Citrine is yellow quartz. German metallurgist Georg Bauer recognized the rare qualities of citrine 450 years ago and named it "citrine," from the French "citron" for lemon and the Latin "citrus."
Citrine is a yellow variety of quartz displaying hues ranging from pale yellow to brown. Natural citrines are rare; most commercial citrines are heat-treated amethysts or smoky quartzes. Citrine is visually similar to yellow topaz, but they differ in hardness. Citrine has ferric or iron impurities and is rarely found naturally.
- The Greeks first introduced citrine in jewelry pieces during the Hellenistic period (4th to 1st century BCE).
- By 1852, Queen Victoria's attraction to citrine launched its popularity and it subsequently became a traditional stone found in Scottish kilt pins and shoulder brooches.
- This gemstone represents bliss and serves as an amulet to ward off malicious acts. It invites positive vibes which fosters a happy existence. It is attributed with good fortune and triumph in business.
- Considered to support digestion and flush toxins, it is also thought to shield against viral outbreaks and ease skin irritation, including animal bites.
- Citrine is said to boost creativity and intuition, reinforce confidence, maintain emotional balance and prevents depression.
- Possessing energy from the sun, citrine can pacify troubled situations.
- If worn at bedtime, citrine may block bad dreams and guarantee a sound sleep.
- Citrine is also called a "merchant's stone" due to the common practice of placing it near the cash register in shops.
LOCATION: Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
We acquire Brazilian Citrine from the Rio Grande do Sul, home to the best quality of citrines in the world. This section borders both Uruguay and Argentina. Currently there are two mines producing citrine, the Serra and Iraâ mines. Each mine yields a minor portion per month and we are fortunate to acquire its supply from the Serra mines.
- Ranks 7.0 on the Mohs hardness scale.
- Color variations include light lemon yellow, golden yellow, yellow-brown, mandarin orange, burnt orange and Madeira red.
- Sourced from the Serra mines in Brazil.
- Member of the quartz family.
- Also known as Bohemian Topaz, Citron, Kundalini Quartz, and Lemon Quartz.
- Birthstone for November.
- Traditional gift for 13th anniversary.