Everything you need to know about Natural Citrine Quartz.
Citrine is the yellow variety of quartz (silicon dioxide, ) family. The colouring is caused by iron. Natural citrine crystals are rare. It is a Hexagonal-R; 32 (trigonal-trapezohedral). Macroscopic crystals like citrine occur as horizontally striated hexagonal prisms terminated by a combination of positive and negative rhombohedrons forming six sided pyramids. It has a hardness of 7 on the MOHs scale. Natural citrine ranges from a light-pale yellow, yellow, smoky-yellow and golden brown. Natural citrine is an incredibly rare form of Quartz and are usually found in siliceous volcanics, which occur as macroscopic crystals. They also appear as druzy coverings inside of agate lined amygdaloidal cavities or vugs, often forming the geodes that are well known today.
Citrine gemstone is mainly found in Brazil, Bolivia and Congo. Citrine is often called "Lemon Quartz", Ametrine, Smoky Citrine or Yellow Quartz.
Natural Citrine is often faked, heated or miss-sold, here are some easy ways to spot them;
- In the photo above, this is a heated amethyst. Most of the time when citrine is either red, orange, bright yellow it has been heated at a high temperature to burn the natural amethyst cluster
- The best way to tell a fake or heated citrine is how much ratio of white and vibrant colour is showing
- Some sellers have sold smoky quartz as citrine as they are very close in resemblance. Smoky citrine has a golden hue, it is not completely brown like smoky quartz, usually if this happens its because it has been heat treated from a smoky quartz
- Citrine can in fact grow with amethyst known as Ametrine, which has become quite rare on the market, it is not a semi precious price range.
Natural Citrine combines best with:
- Amethyst: They will enhance the properties of one an other, they are both amplifiers and attract positive vibrations, disbursing negativity
- Hematite: Enhances abundance, finances and business growth
- Carnelian: Amplifies vitality, positive vibrations, willpower and keep your confidence and motivation to finish your goals and tasks effectively
- Green Aventurine: If you are one to struggle with grounding, combining both citrine and green aventurine will centre you to the earth. Heightens abundance and full-filling your true potential
- Element: Fire
- Zodiac Sign: Aries, Gemini, Libra & Leo
- Birth month: November
Citrine’s name is derived from the French word citron, meaning lemon due to its colour. Citrine has long been remarked upon for its subtle, honeyed beauty. Though the stone has an abundant history of being used in jewellery by ancient civilizations, Citrine is actually very rare today. Most Citrine seen on the market is actually Amethyst that has been heat treated to achieve a yellow hue.
Real Citrine was used in the jewellery of Greek and Roman civilizations dating back to the 1st century A.D. Citrine was also featured in the flamingo brooch of the Duchess of Windsor and in the Bulgari Cerchi earrings.
Natural citrine is a power manifestation and meditation tool. If you are trying to manifest or increase your abundance in life, then citrine is your friend to call on. If you leave citrine in your office, till, or purse it will manifest to bring forward success to your wallet or business. Whilst citrine is attracting all this amazing energy, it will block out any negative energies trying to come in, especially jealousy, evil eye or ill-wishing vibrations. Stimulates the crown chakra and solar plexus, citrine works with us on a physical and spiritual dimension. It emits positive vibes only and can support the empathic and sensitive beings.
Citrine will push through blockages situated in the solar plexus chakra and show you how to transmute that energy into positive, flowing chi. Citrine is also a crystal of protection and it is a great energy to keep within your aura field daily. It is known as the Good luck crystal and makes an excellent talisman. A charm with love, work on manifesting your desired parter with citrine to bring in your ideal relationship. Citrine makes a wonderful gift and alter addition to your crystal collection.
Citrine assists us through emotional stress and hard times. It transmutes our lows into highs and allows us to see the best in all situations. It encourages us to be more optimistic and see opportunities and possible paths from a new perspective. Although citrine helps our empathic hearts it helps us reduce sensitivity to criticism, but knows when to deflect the energy from jealous or hatred projections. Sometimes it is difficult to let go of the past, citrine will support you to let go of things that no longer serve you. It gives us the confidence to move forward and to attract more positive outcomes for our future. In times of stress, meditate or carry citrine with you as its soothing and joyful vibrations will allow our frequency to calm back to our natural state.
Citrine works on our metabolic and digestive system, crystals work dimensionally, meaning that citrine will bring to light the physical, emotional and spiritual blockages to help you remove the dis-ease happening in your body to bring the correct alignment and healing to your energy system. It can also help relieve painful symptoms of PMS, like hot flashes, menstrual cramps, mood swings, bloating, and craving for unhealthy food. It can also help alleviate feelings of fatigue. Citrine is often used as an elixir for skin, hair, nails and allergies, best used unpolished.
If you are a creative person, citrine is best placed nearby your work space or creative space, it enhances our creativity and allows our mind to expand further with our imagination.
We have two suppliers for our natural citrine, one from Congo and the other in Brazil. We supply both Congo and Brazilian citrine. We no longer stock heated or enhanced citrine, only natural material. A lot of our quartz in brazil is found in Minas Gerais. Small scale miners from a small family run business which means an extremely low impact on the environment and all workers are paid fairly. Our team over in South Africa travel to Congo to extract the most beautiful quality of golden citrine.
Lwena material has always been a challenging crystal to mine. Firstly the miners are trained to be careful when extracting the material. Only an absolutely small amount of material comes 100% intact whilst holding the ethical background and safety measures. A decade worth of practice, perfecting the extraction of Lwena citrine, it has been challenging to provide less damage to the specimens. All miners that we work with have been trained how to protect and care for themselves when mining in difficult deposits, they are industry experienced and there is always a geologist who checks the deposits before operation begins.
None of our suppliers work with children under-age. It is illegal in most countries now to mine with children, the businesses we work with comply and are registered under the Ethical sourcing conduct.