excavate large amounts, citrine sold on the market is in many cases heat treated amethyst or quartz.
4. Care and Storing:
Citrine is a beautiful gemstone which is best kept safe in a presentation box; although it has a relatively good hardness it is a very fragile gemstone. In reference to cleaning it is recommended to clean citrine with ultrasound, thus not losing any of its natural attributes and pure beauty.