November's Birthstone: Citrine

Who first comes to this world below,
With drear November's fog, and snow,
Should prize the citrine's amber hue,
Emblem of friends, and lovers true.

Citrine belongs to the Quartz Group and is also a member of the Oxide Family. Its chemical composition is SiO2 with trace amounts of iron and its hardness on the Mohs scale is 7. As this beautiful and rare variety of Quartz was formed, trace elements of Iron slipped into the silicium oxide and to this this stone thanks its beautiful golden yellow colour.

Citrine is closely related to the Amethyst. There is a stone, which combines both these Quartzes, a combination of the purple Amethyst and the golden yellow Citrine. This stone is called Ametrine and harbours the healing and magical properties of both Quartzes inside. The only difference between Amethyst and Citrine is the degree of oxidation of the Iron present in the stone. When Amethyst is heated, this stone will become a reddish brown, and these stones are also sold as Citrines.

Natural Citrine's colour varies between bright yellow to a golden yellow and from a pastel yellow to honey coloured yellow. Citrine is transparent and generally free of inclusions.

This stone's name is derived from the French word 'citrin' or 'citron', which signifies yellow or lemon. In other words this stone is called after its yellow colour. Trade names for Citrine are: Yellow Quartz, Madeira Topaz and Brazilian Topaz. From these last trade names it becomes clear that Citrines are often sold as Topaz, even though Citrine's colour is slightly paler than i.e. the Golden Topaz. In these last cases Citrine is referred to as Topaz with a fantasy prefix. In the past Topaz and Citrine were often mistaken for one another.

Ever since the beginning of time, Citrine is worn as a protection stone and a talisman, but its healing and magical powers have been well known for a long time. This stone was worn to dispel the bubonic plague and to keep its wearer safe from snakebites. The Ancient Greeks and Romans cut intaglios and cabochons of Citrine and revered this stone as the symbol of hope, youth, health and loyalty. Because of its beautiful golden colour royalty appreciated this stone as well. Citrine was also seen as a sun stone and a stone that dispels the evil eye.

Citrine positively influences the psyche because of the sun power this stone emits. The stone is an excellent therapy stone for those that suffer from depressions, but also those that often experience suicidal tendencies and/or mood swings benefit from wearing this particular stone. Citrine brings clarity into the thoughts of its wearer and also diminishes lack of concentration. It may also be used to work through unresolved emotions and makes its wearer happy and cheerful. Next to that this stone is most suited for people who suffer from nightmares and those who have fear of failure and exams have obtained tremendous results when wearing this stone. When you are nervous before an exam or test it is advisable to carry a Citrine, programmed for this specific purpose, with you. Place the stone on the desk next to you or wear it on your body for this.

On the physical level Citrine positively influences the immune system, and also the metabolism. This stone diminishes disorders of digestion and may also be used to dispel constipation and flatulence. Next to that Citrine positively influences the kidneys and the bladder, and it may therefore be used to heal and diminish urinary tract infections. Also those who suffer from respiratory problems benefit from wearing a Citrine, and it is generally suited for those who suffer from asthma. Next to all this, this stone may be used to diminish ailments of the endocrine glands; it is especially suited for those suffering from diabetes mellitus because it positively influences the pancreas. Citrine also cleanses the endocrine glands and makes sure they function properly.

Citrine provides its wearer with positive insight and thoughts and strengthens its wearer's neutral position. It also builds a bridge between the higher and the lower consciousness and balances the yin and yang energies of the wearer. This stone can also be used to attune the chakras and diminishes buried fears during meditation.

The energies of the following Bach Flower Remedies are strengthened by Citrine: Clematis, Elm, Gorse, Hornbeam, Mustard, Sweet Chestnut, Vine & Walnut.

Medical Disclaimer

Although gemstones can help the healing process, we would like to stress that if you have severe and persistent complaints you should consult your G.P. or specialist! Gemstone therapy cannot replace medication. The remedies listed on this website are given as information, not as prescriptions or medical advice and cannot be held responsible for your choice to use gemstones instead of consulting a specialist or G.P. Should you choose to use a natural method or gemstone therapy for treating your ailments, the legal responsibility is your own.