november gemstone of the month: citrine

In her monthly column, Gem + Remedy illuminates the abundance-attracting Citrine stone, one of the birthstones of November. Read on to learn more about how to harness citrine's energizing vibrations.

From now on, the best of everything is good enough for me.

—from the character Sidney Falco
in the 1957 film, The Sweet Smell of Success

The beautiful citrine has been regarded as a money and success stone for centuries. So popular is its reputation for prosperity that many business owners would keep it in their cash registers and tills, which is how it came to be known as “The Merchant’s Stone”. Feng Shui practitioners advise placing a hunk of citrine in the wealth corner of your home. How to find said corner? Stand in the entrance facing inside, locate the far left corner of the room and—whoomp, there it is!

Citrine is a type of clear, yellow quartz that ranges in hue from pale yellow to almost brown. The word citrine comes from the French word “citron”, meaning lemon, another clue that this stone is traditionally known for being yellow—not orange. The majority of citrine on the market is heat treated, which gives it a golden, orange color. Does heat treating ruin the vibration of the crystal? No. However, because the color is changed, so is the frequency of the vibration. Natural untreated citrine is pale yellow and thus a more clear and pure vibration. Heat-treated citrine is more active and intense. Because of this, people who have a chaotic or cluttered mind should choose the natural version.

“Its warming, energizing vibration stimulates blood circulation and metabolism, helping to stir up stagnant energy and help move it out of the physical body.”

Because its sparkly golden appearance is reminiscent of sunlight, citrine is said to carry the energetic and invigorating power of the sun. It doesn’t absorb energy—positive or negative—and is the only stone other than Kyanite that does not have to be cleansed.

If you’re detoxing, citrine is a great crystal to keep on you. Its warming, energizing vibration stimulates blood circulation and metabolism, helping to stir up stagnant energy and help move it out of the physical body. Whether I’m detoxing after a week of crappy eating or a particular crappy emotional experience, I like to meditate a bit while holding some citrine, then dry brush my entire body before settling into a warm bath with Epsom salts—my citrine crystals lined up on the edge of the tub. I follow this with a castor oil pack on my liver for an hour, and the next day I feel as vibrant and shiny as a ray of sunshine!

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