Used during the Middle Ages to treat people whose energy and moods become depressed during the long winter months, or during a long spell of rainy, overcast weather. Citrine energizes, and invigorates, promotes warmth, comfort, and energy. It came into favor in the Romantic period when craftspeople began using it to accentuate warm gold hues in jewelry and sculpting. However, it was used as jewelry long before that, perhaps as far back as the early Romans who wore it in a simple way – polished but uncut.
According to Chinese legends and myth citrines are such powerful stones they should only be given to generous people. It is not recommended for those with a fiery, quick-tempered nature, and should be avoided by people with a tendency to slander or gossip. During the Art Deco period between World Wars I and II, large citrines were set in many prized pieces, including the massive and elaborate Art Deco inspired jewelry pieces made for big Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford.
Citrine is known as the lucky “Merchants Stone,” not only because it attracts wealth, but also because it boosts self-esteem and increases your focus making it more likely you’ll be successful at completing your tasks. Citrine is believed to help the heart, kidney, digestive tract, liver and muscles. It promotes creativity, helps personal clarity and eliminates self-destructive tendencies. Citrine is closely related to amethyst, being a yellow quartz form of the purple quartz. Citrine occurs in nature more rarely so it’s often produced by heating amethyst until it turns citrine’s signature yellow hue.
Citrine is the birthstone of November and the gemstone of Sagittarius. It is also the Planetary stone for the Sun Sign of Virgo and the accepted gem for the 13th and 17th wedding anniversary.