Crystal Closeup: Citrine

Citrine is a rare crystal that ranges in color from pale yellow to a yellow-olive. Its name comes from ‘citron,’ the French word for ‘yellow.’ Citrine is a type of quartz and also often occurs with smokey quartz; smoky citrine and citrine with smoky phantoms are naturally occurring. Natural citrine gets its color from hydrous iron oxide and is one of the few naturally occurring yellow crystals. After amethyst, citrine is one of the most popular crystals in the world.

Ametrine is a different, relatively new discovery, found in the Anahi Mine in Bolivia. Ametrine is essentially part citrine and part amethyst, hence the portmanteau. Ametrine is formed due to a partial-heat exposure to the amethyst that creates the yellow color, and, because of this, ametrine does not have the iron inclusion of natural citrine. I went to a gem show and found someone selling Bolivian Ametrine from that very mine and he confirmed that the crystal is formed naturally through heat that occurs under ground. For ametrine I advise using the metaphysical properties of amethyst with a yellow boost.

You can’t talk about citrine without discussing heat treated amethyst. It’s such a pet peeve of mine that my friend regularly holds it up in crystal shops and waits for me to roll my eyes. It bothers me because the properties of amethyst and citrine are not similar, let alone interchangeable. That means when you accidentally use heat treated amethyst in the place of citrine, you think you’re working with citrine, and you’re not. Additionally, the healing properties of amethyst are compromised by the treatment process. The process is so simple that you can do it in your home oven, though I do not recommend it at all. Here you can see my photo, taken last December, showing a natural citrine point (top/right) in comparison to a heat treated amethyst cluster being sold as citrine (bottom/left). Fake citrine is one of my crystal pet peeves, maybe my top crystal peeve.

Real citrine is much more expensive than fake citrine, so keep that in mind when you’re shopping. Also, real citrine never appears in that dark, amber color, or on a matrix similar to amethyst. Fake citrine tumble stones are incredibly common; they are a combination of white and this honey amber color always. Hibiscus Moon has a great post about this issue and goes into the science of how it works, so if you’re interested in learning more, check out her article here.

Below is a breakdown of some of the important information about citrine, which you can copy into your grimoire, and some suggested magickal activities.

Crystal: Citrine

Astrology: Aries, Cancer, Gemini, Leo, Libra, and Scorpio

Element: Fire

Family: Quartz, Silicates, Tectosilicates

Mohs: 7

Magickal Uses: Abundance, Guidance

Metaphysical Properties: Citrine is one of the only crystals on Earth that does not accumulate negative energy (the other is kyanite); because of this citrine never needs to be cleansed. Citrine is commonly referred to as the “merchant’s stone,” and is used to both acquire and maintain wealth. It is used to cultivate optimism and attract positivity while dissipating fear. Citrine also assists with intellectual pursuits and education, and it is the stone of teachers, as well as those in business. Additionally, citrine is helpful for sorting out issues within a family, regardless of the need for healing or a split, citrine provides the needed energy. Citrine also assists with energy, luck, self-improvement, and willpower. It is used to cleanse the aura and balance the chakras, resonating particularly with the crown and solar plexus chakras, and is associated with solar magick.

Suggested Activities: Citrine points can be charged and kept in the home or office for prosperity magick. They can also be used to create a prosperity crystal grid along with aventurine, pyrite, or pyrite included quartz. Tumbled natural citrine is not commonly found, but if you do find some they can be added to your pocket rock rotation. Because the tumbled stones are fairly rare, it’s advisable not to carry them with other stones because they can be damaged or cause damage to softer rocks. Tumbled citrine or citrine jewelry can be worn when dealing with difficult family issues or difficult family members. Before seeing them, set the intention while holding the stone and charge under a full moon if possible. Citrine can be moon charged and kept in a reading area, study area, or on a desk where you study, work, or pay bills. Citrine should not need cleansing, so it’s ideal for grids and use at work. However, if the citrine is combined with smoky quartz (smoky citrine), cleansing is advised. Do not keep citrine in bright sunlight (ie: a windowsill) as it may fade.


“Citrine” in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences
“Citrine” Love is in the Earth by Melody
“Citrine” in Rock and Gem by Ronald Bonewitz
“Citrine” at (excellent variety of example photos)
“Citrine Gemstone Information” on Gemselect
“Citrine Meaning and Uses” at Crystal Vaults

Image Credit

Stock image by fwstudio via Pexels
All other image by me

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