In ancient times, people carried this stone to protect them against snake venom and to ward off evil thoughts.
Citrine’s appearance in jewelry is rather recent, beginning only in the 19thcentury. It is one of the more affordable stones that is available in earth tones, and has therefore become a popular choice for jewelry.
Citrine is a variety of quartz that ranges from yellow to red-orange to brown in colour.
Although quartz is the second most abundant mineral on earth, naturally occurring citrine is rather rare. Most citrine available on the market today is heat treated amethyst or smoky quartz. Some of the heat treated material can change colour over time if left out in bright sunlight therefore it is best to store this stone away from light when not being worn.
Citrine is sometimes misleadingly called topaz or quartz topaz. Topaz is a completely different mineral that has a higher value than citrine.
There is a lot of citrine available on the market, which makes it a rather inexpensive gemstone. It is also available in large sizes.
Citrine is the birthstone for those born in November.