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Citrine characteristics

Citrine, history and healing properties

Ring with citrine

It is a golden yellow transparent quartz which name comes from the Latin Word Citrus, "lemon". Its color comes from the small presence of iron oxide.

It only takes the name of citrine in 1556 when the German Georg Bauer describes it. It was known before but with other names, also as simple as yellow quartz.

Citrine is actually quite rare to find in the nature. There are a lot of fake ones. Very often, they are heated amethysts that change color from purple to golden yellow. It is quite hard to see the difference. The amethyst has still an intense color with orange and amber hues, and not pale yellow.

You can also find it with names like hyaline quartz, bohemian topaz, topaz quartz, Bahia topaz, Palmyra topaz, Salamanca topaz, topaz from Spain, golden topaz, safranite, Cairngorm or topaz from Madera.

History, beliefs and legends about citrine

During the antiquity and the Middle-Ages, the citrine was often confused with the topaz and was used as such. For the difference of price between these two stones, a lot of pieces were made with this fake topaz. Therefore, there is a strong link in the history between these two stones.

The Egyptians would associate this stone with the warrior goddess Sekhmet. She was represented like a woman with a lion head.

It has been considered as a semiprecious stone since 300 BC in the antique Greece. The citrine was dedicated to the harvest goddess, Demeter.

For some people, the 12th stone of the cloth of Aaron mentioned in the Exodus as Chrysolitus or Golden Stone is citrine, topaz or beryl. More recent interpretations say that is topaz.

history and healing properties of citrine

Ring with citrine

Citrine was quite popular in jewelry in the 19th century, during the art deco period, between the two wars. It was worn by a lot of Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo or Joan Crawford.

Citrine is the birth stone of November with topaz. It is also the anniversary stone for the 13th year of marriage.

Mines: Germany, Austria, Madagascar, Brazil, Russia, USA, and Spain.

Healing properties of citrine

  • It would be recommended for liver, bladder, pancreas infections.
  • Citrine would help with thyroid and endocrine system.
  • It would help to fight against the chronic fatigue.
  • It would help having a beautiful skin, healthy nails and hair, and would fight against skin allergies and irritations.
  • Citrine would relieve food intolerances.
  • As an elixir, it would calm menstruations pains and menopause effects.

/!\ Please note that all healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions.

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