Citrine is one of the many varieties of quartz crystal. Its color ranges from pale yellow to amber to brown.
Natural citrine, which tends to be a clear, pale yellow, is a relatively rare find on the market. Instead, much of the citrine crystals we see are heat-treated amethyst or smoky quartz crystals. Heat-treated citrine is darker in color than natural citrine.
Amethyst crystals change color and turn into citrine if left in the earth long enough, due to oxidation. Heat treating speeds up the process that would happen naturally during the course of many years. In nature, citrine and amethyst can sometimes be found together in the same crystal, which is then referred to as ametrine.
There is debate as to whether citrine crystals made from heat treating have the same vibrational frequency and properties as natural citrine. Even though the crystalline structure of the stone is not changed during heat treating, some people are skeptical nonetheless.
Then, some people believe that changing the color of the stone from purple to yellow changes the vibration of the stone. Therefore, they believe that the heat-treated citrine works in the same way as natural citrine. Others feel that the metaphysical benefits are the same for both but that the physical healing properties are stronger in the natural citrine crystal.
Brazil is the leading producer of citrine.
Citrine is a happy, energizing stone. It is primarily associated with the solar plexus chakra, which represents our feeling of personal power, ego, confidence, and self control. Citrine helps magnify personal power and energy, boost self esteem, and remove the fear of being judged by others.
Many people recognize citrine for is its ability to enhance success and prosperity in business and money matters. Wearing citrine jewelry or placing a citrine stone in your purse, wallet, safe, or cash register, if you have a store, will help manifest abundance. By the same token, citrine is said encourage us to perform acts of generosity.
Citrine has a hopeful vibration that can dissipate negative energy in general and is especially helpful in resolving family conflict. It can be used for dream recall and dream work.
Astrological signs associated with citrine are Aries, Gemini, Leo, and Libra.
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Citrine is said to help reverse degenerative disease, and stimulate digestion, the spleen, and the pancreas. It is thought to help remove toxins and overcome addiction. It has been used to treat kidney and bladder infections, constipation, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and eye problems. It increases blood circulation, detoxifies the blood, activates the thymus, balances the thyroid, and removes cellulite.
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