Citrine stud earrings with 925 silver butterfly backs and stems.
Citrine is defined as “a pale yellow quartz resembling topaz.”” Amethyst and citrine are both varieties of quartz, one of the most common minerals in the Earth’s crust. The natural abundance and infinite variety of quartz have made it the most widely used of all gem minerals. In its pure form, quartz is colourless and transparent.
However the colours of citrine and amethyst are caused by chemical impurities. In the case of citrine, it is iron content that gives it its colour. Natural yellow citrine is usually pale yellow and is very rare. Most commercial citrine is made by heat-treating amethyst. In fact, heat treated citrine is sometimes referred to as “”burnt amethyst.”” Citrine rates a 7 on the hardness scale. Because the stone is heat sensitive, it should be protected from excessive exposure to heat or light.
Citrine is believed to be of value in healing the spiritual self as well, as it is a powerful cleanser and regenerator. It carries the virtues of self-healing, inspiration and self-improvement. Carrying the power of the sun, it is excellent for overcoming depression, fears and phobias. It aids those with a depressed self-esteem. One’s sense of self becomes more radiant with Citrine and it helps to look forward to the future optimistically, going with the flow, instead of hanging on to the past.
Mentally, it awakens the higher mind, expanding conscious awareness and improving clarity of thought, promoting inner calm so that wisdom may emerge. It stimulates intellect and mental activity and overcomes the difficulty one may have with verbalising thoughts and feelings. The gemstone helps in digesting information and analysing situations, steering them in the right direction, therefore helping us find solutions to our problems.
Citrine also encourages the acceptance of constructive criticism and shows you how to act on it. It provides a type of personal mind control in that it helps you steady your emotions and keep them balanced and under control. It also assists you to be spontaneous without trampling on other people in the process. Holding Citrine assists you to remain calm in the most challenging of situations. Because of this, it is a useful stone for smoothing group or family discord. It helps you listen to others rather than talking across them.