All about Citrine


Gemsations Sterling Silver and Citrine Ring
Gemsations Sterling Silver and Citrine Ring

What is Citrine? Citrine is a form of quartz (the same family as other quartzs and Amethysts.) It’s hardness rating is a 7.

What color is Citrine and how does it get that way? The name for Citrine comes from “kitros,” the Greek word for yellow. Pure quartz is clear, but the Citrine form derives its color from iron trapped inside the stone. The finest Citrine is naturally light yellow, but often Citrine is created by heating pale Amethyst until it is yellow. In fact because the two stones are both color variations of quartz, they can even co-exist in the same stone as Ametrine.

Where does Citrine come from? Citrine is found naturally in many countries including Brazil, Madagascar, Spain, and the United States.

What are the metaphysical properties of Citrine? Citrine is given as a symbol of youth, hope, and fidelity. It is said to cleanse the body, and aid in tissue regeneration. It can be used as the November birtstone, and is also the anniversary stone for 17 years of marriage.

How do I clean and care for Citrine? Clean Citrine in warm water with a mild soap. Beware of chemicals and other cleaners that can discolor it. Citrine can easily be scratched. It may change color if left in direct sunlight.

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