Citrine has been advocated by various groups over time for a variety of alleged powers and benefits.
For instance, it’s known as the ‘success stone’ by those who believe in its ability to promote prosperity and abundance, especially in business, where it’s also earned the nickname the ‘merchant’s stone’.
Said to radiate positive energy, citrine is worn next to the skin by people who credit it with healing properties – particularly in the case of stomach disorders.
On an emotional and spiritual level, others avow its ability to inspire optimism, generosity and enlightenment.
A rare form of crystal
Naturally occurring citrine quartz crystal is extremely rare. Of translucent tawny appearance, it’s known to have been prized in jewellery since the time of ancient Greece.
Because of its scarcity, most citrine available today is actually processed amethyst. Under heat treatment, its purple hues turn to citrine’s characteristic yellow and gold.
Strongly associated with Virgo, and seen as an alternative birthstone for November, citrine also enjoys the unusual quality of being regarded as the most appropriate gemstone for a 13th wedding anniversary!
A small piece of this fascinating gemstone has been incorporated into the latest addition to the 2017 Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series.
Struck from 1 kilo of 99.99% pure silver, this spectacular Gemstone Edition holds special relevance to people born in the Year of the Rooster.
Extending its undoubted appeal, the rooster’s left eye incorporates a yellow citrine – which is also significant in China where it is regarded as a stone of wisdom!