Citrine (Zambia)


Pure Joy

Dance to your own beat and delight in your amazing self.

Attract spiritual abundance and financial prosperity.

Cleanse and charge your energy fields and environment.

Feel lighthearted, courageous, and peacefully empowered.

Let Natural Citrine inspire you to outrageous happiness!

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Healing Properties of Citrine

Spiritual: Citrine has one of the most powerful energies of all crystals. It purifies the energy of everything around it, and is one of the few “self-cleansing crystals” capable of maintaining its own brilliant energy field. Citrine is a potent tool for manifestation, helping us to know our desires and ask the Divine to guide our actions and lead us to success. When the road is difficult, Citrine lends us strength and banishes feelings of heaviness and darkness from our spirit, replacing it with vibrant golden Light. Citrine is attuned to the Solar Plexus Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra. It is connected to the element of Fire and vibrates to the number 6.

Emotional: Citrine’s energy is exceptionally joyful and happy, making it one of the most useful stones to use to treat depression and anxiety. Its purifying energy helps protect us from being drained by difficult situations or people. Furthermore, it can help us to set and maintain clear emotional boundaries so that we don’t need to rely on its protection. It helps us to see that it is ok to say “no” and also to be clear about what we WANT rather than merely focused on the minimum we NEED to survive. Citrine encourages us to think and feel clearly about what is necessary for our happiness and to confidently do the work necessary to bring that about. It teaches us that when we do the work, we are properly entitled to enjoy the result.

Mental: Citrine’s purifying energy helps us to keep our thoughts clear and clean, so we can make good decisions and put them into action immediately. It helps us to rapidly digest complex information, particularly as related to power, boundaries, and manifestation. Citrine helps us to organize our thoughts into those which serve us, and those which do not, and to quickly discard those that do not. It is particularly helpful for helping us to understand and move past any mental blocks dealing with money. It helps us to let go of feelings of being “undeserving” or the erroneous belief that money is “evil.” Instead, Citrine shows us that money buys marshmallows and builds hospitals, and can therefore be considered a “good thing” worthy of being gathered, saved, spent, and enjoyed.

Physical: Citrine is recommended for anyone who feels sluggish and wants the crystal equivalent of a shot of expresso.  Citrine’s happy and bouncy energy can help us to smile and do what needs to be done, both in the short term and in the long term.  Citrine is a comforting talisman when we are dealing with problems affecting the digestive and elimination systems, particularly uncomfortable situations like a bladder infection or constipation.  It is also a great talisman when we need to take better care of our endocrine system, particularly the thyroid.  Citrine helps us to stay hopeful and act sensible.  Citrine can be a good talisman for someone suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, as long as care it taken to be realistic and not expect overnight miracles.  When used pragmatically, Citrine can help us to celebrate each milestone reached and to have endurance for a long healing journey.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Natural Citrine

Raw Citrine
Raw Citrine, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Mineral Family: Tectosilicate

Chemical Composition: SiO2
Cleavage: None
Color: Yellow
Crystal System: Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit: Pyramidal terminations, prismatic
Fracture: Conchoidal, very brittle
Gravity: 2.65
Hardness: 7
Luminescence: None
Luster: Vitreous
Streak: White
Transparency: Transparent

Location: The most important natural Citrine deposits are in Madagascar. Additional Citrine deposits are located in Argentina, Brazil. France, Hungary, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Russia, Scotland, Spain, and the United States.

Mineral Family: Citrine is a yellow variety of Quartz, which is in turn a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Quartz is a large mineral family in its own right and its members come in every shade of the rainbow. Colorless Quartz is called Clear Quartz or Rock Crystal. Green Quartz is Prasiolite. Brown Quartz is Smoky Quartz. Pink Quartz is, of course, Rose Quartz. The most highly prized variety of all is Amethyst, or purple Quartz. Yellow Quartz is Citrine.

Formation: Citrine is created when liquid magma from a volcanic explosion cools down and transforms into igneous rock. During this cooling down period, silica acid bubbles shift from being a gas/liquid into a solid compound. The bubble becomes a hollow space in the igneous rock and the silica acid becomes Quartz crystals. Trace particles of aluminum and lithium within the silica acid gives Citrine its yellow color, otherwise the silica acid would transform into Clear Quartz.  Chemically speaking, Citrine and Smoky Quartz are identical, the only difference is that Smoky Quartz have been irradiated. 

Mining: Citrine is a highly desirable and relatively rare semi-precious stone. It is typically found near or within Amethyst mines, since the only chemical difference between the two stones is how quickly the silica acid cooled down!

Enhancements: While Citrine does occur naturally, the vast majority of Citrines are actually heat-treated Amethysts.  More than 200 years ago, it was discovered that when Amethysts are carefully heated between 800 and 900 degrees Fahrenheit they take on a bright golden color. This discovery gave mines and gem dealers a a way to transform low grade Amethyst into a more desirable commodity.  The difference between natural and burnt Citrine is obvious in tumbled stones.  But for high quality gemstones, only a trained specialist can recognize the difference – Burnt Citrines have subtle stripes while Natural Citrines are slightly cloudy.  Natural Citrine gets its pale golden color from minor inclusions of lithium and aluminum. By contrast, the bright yellow of Burnt Citrine comes from Iron.

Synonyms: Gold Topaz, Smoky Topaz, Topaz Quartz, Saxon Topaz, Spanish Topaz, Citrine Topaz, Palmyra Topaz, Madeira Topaz, etc.

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Raw Citrine

History of Natural Citrine

Yellow-Gemstones 2Citrine was not included as a distinct mineral in most early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. Instead the name “Citrine,” which comes from the French “citrini”, which comes from “citreus” the Latin for lemon, was used as a generic name for many kinds of yellow stones  including Beryls (Golden Beryl and Helidor), Corundum (yellow Sapphire), Quartz (modern Citrine), Topaz (Golden Topaz and Imperial Topaz) and Zircon (Hyacinth and Jacinth). During ancient and early medieval times, these little golden stones were playful called “merchant’s stones” since they were believed to bring financial prosperity to their owners. The name Citrine was first used to denote purely yellow Quartz starting in 1546.

During ancient and early medieval times, any yellow stone might be considered the birthstone for November. By contrast, modern birthstone charts typically list yellow Topaz as the proper birthstone, although some list Citrine as an alternative. Today, some wily merchants continue to use the terms Citrine and Topaz interchangeably, since Topaz is considered a precious gemstone and typically commands a higher price than the semi-precious Citrine. As a result, various shades of Citrine are sometime called by titles such as; “Citrine Topaz,” “Madeira Topaz,” “Palmyra Topaz,” “Saxon Topaz,” “Spanish Topaz,” and “Topaz Quartz.”  All of these names are considered a misrepresentation by gemologists. By contrast, there are some names that denote where a particular form of Citrine was mined or its specific shade of color. Citrine that goes by the name of “Cairngorn” is mined in Scotland, near the city of the same name. Whereas sang de beouf (French for “ox blood”) refers to a Citrine which is a dark reddish-brown in color, rather than a bright yellow.

To confuse the matter even more, few Citrines currently on the market are in fact Natural. Instead the vast majority are Burnt Citrines, or heat-treated Amethysts or Smoky Quartz. Burnt Citrines have been produced for more than 200 years, after it was discovered that when Amethyst and Smoky Quartz are carefully heated between 470 and 560 degrees they take on a bright golden color. This discovery gave mines and gem dealers a a way to transform low grade Amethyst and Smoky Quartz into a more desirable commodity. Most of the Citrine on today’s market is Burnt Citrine from Brazil. One of the few locations currently producing Natural Citrine is in Madagascar.

Photos: Yellow Gemstones

Ethically Sourced Citrine


The Miners sell to a Gemdealer

The Gemdealer sells directly to the Lapidary.

The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.









The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.

The Mine and the Lapidary are located in neighboring countries, with one middleman involved.



The Mine

This Citrine was artistanally mined in Zambia. 

The deposit is located on the border of Zambia and the DR Congo, about four hours away from the nearest town. 

The mining would be relatively safe and have a low environmental impact.

Botswana has the safest mining standards in Africa. 

Learn More: Ethical Mining



The Lapidary

This Citrine was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary


Sourcing Relationship

I have been doing business with this source since 2014.  They are the oldest tumbling company in the world and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source.  The company started in California in the 1950s and was eventually bought by a British immigrant who had young sons.  Eventually the company moved to South Africa in order to be closer to the source of their best-selling stone and to have the legal rights to export it.  The company is now run by the sons and their childhood best friend.

The current owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally.  For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners.  The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.  Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin.  For those that aren’t, I ask the owners directly.  As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them.  However, they remain my preferred source for most of the stones I sell from sub-Sahara Africa.

I had a long conversation with this inspiring woman, discussing both our own businesses as well as the larger industry.  We already shared many of the same ethical commitments.  But I was intrigued by her commitment to respecting cultural identities.  In Brazil, much of the land where the mines are located are owned by indigenous peoples.  But oftentimes miners are from somewhere else, and usually don’t have any vested interest in protecting the local environment or distributing wealth into the local economy.  To respect cultural identities means to do business with local indigenous peoples, rather that transient outsiders.

Safe Handling of Natural Citrine


What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Citrine

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Zambia

Polishing Method: Lightly drum polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.


  • Color: Pale gold
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Polished points with rounded edges
  • Size: Average size varies depending on the thickness of the stone
    • Small is between .75 – 1 in / 19 – 25 mm
    • Large is between 1.25 – 2 in / 32 – 50 mm
  • Transparency: Transparent
  • Weight: Average weight varies
    • Small is 0.2 oz / 5.5 g / 28 carats
    • Large is 0.4 oz / 11 g / 56 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.


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    I love the crystals you picked for me.

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    I received my crystals, and they’re lovely. I always love ordering from you and am so delighted by what you send.

  3. Sidhant M. (Michigan)

    Wow. Amazing customer service and the crystal had an amazing shape, energy and color to it.

  4. Pati S. (Texas)

    I selected and purchased a stone for each chakra, so this review refers to all of them. They are wonderful. It is nice to deal with someone who cares where the stones come from. And Jule is so helpful and responsive. And knowledgeable. Plus she takes time to select each stone for you. Can’t recommend her highly enough. You won’t be disappointed.

  5. Lisa S. (Washington)

    I received my stones on Wednesday and I have been feeling and studying them since. I wanted to say thank you, each piece is absolutely beautiful and I look forward to meditating and growing with them.

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  7. Sidhant M (Michigan)

    Just received your crystal. I am so glad I reached out personally for a pretty crystal. Personal touches really help, I notice! This looks so good and the best part is it’s geometry. It is tumbled but still has its quartzy six point side to it.

  8. Gina R. (New Hampshire)

    I’ve added this beautiful crystal of “Pure Joy” to my collection because the past 5 years have been hard, and I need to remind myself that even when there’s so much to be sad about, there’s much to be happy about, too. Securely packaged & shipped fast. Thank you!

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    My crystals have arrived safe and sound. They are so beautiful! And thank you for the tea, I can’t wait to try. I will make sure to recommend your shop to my friends. Thanks again!

  11. Paige B. (Maryland)

    Just checked the mail and they came! Thank you again and THANK YOU for the tea. I’m so excited!

  12. Tracey S. (Virginia)

    Beautiful. Gave detailed card on what my stone was for

  13. Naaborle S. (Ohio)

    Thank you for the beautiful crystals which I love as does my daughter! The gift of tea is also much appreciated! Thank you so much! I will be ordering more crystals very soon.

  14. Sam W. (Washington)

    The crystals I ordered arrived today. They are so beautiful. Thank you.

  15. Lakshmi K (Arizona)

    I just received the package. It was so beautifully and sweetly packed! Thank you so much! Also, I love loose tea. Thank you so much! You are very kind.

  16. Jaron H. (Washington)

    As usual , high quality , high vibrations and fast shipping . Thank you so much!

  17. Melissa C. (Texas)

    The stone I received is very beautiful with vibrant color, The stone is sourced ethically and I def recommend.

  18. Jen R. (Florida)

    Awesome as always! 🙂 Thank you!

  19. Lori B. (Colorado)

    This stone is to help support my old kitty. It’s gorgeous and has incredible Zing! Julie takes good care of us.

  20. Sandy C. (Pennsylvania)

    I love love love my Citrine, we connected immediately. I wear it against my skin as much as possible, and my knee pain that was pretty bad has greatly eased up. I also feel calmer and it helps in my meditations. Thanks for finding my match.

  21. Mary S. (Washington)

    Lovely seller! So pleased with my purchase. Highly recommended.

  22. Jason S. (Kentucky)

    I am also very excited to say that I received my shipment today and am blown away by how awesome they are!! Now, to get to work with my new tools
    Thanks for being amazing

  23. Vicki H. (Texas)

    I received my crystals and they are absolutely perfect!!!! I love them so much! I was just in awe with their energy of when I opened them all up. Even my dog went straight to zen mode.

  24. Michelle V. (Georgia)

    A+ thanks!

  25. Kristen H. (Alabama)

    This sunny stone just makes me smile. Touching it, looking at it, even thinking of it makes me happy. I love the fact that it’s a natural citrine; that was the most important factor when making my purchase. Julie always has only the best, consciously sourced crystals for sale!

  26. Melissa H. (Washington)

    Such a beautiful, clear citrine!

  27. Jane M. (Canada)

    thank you for cultivating and putting such care into your crystals! I recently received a citrine and almandine garnet crystal, and I am in love! It is so refreshing to know where the crystals come from and that they are ethically sourced. In addition to that, I have never felt such vibrational crystals immediately out of the box!

  28. Patti N. (Texas)

    Beautiful crystal, I just love it! Thank you,!!

  29. Patti N. (Texas)

    Looking forward to receiving your crystals. You’re the only person I would trust to me an authentic Citrine.

  30. Tracey N. (California)

    Absolutely perfect! Repeat customer; highly recommend seller. Thank you! AAAAA++

  31. Yvonne E. (Texas)

    My experience upon opening up the package and visiting with my crystals: I felt like they were old friends being returned to me!! My heart filled with tenderness and I teared up! I was “reunited” I thought to myself and I began kissing them as if they were family or loved ones that I missed and I was lovingly welcoming them home to me….My hands began to get very, very warm and my palms were sweating when I held them collectively. Thank you JULIE for bringing them “BACK” into my life! You are truly BLESSED with the power of selecting crystals! Not only do I know these crystals are truly MINE but that they also belong to one another.. We are going to do GOOD things Together!

  32. Mary D. (Pensilvania)

    Gorgeous citrine stone, perfect for jewelry.

  33. Shirley B. (California)

    All of your crystals are so very wonderful…thank you so much!

  34. Jen R. (Florida)

    Beautiful! Very translucent! love it!

  35. Angela S. (Ohio)

    Beautiful stone, shipped super fast & well packaged! Great communication!!

  36. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    This is such a beautiful piece of natural citrine! I love the love the clarity and pure golden color! Excellent customer service as always! Thank you!

  37. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    The citrine is stunning! I really appreciate that you found one for me that resembles a polished point, and clarity and light golden color are awesome! It’s the prettiest piece of natural citrine I’ve personally seen.

  38. Rhonda F. (Arizona)

    I bought 5 crystals from this shop and all are beautiful –

  39. Katrina N. (Pennsylvania)

    Such a beautiful stone!! It’s like a little piece of sunshine, it makes me happy just to look at it.

    Julie’s shop is amazing; the prices are great, the shipping is fast, and I can’t wait to buy again!

  40. Agata N. (Maryland)

    very fast shipping, crystals were packaged with much care

  41. Michele D. (Texas)

    Lovely stone. Very nice seller. Will buy from again.

  42. Bruce H. (Texas)

    The stone I received was exactly as pictured with no issues. It is my birthstone and I sometimes carry it with me. It is smooth in my hand and warms quickly …. I like it.

  43. Patti N. (Texas)

    The citrine is absolutely gorgeous!!! Gave me chills—thank you so much!!!!!

  44. Andrivia M. (Maryland)

    My favorite of the stones I purchased!

  45. Laura D. (New Jersey)

    Excellent service! A+ seller! These stones are beautiful!

  46. Veronica J. (New York)

    Love it. I felt strong energy from it and it came to my door in no time!

  47. Veronica J. (New York)

    Thank you so much! The stone literally vibrates my hand, I’m very sensitive to energy. It’s amazing! I love it.

  48. Angelina A. (Minnesota)

    My favorite seller by far!!! Beautiful stone, as always! THANK YOU!

  49. Tammy W. (Iowa)

    Lovely stomes! Will order again!

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