Dance to your own beat and delight in your amazing self.
Cleanse and charge your energy fields and environment.
Feel lighthearted, courageous, and peacefully empowered.
Let Natural Citrine inspire you to outrageous happiness!
Healing Properties of Natural Citrine
Spiritual: Natural 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. Natural 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, Natural 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: Natural 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. Natural 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: Natural 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: Natural Citrine has been used to treat the stomach, spleen and pancreas and is said to promote digestion. It is commonly used by metaphysical healers to speed up metabolism and heal the endocrine system. Natural Citrine is particularly useful for helping us to make the practical lifestyle changes that are necessary after being diagnosed with early diabetes.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Natural Citrine
Mineral Family: Tectosilicate
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Crystal System: Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit: Pyramidal terminations, prismatic
Fracture: Conchoidal, very brittle
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.
History of Natural Citrine
Citrine 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 Natural Citrine
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells to a 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 different countries, with one middleman involved.
This Natural Citrine was artisanally-mined in Lwena, Congo-Zambian border 4 hours away from the closest village
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage
and had relatively safe conditions for workers.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Natural 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
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The 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 have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. 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 sub-Sahara Africa.
Safe Handling of Natural Citrine
Natural Citrine Tumbled Stone
Color: Gold. The orange part may be more rough than than the black/gray, because it is a softer mineral. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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