Everybody is familiar with diamonds and rubies, but not many are familiar with the gemstone citrine. Citrine is a yellowish-gold gemstone from the quartz mineral group. Its name is derived from the same root as citrus fruit and is used modernly to describe any shade of yellow. Citrine is often an alternate birthstone for the month of November.
Citrine gemstones were historically known as “yellow quartz” until the German metallurgist Georg Bauer renamed it citrine in the 1550’s. A large percentage of citrine on the market today is actually amethyst that has been heated and transformed into yellowish hues; however, citrine can also be found in nature. This is rare, though, making naturally mined and untreated citrine quite expensive. Citrine was a favorite gemstone of Queen Victoria in Scotland in the 1850’s. Because of her love of the stone, you can often find citrine on kilt pins and brooches from that time period.
Citrine, like most gemstones, is thought to have special powers. It has been called “the stone of the mind” and is said to increase the psychic powers of the wearer. Citrine is also said to have certain “money energy.” Wearing citrine jewelry or having citrine somewhere in your workplace is thought to improve business and bring good financial prosperity. Citrine also has healing powers, particularly aiding with the endocrine and digestive systems. Citrine helps with blockage and buildup from harmful toxins in the body and improves overall digestion.
Consider citrine the next time you are in the market for a fine piece of jewelry. The jewelers at Mosteller American Gemstones can special order citrine and place it in a beautiful ring, necklace or bracelet for you. Considering the benefits citrine is said to bring to your life, it’s worth the investment!