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- Citrine is a name given to yellow colored quartz.
- Its chemical composition is SIO2, has a MOHS scale hardness of 6.5 - 7, and has a trigonal crystal system.
- Citrine grows in siliceous volcanics and sometimes quartz veins.
- Most citirines (especially natural) are pale yellow in color, but can also achieve yellow-orange, yellow, or yellow-green colors.
- The color is mostly caused by aluminum and lithium.
- In order for citrine to achieve its color, it needs additional heat from nearby magmatic bodies.
- Citrine is known to grow with smoky quartz and amethyst.
- Natural citrine is rare.
- Brazil is a major source for citrine.
- Most of citrines sold in the market are actually heat treated amethyst.
- Citrine is the birthstone of November, sharing the month with Topaz. It is also an official gemstone used to celebrate 13th wedding anniversaries.
- The origin of citrine's name comes from the word citrina or French word citron, meaning "lemon".
- Metaphysically, citrine is called the merchant stone. It’s described as a success stone and bring good fortune to businesses.
- It also promotes prosperity, abundance, and dissipates negative energy. It generates stability in life, good for general protection, and helps relieve self-doubt, depression, anger, and irrational mood swings.