A Writers Guide to Citrine



Citrine is a variety of quartz. The color ranges from a pale yellow to brown. Natural citrines are rare. Most commercial citrines are heat-treated amethysts or smoky quartzes, which produces small lines in the crystal. Natural citrine has a cloudy or smoky appearance. “Ox Blood” or “Madeira” citrine is a dark, intensely saturated orangey-yellow.

The name is derived from the Old French word citrin meaning “lemon-colored”, which is from the medieval Latin citrinus, which in turn is from the Latin citrus meaning “citron tree.”

History and Lore

  • Known as the “merchant’s stone” or “money stone” as it’s supposed to bring prosperity to the owner if they wear it or place it in the cash box. It can also be placed in the farthest, left corner of the home from the front door (looking in), or in one’s individual room.
  • Ancient cultures believed putting citrine on an elder’s forehead increased his or her psychic powers.
  • Soldiers in Caesar’s army wore citrine on their armor believing it to have life-saving properties.


Ametrine (also known as trystine and bolivianite) is crystal comprised of both citrine and amethyst. It’s found mostly in Bolivia.

Magical and Mystical Properties include

  • aiding in digestion
  • removing toxins from the body
  • reducing nightmares
  • promoting restful sleep
  • relieving depression
  • bringing joy
  • increasing energy
  • bringing prosperity
  • increasing self esteem
  • increasing confidence
  • protection from negative energy
  • disbursing negative energy
  • opening the mind
  • enhancing clarity
  • increasing psychic powers
  • promoting clarity
  • disbursing ghostly energies

Discharging & Recharging

Citrine does not need to be discharged or recharged. It doesn’t hold onto negative energy, and it produces positive energy naturally. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)

This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.

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  1. How interesting. Ametrine is really pretty. I do love hearing the folk tale beliefs about stones.

  2. I didn't know that natural citrines were so rare. I wonder if the manufactured ones bring money, or if it has to be natural. 😉

  3. The mystic around crystals has always fascinated me. I didn't know about this one, but it sure is able to to do a lot for a person. I may have to invest in one of them and see what happens when I wear it or keep it nearby. I'm focusing on the potential for a more open mind. 🙂

  4. Hi Holly – I didn't know that natural citrines were so rare … but I love their colour … while the Ametrine is very pretty … love the lore though – cheers Hilary

  5. Wow, it's so pretty. Very cool.

  6. I believe this is my birthstone. I had no idea it was so rare. I'm sure all mine are fakes. I wonder how one figures out they have a real stone (I did see the thing about the cracks, but I don't see any in my birthstone.)

  7. Lovely stone. I always learn such interesting things when I stop by here. Thanks!

  8. This is interesting, thanks for sharing it. I'm doing a class on Friday for my grandson's homeschool co-op and the topic is rocks. This info will come in handy.

    Hope things are going well with you and your family. Take care!

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