What is citrine?
Citrine is a yellow, transparent precious stone with a glassy luster. It is mainly composed of silica and produced in Brazil. Citrine means wisdom and is said to be able to attract wealth when used properly.
Citrine is a popular gem in the market today, with bright colors, a crystal clear texture, and an affordable price.
Composed mainly of silica, citrine ranges in color from light yellow, orange to brown (dark orange citrine is considered the most valuable). It is transparent, relatively hard (a Mohs hardness of 7) and has a glassy luster.
Since the citrine is usually transparent and light in color, it is easy to see the flaws and impurities within; therefore when making a purchase we should take this into account. The dark orange citrine is considered the most valuable, because it is vivid and mellow, giving off a royal and noble feel.
What color is citrine?
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Citrine ranges in color from light yellow, orange to brown, among which the earthy, deep, brownish or reddish orange shade is considered the most valuable.
Now certain jewelers on the market make artificial citrines by heating amethysts. In this case, these crystals are lighter in color and lose their intense luster. Although both gems are called quartz, the value of this type of citrines is generally not as high as the natural ones.
For citrines in a very light color, jewelers are also able to enhance the color by irradiating the gem, making it more beautiful. Citrines of this kind are relatively large in quantity and cheaper, and the color will never change at room temperature; therefore this method is generally accepted by the public.
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In its natural state, citrine is often referred to as yellow citrine or lemon quartz. It is defined by an almost clear color and lacks brown and orange hues. Currently, this is the most sought-after stone. It can also be heated up to deepen the yellow and add to its appeal.
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Orange citrine does exist in nature. However, since it is extemely rare, most orange citrine in the market is considered to be heated citrine or even fake ones. When citrine is heated up, it forms a deep orange hue. The color is often uneven and looks like an amethyst crystal.
Even though the name citrine was given to the yellow quartz stones, some have different colors. The Tibetan citrine has a green tinge to it. It is commonly used to align vibrations and chakras.
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Smoky citrine combines the energetic and healing properties of Smoky Quartz and citrine in one powerhouse of a crystal.
It is grown in Brazil. But we can also get heat treated smoky citrine. The smoky citrine occurs when the stone has higher lithium content—the lithium darkness up for a while after heating to form the smoky citrine.
How is citrine formed?
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The main chemical component of citrine is silica, containing Si-46.7% and O-53.3%. The crystal exhibits a variety of colors due to the presence of different admixtures. For exmaple, green colors are caused by iron (Fe2+), and purple can be caused by titanium (Ti4+).
When silica minerals contain iron and appear yellow or lemon, we call them citrine; those containing manganese and iron are called amethyst; those containing manganese and titanium in rose color are called rose quartz; those with a smoky color are called smoky quartz; those with a brown color are called tea-coloured citrine; those with a black color are called black quartz.
Where is citrine found?
The most important source of citrine is in Brazil, especially the Serra mine in Rio Grandedo Sul, which produces about 300 kg of raw citrine per month. Similarly, the Iraa mine produces about 100 kg of ore per month.
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What does citrine mean? Citrine symbolizes wealth, wisdom and joy. Placing this stone in your home or office helps to attract wealth and make you feel confident. It also has a calming effect on nervous people by reducing fear and eliminating guilt.
“What is my birthstone” is a common internet search. The list of birthstones by month was officially composed by the Jewelers of America in 1912. If you are born on November or you are a Scorpio, you’re in luck: you might be drawn to this beautiful stone, “the stone of wealth and happiness”, as it is one of the November birthstones, the other being topaz.
How much is citrine worth?
One of the things you need to know about citrine is its value. The price ranges from $10 to $30 a carat, depending on the stone’s value. Custom cut citrine tends to cost more. Ask around and find a price range that works for you.
Citrine healing properties
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What does citrine crystal do and what is citrine good for?
Citrine has been getting a lot of attention lately because of its healing properties. Many of the people looking to align their chakras and experience better mental and physical health have resorted to getting citrine stones for their homes. If you have no idea how essential citrine is to your wellbeing, here are some of the benefits you get from the stones.
Citrine metaphysical properties: Citrine chakra
What chakra is citrine? The citrine stone is connected to your solar plexus chakra and your sacral chakra. The solar plexus chakra is where your warrior strength comes from, and the sacral chakra is responsible for your passion, intimacy, and creativity.
By balancing these two chakras, you can improve your self-confidence and your relationship with yourself and others. Citrine ensures that you stay grounded in whatever situation you find yourself.
Physical healing properties
Just like the sunlight and how it brings gloom to a dull day, you can count on the citrine stone to help you heal from any illness that brings you gloom. You will notice a sudden burst of energy when using the stone that will stay with you for days on end.
It is a great pick-me-up for anyone who is experiencing an otherwise dull and slow day.
One of the greatest perks of the citrine stone is, it balances out your emotions. Just because it gives you a burst of energy doesn’t mean it will make you feel like you are on an uncontrollable high. The stone has a way of ensuring that through it all, the energy you feel is enough to get you through the day without sending you into overdrive.
Mental and emotional wellbeing
The citrine stone is known for its bright appearance and vibration as well. It is known to help people struggling with dark thoughts and have anger issues as well. Therefore, it is no surprise that the stones help one uplift their mood whenever they feel low.
Having citrine around you will help you get rid of all the feelings of hopelessness and depression. It helps you open up and release all those negative feelings into the universe and invite positive feelings.
If you are looking for a way to feel optimistic and look forward to your life, these are the stones you should have around you. Good vibes, amazing friendships, and healthy relationships can all be attributed to the power of this stone.
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How to use citrine? One of the questions many people ask is how they can use the citrine to get its amazing healing powers. Here are some of the ways you can citrine and make it work for you.
1. Wear it as jewelry
One of the easiest ways to harness the power of citrine is to put it in your jewelry. Since you will be wearing the jewelry all day, you will be able to tap into the stone’s powers throughout your day. You do not have to worry about it being away from you when you need it.
2. Take a citrine bath
Another easy way to ensure your body soaks up in the goodness of the citrine is to soak in its amazing properties. Prepare your bath like you normally would and add a couple of citrine stones alongside your other bath products. Soaking in the bath for a while will ensure that your entire body absorbs all the good energy from the stone.
3. Arrange them around you
Another way to ensure that you experience the good feeling of the stone is to arrange them strategically around your office or home. The easiest way to go about this is to put the citrine in the corners of the room. They will ensure that the entire room is enveloped in its energy.
Citrine stones have so much to offer, and you will notice this when you start using them. Ensure you get your stones from the right person to avoid being sold fake stones. You can ask your yoga instructor for guidance if you are unsure of where you can get your stones.
How to cleanse and charge citrine?
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1. Cleanse with salt
The standard way to cleanse and charge a citrine crystal is to use salt.
How do we do it? If you use large grains of salt, then simply put the salt on a plate or dish and then bury the stone within the salt for about 24 hours. Reminder, it can be longer than 24 hours, but not shorter. This is very effective and can last up to 3 months with a single purification, also called 100-day purification.
If we use small grains of salt instead, we need to prepare a liquid in the ratio of 10 grams of kosher salt to 500 grams of water, and put the crystal into the liquid and soak it for 24 hours. Since the small grains of salt are less energetic, you can carry it for about 1 month continuously for one purification.
2. Cleanse with the smudging method
To be honest, this is one of the most commonly used method. All that we need to do is simply put the crystal in the room and let the smoke of essential oil, sage or sandalwood ( please remember to use natural essential oil without added chemicals) to work the magic.
3. Cleanse with clear water
Citrine and its energy come from nature, so we can also use natural methods to help cleanse and purify the stone. Place the stone in a flowing stream or river and rinse it with water for 20 minutes before drying it. If this is not possible, buy a bottle of mineral water and soak the crystal in it for 24 hours. This helps to remove the negative energy.
4. Charge on a crystal cluster
Cleansing and purifying with a crystal cluster is the easiest and most convenient method. The crystal cluster itself has a very strong energy. It can not only purify the stone, but also charge it. All we need to do is to place the stone on the crystal cluster overnight.
5. Charge in the moonlight
On the night of the full moon, place the crystals on a windowsill facing the moon. You can also place them outside if it is safe to do so. If needed, cover them with a glass jar or bowl to provide extra protection. Moonlight will charge the crystals overnight.
Where to buy citrine jewelry?
If you want to buy citrine jewelry ranging from $20-$500, you can check Etsy. You can buy pearl jewelry like a citrine ring, a citrine necklace or citrine earrings that are affordable and of high quality and have them delivered to your house fast.
Alternatively, if you want to buy high end citrine jewelry ranging from $100-$2000, you can check Farfetch. They have luxury brands like Gucci, Prada, Boucheron, Cartier, Chopard, David Morris, De Beers and designer brands that are unique and less well-known. You can also have all the products delivered to your home.
Caring for citrine jewelry
First of all, citrine is afraid of strong light, which means that we can not use this method during the purification. This is due to the fact that the strong light will cause certain damages to the surface, making it fade or lose the luster.
Citrine is also afraid of collisions. The average hardness of the crystal is about 7-8, which is only a little bit harder than glass, which means that it is still relatively fragile. Therefore, when we plan to do outdoor sports, remember to remove citrine jewelry or find a way to protect it in order to prevent cracks.
Almost all gemstones are afraid of chemicals such as strong acid and alkali, and citrine is no exception. These chemicals can cause deterioration of the surface, such as tarnishing. So make sure to remove citrine jewelry when applying makeup or taking a bath.