- Category: Gemstones by the Month
Citrine: November’s gemstone - mellow yellow!
”Citrine” comes from the French word for lemon, and is any quartz crystal that’s yellow to orange. The darker, orange colours were traditionally the best, but today people prefer bright lemony shades. Citrine with manmade colour tends to have more of an orange or reddish caste. Most natural citrine starts life as amethyst until heated in a molten state to change - most originate from Brazil.
Sunny and affordable, citrine brightens all jewellery - blending especially well with the yellow gleam of polished gold. The yellow colour is a natural reviver, and citrine focuses the mind bringing a feeling of self-esteem. In medication it helps re-establish the link between your conscious and subconscious minds. If you’re feeling down, try holding citrine to lift your spirit. It’s also good at healing the body and helping people communicate.
Citrine’s warm vitality promotes optimism, attracts abundance, and is one of the few stones that remove negative energy. In ancient times it was carried to protect against snake venom and evil thoughts. Then later known as a "merchants' stone”, where citrine was placed in the cash register to not only acquire wealth, but to conserve it too.
Today, people still use citrine to attract wealth. The Chinese science of feng shui teaches placing citrine in the wealth area of a room, the south-east corner, helps to bring money. I have one customer who says since she did this, her financial problems have disappeared!
Some call citrine “topaz quartz”, which is confusing as topaz is a separate mineral – the name just referrers to the colour being similar to topaz. However, citrine is considered an alternative to topaz as the birthstone for November.
The Egyptians thought yellow topaz was collared with the golden glow of the sun god Ra. This made it a very powerful amulet protecting against harm. The Romans associated topaz with Jupiter, also their god of the sun.
Topaz is said to bring clear-sight and dispel enchantment. The ancient Greeks believed that it had the power to strengthen and make its wearer invisible in an emergency. Topaz was also thought to change colour if food or drink is poisoned - and to cure insomnia, asthma, and haemorrhages.
Topaz is a very hard, but can be split with a single blow, so requiring protection from hard knocks. Citrine never requires cleansing - as long as shielded from prolonged exposure to light or heat, it’ll last for years. Citrine is the birthstone for November, and its corresponding signs are Gemini, Aries, Libra, and Leo.