In 1912, The American National Association of Jewelers recognized citrine as an official birthstone for the month of November. The name citrine comes from the French word “citron” which means “lemon”—though a few of its kind have more gold than lemon hues.
In crystal healing, citrine has been attributed as a powerful gem in revitalizing the physical body. Citrine is thought to regulate blood circulation, cures insomnia, minimizes nightmares, and improves the immune system. Additionally, it’s also known in aiding digestion, treating kidney infection, muscle pain, heart disease, and liver problems. Reputed by its excellent healing properties, citrine is among the gemstones that contribute in alleviating overall health and well-being.
Citrine belongs to the quartz family identified by its sunny glowing yellow color or orange to reddish hues. Known to be one of the most affordable gemstones in the market, citrine in its natural state is actually rare. Much of the commercially available citrines are heat-treated amethyst—another variety of quartz. On the heating procedure, temperature defines the hues and at a high temperature, amethyst’s purple color turns to deep yellow, orange or reddish brown shades. Officially, any quartz stone with yellow tints, whether natural or heat-treated, is called citrine.
This gem has a Mohs scale rating of 7, durable enough to blend in any jewelry style. Citrine’s bright yellow glow inspires jewelers in crafting impressive collection of rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Since it has a cheerful warm color, jewelries with a citrine cut are an excellent choice as a surprise gift for moms and grandmothers. They are also ideal as couple’s necklaces or even friendship bracelets. Traditionally, citrine commemorates the 13th wedding anniversary.
Citrine is largely mined in Brazil and can also be found in Madagascar, China and Russia.