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. In nature, the color of Citrine, a quartz crystal, ranges from pale yellow to brown. After Citrine is faceted into a gemstone, it is practically impossible to distinguish it 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. Citrines produced in this way tend to have more of a reddish or orange cast than natural Citrines, which are usually pale yellow. Brazil produces most of the world's gem-grade Citrine. Citrine is one of three traditional birthstones for the month of November.
Over the centuries, Citrine acquired a reputation as a "success stone" that promotes prosperity and abundance. It's sometimes nicknamed "merchant's stone" because superstitious merchants of times past put Citrine in their cashboxes to bring in money. However, Citrine supposedly also brings about success in unexpected ways. Citrine is also thought to encourage kindness by guiding those who profit from its powers to spread their wealth with others.
Citrine also is thought to enhance mental clarity, confidence. and will power. 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.
Citrine crystals are also commonly prescribed by healers to aid in digestion and also boost the immune and endocrine systems. It's believed to play a role in eliminating toxins from the body and in overcoming various addictions. Whether chosen for its gleaming beauty or alleged psychic benefits, Citrine brings a sunny gleam and good fortune to its wearers.