Citrine is one of our favourite gemstones here at Hunters Fine Jewellery. It is a beautiful yellow variety of quartz that ranges in colour from palest lemon to honey and butterscotch, to whisky and deep burnt orange. It may surprise you to know, however, that almost all citrine is amethyst that has been heat-treated to create the gorgeous yellow colour. Almost all citrine is mined in Brazil. The name citrine comes from the French word citron meaning lemon. It measures 7 on the Mohs scale and is suitable for all types of jewellery and indeed has been used in jewellery for centuries. Citrine is the birthstone for those born in November.

Citrine is a lovely sunny gemstone that is said to boost vitality and energy. It is sometimes called the Merchants' Stone in the belief that it has the power to improve finances and business profits. Try placing a citrine in your wallet or safe, or in the Feng Shui wealth corner of your home.

Citrine is a beautiful gemstone to feature in any type of jewellery, but worn as a pendant it is said to work in harmony with the solar plexus chakra. If your solar plexus chakra is in balance, it empowers you with a sense of identity, purpose and confidence.

Be aware that strong sunlight or heat can damage citrine by changing its colour, so be careful to protect it so it doesn't fade.

We think citrine looks particularly lovely when set in yellow gold, and also when paired with smoky quartz. It is a gemstone we will always love to wear.

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