Citrine, November's birthstone, is frequently referred to as "the gemstone of achievement," and unfortunately suffers from a case of mistaken identity that keeps gemstone fans from appreciating its splendor. Ranging in color from a light yellow to a golden brown, natural Citrine is a quartz crystal. When cut into a gemstone, Citrine is virtually impossible to tell visually from the more valuable Yellow Topaz.Unfortunately, this identity problem has led dishonest gem dealers to switch out the cheaper Citrine for Yellow Topaz, which is usually only discovered when the consumer resells the gem.
Commercial grade Citrine is produced by heat treating Amethyst or Smoky Quartz crystals in order to activate ferric impurities that give Citrine its golden-yellow color. Under this production method, Citrine tends to have a more orange or reddish cast than natural occurring Citrines, which are usually a paler yellow color. The largest producer of gem-grade Citrine is Brazil. Citrine is one of three traditional birthstones for the month of November.
Known as the "gemstone of achievement," Citrine promotes an abundance of prosperity and wealth. Citrine is also referred to as the "merchant's gemstone" because merchants in ages past believed that placing a Citrine gemstone in their cash registers would aid in bringing in more. Citrine purportedly also brings success in other unanticipated ways. Citrine is also thought to encourage kindness by guiding those who profit from its powers to spread their wealth with others.
By wearing Citrine, it is thought that your confidence, mental clarity, and will power can be enhanced. For these reasons, practitioners of New Age healing arts often recommend Citrine crystals for people who suffer from low self-esteem or even depression. Citrine is thought to deflect and dissipate all kinds of negative energies, generating stability in thought and emotion. Citrine is also rumored to foster happiness and good cheer, and reduce self-destructive tendencies and self-doubt.
Healers also prescribe Citrine to benefit the digestive system, the endocrine system and the immune system. Another benefit to Citrine, is that it aids in eliminating toxins from the body and helps in conquering various addictions and bad habits. Citrine, whether chosen for its beauty or so-called physical and psychic benefits, brings a sparkle of good fortune to its wearers.