Citrine is known as the yellow stone that is similar to Amethyst. Citrine has been gaining in popularity over the past few decades as softer yellow and pastel colors have become popular. Citrine is from quartz mineral. Quartz is the most abundant mineral on earth and actually makes up 12% of the earth’s crust. Its color is usually a yellow to orange; however it might at times have a tinge of red or brown in it. Many times this stone is confused with Topaz. It is quite different than topaz.
Citrine is caused by iron deposits in its macro crystalline structure. It should be noted that Citrine is the same as Amethyst in composition; only the state of oxidation is different. The amount of oxidation in a crystal can change with radiation usually by sunlight and heat. Amethyst can be changed to Citrine just by radiating it with heat. In fact, Citrine can be reversed back to Amethyst as well. However, do not have fear; your Citrine will last for generations as long as you do not subject it to radiation or extreme temperature.
Citrine has been known to man for thousands of years. It was first used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans for jewelry such as intaglios. It was also popular during the Middle Ages and was said to have medicinal and mystical qualities. For instance, Citrine was used to stimulate one’s intellect and bolster creativity. It was also said to be helpful in acquiring wealth and self confidence.
Regarding medicinal uses, Citrine was used in a variety of different ways, such as protecting one from snake bites, to help remove toxins from the body. It was used to speed healing and disorders dealing with the heart, liver and digestive system.