|True citrine nugget strand|
|The Truth about Citrine|
|Many of you have seen the "citrine controversy" at the Forums for
Cloudbusters. You may have read our post to a thread called
"Citrine?" explaining the difference between genuine citrine and
the mineral loosely, and commonly referred to as "citrine". It is
easy to be confused by mineral vendors, as many do not distinguish
or even know there is a distinction.
I found a website in which one vendor was bragging about
how she has the REAL citrine, and not the one that was heated
by artificial means. Turns out she has the burnt amethyst that was
heated naturally. Either way this is a mineral that contains manganese,
which, when heated becomes yellow to dark orange.
either by natural causes or artificially, with the same results.
So beware of vendors that say this, as they may be oblivious
of the other type.
|True citrine is colored organically in nature by hydrocarbons. The
color is usually a pale "beer" color. There have been some more
brightly colored specimens found, but these would be museum
specimens and not generally available, as well as extremely expensive.
Even the more obtainable, paler colored varieties are elusive,
a bit expensive, and quite difficult to obtain. Many websites refer to
"real" citrine as just the amethyst that was heated by natural means.
This is NOT the type of citrine we Hooten's are referring to when we
recommend the use of any citrine. This is not to say that we consider
the burnt type "bad"......it is simply of no interest to us because it
does not have the purifying qualities of the true citrine.
A quote from Melody's book, "Love is in the Earth" page 209:
"It is one of the two minerals on the planet which does not hold and
accumulate negative energy, [the other being kayanite, BTW]...
but dissipates and transmutes it, working out problems on both
the physical and subtle levels. It, hence, never needs clearing
It has, for centuries, been touted as the merchant's stone because
it is said to bring wealth and prosperity. It is also said to be healing,
as well as protective.
|That is not to say that burnt "citrine" is actually a "bad" thing.
We don't use it, and see no need for it, but cannot say that
it would be detrimental to use. In a Hooten cloudbuster, however,
the organically colored, true citrine IS a necessity for its
I have photographed some of our personal specimens as well
as pulled some good examples from the web to help those
curious to learn how to recognize the different citrines
The three photos at the very top of this page are good examples
of true citrine.
Mark has informed me, as well, that there is a type of quartz
referred to as "citrine" that is colored with iron,and also
sometimes colored by heating. I am providing
photos of some examples of these as well. These are also not
organically colored, BTW, so I apologize for any confusion from
the original info I posted to this page earlier.
|The line-up above, left shows some good examples of citrine smokeys, the true
variety. The photo at right shows three citrines and a clear sample. Some citrine,
such as the small dodeca, appear perfectly clear until held next to a truly clear
The photos below are good examples of the burnt amethyst "citrine". The two
at the very bottom are examples of the type colored with iron, which sometimes
makes a greenish tinge. I believe the smokey points I used as an example
previously are actually the iron-colored variety. (pictured below)
Sorry, did not mean to mislead.
|Heat treated variety
|Heat treated variety
|Heat treated variety of "citrine"|
|Iron-colored varieties of "citrine"|