Citrine is a variety of quartz and can range from light yellow to deep rich amber in colour. November's birthstone is most commonly found in Brazil, but also naturally occurs in the Urla Mountains of Russia, Kazakhstan and Madagascar. We are going to explore the history behind the use of citrine and how it can benefit us all (even if you are not a November baby).
The History of Citrine
The Ancient Egyptians were the first to discover citrine and used the stone as a protective and powerful talisman. They believed that Ra, God of the Sun, cast his light on citrine, giving it its signature yellow colour. The Ancient Egyptians also associated citrine with Sekhment, the Goddess of War, and hence the stone became a symbol of power.
The Ancient Romans associated citrine with Apollo (God of the Sun), and the Ancient Greeks with Demeter (God of Harvest).
In Ancient China, citrine was named "the stone of success and education" as legend has it that citrine removes delusions and increases intellect. Chinese Emperors were often gifted citrine, and would wear jewellery adorned with the gemstone in order to broaden their minds and stimulate learning.
In 1556, Georg Bauer, who was named the Father of modern mineralogy, gave citrine its name, taking inspiration from the French word "citron" meaning "lemon".
During the 17th century, citrine's popularity peaked, with the Scots using the gemstone in abundance on jewellery, swords and daggers. It is said that Queen Victoria's favourite stone was citrine.
Citrine carries the powerful energies of the sun and is associated with the solar plexus chakra.
Citrine is said to increase both physical and mental stamina, and stimulate one's metabolism. It is said to a support the endocrine system and balance hormones, especially in the thyroid gland. Citrine has also been known to help with relieving skin irritation, and the healing of chronic fatigue syndrome, bladder infections and kidney conditions.
Citrine is said to open one's higher mind, helping to dispel anger, fear and negative emotions. It is known to help one to be open to joy and to boost self-esteem and self-expression, allowing creativity to flow. Citrine is said to give its owner courage and a reduced sensitivity to criticism.
Citrine opens and energises the solar plexus and naval chakras, and fills the aura with a golden light, protecting the physical and spiritual body from external energies. Citrine can be a helpful tool during meditation, helping with manifestation and the opening of doors to one's inner thoughts. In Feng Shui, it is said that placing a citrine in your house can bring you wealth and happiness.
Citrine, with its honey-like hues and powerful energies, helps to fill life with joy and prosperity.
* This is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.