Fun Facts About Citrine Gemstones


You've probably heard of citrine jewelry before, but maybe you aren't sure if it's the right choice for you. Read on to learn some interesting facts about citrine gemstones that will help you make your decision.


  • Citrine is the official birthstone for November, along with topaz. It is also used to commemorate the 13th wedding anniversaries.


  • Citrine quartz, November's birthstone, corresponds with the zodiac sign of Cancer. Citrine is believed to boost people born under the Cancer sign's self-confidence, creativity, and inspiration.


  • So, what is a citrine? A natural citrine stone is a transparent variety of quartz crystals, the second most abundant mineral on Earth.


  • Raw citrine crystals are found in various colors, from pale yellow to orange to brown and everything in between. The most valued citrine stones range from light yellow to dark brown.


  • Most citrine jewelry on the market is falsely labeled. These stones are often heat-treated amethyst stones or smoky quartz crystal, thus fake citrine. For this reason, heat-treated amethysts are sometimes called "burnt amethyst."


  • Brazilian amethyst turns yellow at 878ø while the smoky quartz gemstone changes color at a lower temperature (572 degrees to 752 degrees)


  • Many citrine crystals are heat-treated, which destroys the structure of huge crystals and causes fractures and chips. Citrine points are tiny stones that break off from larger citrine gems due to heating treatment. Thus, heat treatment is why so many citrine points are available for sale on the market.


  • Citrine crystal quartz was originally dubbed "yellow topaz" and "yellow quartz" because of its yellowish-orange hue. Yellow topaz is now called citrine. The name citrine stems from the French word "citrin," meaning lemon in Old French.


  • Due to this, citrine buyers are sometimes suspicious of any citrine and think it may be fake topaz.


  • As one of the more rare forms of crystal quartz, the citrine gemstone ranges in color from the palest yellow to dark amber. Natural light yellow citrine is often also called lemon quartz crystal.


  • Lemon quartz crystal goes by various other names, including Sun Stone, the Light Stone, the Coyote Stone, and Apricosin.


  • Citrine's color is due to chemical impurities. Citrine gems contain iron in them, which gives them a pale-yellow color.


  • The most valuable citrine gems are natural gemstones in very saturated colors, known in the trade as Madeira Citrine. The color of Madeira Citrine ranges from a golden color to golden-orange to reddish-brown to a brown hue.


  • Natural citrine stones are associated with hope, strength, cheerfulness, youth, health, and fidelity.


  • Citrine rocks occur in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary sites home to previous volcanic activities.


  • Brazil is the leading producer of these precious stones, with much of its production coming from the state of Rio Grande, do Sul.


  • Most citrine comes from Brazil, but almost all of the Brazilian material is heat-treated amethyst. Natural citrine can also be found in the Ural Mountains of Russia, in Dauphine, France, and in Madagascar.


  • Citrine rocks come in various varieties, including yellow citrine, which is a lemon-yellow color; golden citrine, which is a golden-yellow hue; Madeira citrine, which is golden orange to reddish-brown color; Fire citrine, which is a deep-red to orange citrine and Palmeria citrine, which is an extremely bright orange citrine.


  • In the Anahi mine of Bolivia, amethyst and citrine colors occasionally occur together in the same crystal resulting in ametrine stones. The ametrine gemstone, also known as trystine or by its trade name Bolivianite, features zones of purple and yellow or orange.


  • Citrine quartz ranks on the Mohs Scale Hardness at a 7, meaning citrine jewelry is not easily scuffed and is durable enough to avoid scratching and chipping during everyday wear.


  • Citrine crystals are associated with two deities: the Greek goddess of the harvest, Demeter, and the Egyptian goddess of war, Sekhmet.


  • Jewelry made of yellow stone is highly collectible and fetches large sums in auctions.


  • The largest citrine gemstone ever discovered weighs in at 2258 carats and originates from Brazil. It is on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. This citrine crystal is very large - especially when considering the size of gems used in jewelry, which are usually no more than 25 carats.


  • According to Feng Shui, natural citrine crystals contain subdued Fire Energy. Citrine is believed to bring brightness, joy, and energy to a whole area by being placed in the middle of a home or room. Yellow is the color of the middle of the year, the middle of space, the sun, and light energy. Thus, place a yellow citrine gemstone in the center of a room to energize and vitalize it.


  • The citrine gemstone corresponds to the solar plexus chakra, which is yellow and positioned 3rd on the chakra latter. Citrine is a joyful stone, and its healing properties improve creativity, helps personal clarity, and eliminates self-destructive tendencies. This chakra is balanced with citrine gemstones.


  • The citrine gemstone's other healing properties help the heart, kidney, digestive tract, liver, and muscles.


  • Real citrine stones promote self-esteem and attract wealth. Beware, if the golden color of yellow citrine stones is too clear and saturated, that means they are heat-treated amethyst, also known as burnt amethyst or fake citrine.


  • Also, citrine gemstones are rare, but citrine clusters are even rarer. If you stumble upon a citrine cluster for sale at an affordable price, it is likely a sign that it is falsely labeled heat-treated amethyst.


  • Although heat-treated amethyst stones have similar properties to real citrine, the naturally occurring form of citrine contains more powerful energy for use in Feng Shui, meditation, etc.


  • During the middle ages, another name for the citrine stone developed: the 'merchant's stone' - as citrine jewelry was said to attract good fortune. These precious stones were widely believed to bestow success to the wearer and are often called the success stone.


  • Chinese emperors would often wear citrine jewelry because they believed the stone would increase intellectual capabilities and broaden the mind.


In conclusion, citrine gemstones are beautiful and versatile stones with many interesting properties. They are a great choice for anyone looking for a unique and eye-catching piece of jewelry. Thanks for reading!