Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
It’s said that Citrine was one of the twelve stones in Aaron’s breastplate (Exodus 28:17-21). Of course, since there are no photos from that era and some stones have had their names changed, we can’t really know for sure.
But it makes a good story and shows the importance of gemstones even early in man’s history.
As best as anyone can tell, the origin of the word Citrine is from either the old French word for yellow or the Latin word citron, which is one of four original citrus fruits.
Appearing in translucent colors from pale yellow to dark gold, Citrine is found in Brazil, Bolivia, and parts of the Soviet Union, to name a few. It’s a member of the quartz family and can be an alternative birthstone for those with November birthdays. (The other choice, Topaz, is rarer and therefore, more costly.)
Known as the “Merchant’s Stone” or “Success Stone,” Citrine is said to boost sales. Tuck a piece into the cash box or carry one in your pocket and attract the optimism of sunshine.
Citrine energizes the solar plexus chakra, promoting peace in group settings, whether family or work. It increases self-esteem and energy while attracting opportunity.
Healers use Citrine to help with digestion, relieve depression, and promote clear thinking. It’s a cheerful, hope-filled stone, sucking away negative energies and boosting self-confidence.
Unlike many healing stones, Citrine never needs cleansing.
Citrine is popular in pendants, earrings, and rings, as rather large and flawless pieces can be readily found. Wear it touching the skin for best results.