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citrine crystal


Citrine, a variety of quartz, ranges from pale translucent yellow to dark orange or deep amber. Citrine and amethyst can be found in the same crystal - known as 'ametrine'. Citrine quartz is also known as 'topaz' or citrine topaz.

Citrine quartz, which can also be found as gem quality, has been used to make hand knapped blades and arrowheads as well as being used as an early form of protective talisman. Citrine crystals have also been uncovered at prehistoric sites around the world.

Citrine crystal can seem to take on the colors of the sun and appear to bring those colors with them to Earth. For the Celts and the Greeks citrine was the crystallized embodiment of sunlight. Across the ancient world citrine was known as the stone of success, the merchant's stone.

Because of its golden hue and its rarity citrine was associated with gold and was said to attract 'wealth'. Natural citrine is rare and is considered by many as the most valuable quartz gem. Its crystal form is hexagonal, and commonly appears as a cluster of pyramids growing from a geode base. Most commonly from Brazil, citrine is also found in the Ural Mountains, France and Madagascar.

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