Citrine is one of my favorite gemstones for obvious reasons but there's more to it than a name. The energy is purely uplifting, all stones are, but natural Citrine has something incredible about it. It's said that gloom and negativity do not exist around it. Citrine will assist you with concentration and manifestation of your intentions. Citrine attracts luck, prosperity, success, wealth, abundance and encourages you to share this with others. The stone inspires creativity, promotes self-expression, and helps resolve conflicts within a group. Citrine protects your aura and cleanses your chakras. It's no wonder this stone is so widely available and sought after by many.
Citrine is golden yellow or orange-brown in color. The color range of Citrine is often imitated by heating amethyst. This variant is less potent than naturally occurring citrine. Smokey citrine is a naturally occurring combination of citrine and smokey quartz uniting the properties of both stones. Ametrine is a another naturally occurring mixture of amethyst and citrine also uniting the properties of both stones. How can you tell if your Citrine is heated? It's pretty easy to tell if you ask me! The color is just too dark of an orange or too bright of a yellow with crackles within the crystal. More than likely the 'Citrine' in your collection is an imitation. While it's not completely worthless, it's not the same energy! It bothers me that people aren't informed about this heating process of amethyst because you're not getting the full truth. When it comes to energy, that's not good energy!
Sure we can chuck it up to the seller not knowing but they should know this about their products! When you dive into gemstones you can easily buy one stone under the guise of another. It happened to me a few times when first getting into crystals and gemstone beads. For example I was once sold a strand of Yellow Calcite marked as Citrine but quickly realized the hardness of the beads were not at quartz levels. SMH WHY? Natural Citrine is not hard to find when you're really looking for it.
So how can you tell if your stone is actually Citrine, not heated, or some other yellow stone?
Experience! First off - Know that any rock shop selling Citrine is often selling Heated Citrine not Natural Citrine, especially if their labels don't clearly indicate 'heated' or 'natural'. Don't be afraid to ask staff. If they don't know, take that as a good indication they've got no idea about this phenomenon and are likely selling Heated Citrine.
Coloration is the most obvious indication of heated or natural Citrine. Coloration is the first identification of its authenticity. Heated Citrine is a deeply saturated vibrant yellow often next to clear and/or white quartz. Heated Citrine is also Bright Orange to Deep Orange in hue. If the base of the crystal is white, it's likely heated Amethyst. There is some times a crackled texture within the crystal as well. Certain types of crackles within the crystal are indications of heat treatment. *Please note that color is not always fool proof. I've been collecting Citrine for several years and some of my African Citrine are almost as Orange as heated Citrine but not modified in any way. The color differentiation is subtle but you can still tell between the two!*
Crystal Formation is another indication of natural verses heated Citrine. I've yet to see a Citrine Geode. Sure you'll see a cascade formation or even a small cluster but a geode? Never. If you see a crystal labeled as Citrine but it's part of a geode, I can almost guarantee that's a heat treated Amethyst! Most Citrine in my collection are single points or chunks.
Locality is a huge topic the gem world is tackling right now. Does the shop you're purchasing from know what country, region, or continent your Citrine is from? My personal collection of Citrine is sourced from different localities in Africa. Not all places produce Citrine from their regional mines. If they don't know where their Citrine is from I'd bet it's heated more often than not.
Elements within Citrine and Amethyst are slightly different. Both Citrine and Amethyst are Quartz varieties. What gives them their color are slightly different mineral compositions. Citrine features Iron within the mix. Amethyst features Iron and Aluminum. Amethyst is also purple from natural or applied irradiation. Heating amethyst, turning it orange or yellow doesn't ruin the stone but it is obviously different and still is amethyst deep down. Crystals are used to incredible geothermal temperatures. The heating process added to the stone definitely creates a different vibration and energy within the stone. I mean, you're turning a purple stone into its opposite color! Amethyst and Natural Citrine also have different healing properties. Heated Citrine is not the same as Natural Citrine when you get into the chemistry of it all.
Can you spot the heated Citrine?
The heated Citrine is farthest left with white on the bottom. This piece of Citrine I was given as a little girl the first time I panned for gems in North Carolina. I am fairly certain its country of origin is Brazil. This crystal the reason I call myself Citrine. BUT As you can see the color of the three other Citrine sourced from Tanzania are similar in color and one is even more orange than the heated Citrine. This is why I say experience is most important when identifying Heated Citrine. It's also important to source Citrine, or any crystal really, from a trusted source.
Imitation Citrine is widely available and probably most common. Heated Citrine doesn't have the same energy of Natural Citrine, but it has its own properties. While I don't prefer heated Citrine, it's pretty incredible that a purple stone can be heated into its complementary (opposite) color on the color wheel. It's impossible when mixing paint pigments to turn purple into yellow and vice versa. This is a mysterious process of its own. Pretty interesting don't you think?
Every year we reach January and it's time to play with Garnet varieties again. I can't say I'm surprised to feel their energy quite potently already. After reviewing the crystal reading for Grossular and Spessartine garnets - just two of many varieties of garnets - I gathered a mixture of gemstones and jewelry to play with. Listen to the crystal reading above for more reference on why I selected the items and crystals for this energy tapping cocktail! Lets get into the nitty gritty of it!
From top to bottom the items in the photograph are a Spessartine Garnet, Copper Electro-Formed Faceted Moldavite Ring, Hessonite Garnet, Grossular Garnet Bracelet, Moldavite, Spessartine Garnet Ring, and a Carnelian Heart. I conjured these items after listening back to the crystal reading from The Book of Stones about Grossular and Spessartine Garnets. What do you know after cleansing these items and placing them together I received a clear indication on what to do to make a couple sales. They say garnets are quite the attractors of abundance and prosperity and this is a FACT if you're tapped in. So what exactly happened?
I smoke cleansed these items and played with them first. Stacking the items together, arranging them, and even photographing different compositions. Then the next day after letting the items get acquainted, I put all the jewelry on. What do you know inspiration struck, I put the inspiration to action, manifested the idea. I listed those two creations on my website, shared the links and I woke up to not only one sale but two! And a custom order as well... This is a clear indication that the attractive, prosperous, abundant energies of garnets are REAL! There is no denying the actions I took are directly linked to what manifested.
Are you playing with garnets this month? If so, what varieties? I never skip out on the moldavite when putting together an energy cocktail. I want to concoct another garnet mixture to see what new energies come to light. Perhaps I'll get the Andradite out as well as my rainbow garnet specimen. Ohhh and a rutilated quartz point would be another potent crystal to add into this next wave of energy..
I highly recommend adding as many garnet varieties to your collection as possible. Contact me directly for custom crystal kits if you're looking to build a similar set of jewelry and gemstones like what I just featured in this post. <3
I've been working with Dravite -- Brown Tourmaline since reading about it's healing properties in The Book of Stones. Dravite invites us into our shadow so we can heal old wounds and even discover hidden talents that might have been rejected too soon. It's like a heart filled healing of your past. The color is striking. These gems look a lot like black tourmaline but upon closer inspection you notice a deep transparency of brown. When the sun shines through or you shine a bright, direct light through them, you'll notice a distinct brownish tone illuminate.
It was not simple to source Dravite crystals although what I did find were available on Etsy! After a refined combing through search results I was able to source rough beads as well as collectable pieces. Some I might electro-form with copper. The crystal shape is distinct and often doubly terminated or a complete crystal. There is a texture on some surfaces indicative of their source materials. Other pieces still hold part of their matrix. Dravite appear different from other varieties of tourmaline formations in that they are mostly short and thick nodules displaying geometric plains.
Before working with these new gems I bathed them in sage / lavender smoke to cleanse their energy. Next I placed them into a hand made ceramic bowl with freshly cracked salt, warm water, Michigan grown lavender flowers and jasmine leaves. After letting the beads and gems soak in the cleansing energy, I dried them off and sorted through them. To explore the energies of Dravite, I made myself a ring and a bracelet to wear. I've also been crystal gazing into the specimen in my collection. One thing I've noticed is I've felt more relaxed around my family. And it feels like I've been able to forgive myself and others for happenings of the past in general. It's never a bad idea to work on healing old emotional wounds or traumas. It's very personal work that often happens in silence but it is the most rewarding because your soul is set free. The weight on your back and shoulders eases. Life feels lighter.
I've noticed specific dreams about class mates from the past or places that feel familiar. Most recently I had a dream about a small gathering of friends from k-12 schooling. There were a room full of smiles and laughter. I've had a few other interesting dream visions. It's been good vibes and over all I feel more at ease about who I am, where I've been, and where I'm going. I feel rooted in my body and my heart is cutting old ties.
Jewelry and crystal kits featuring Dravite will soon be available on Citrine Tangerine as well as Smokey Citrine. The full crystal reading for Tourmaline is available here. There are a plethora of tourmaline varieties featured in The Book of Stones, some I did not include in the crystal reading series.
Cleaning your crystals is more than just wiping the surfaces of your gems. Physically cleaning your crystals is a part of the cleansing process though. It's also important to energetically cleanse these miraculous formations too! Our crystals hold energy and need to be cared for especially when we are utilizing their inherent powers.
People ask us all the time: How do you cleanse your crystals? There is no one answer. You can cleanse your crystals many ways. We've heard of a few different methods and practice a few different cleansing activities ourselves. Your connection with your gems is a very personal one and there for you should approach your cleansing rituals with personal flair! Here are a few ideas of ways you can cleanse your crystals!
Cleanse with Water: Water is a great way to wash your crystals. You can simply run water over the surface of your gems and affirm they are cleansed or you can take it to another level. Gather a bowl, it can be any kind of bowl. Perhaps you prefer glass or ceramic. Maybe you want it to be hand made. The intentions behind your selections can make a huge difference. fill your bowl with water. Again you can level you water game up by using Moon Water or special water that you charge with different energy. Place your gems in this bowl one at a time or all together. The choice is yours. You can also infuse your water with salt or herbs.
Cleanse with Herbs: You can place your crystals in a bowl or plate and surround them with fresh or dried herbs, flowers, or foliage. Dive into the properties of each kind of plant your place your gems with. You might be surprised the healing properties of plants, herbs, and flowers!
Cleanse with Light: Some people like to give their gemstones a soak in the sun or moon light for cleansing and charging abilities. Place your gemstones in a window or on your porch / patio to cleanse them. The sun and the moon will assist you in cleansing the energies within them and give them a good boost of energy too! You can sit with your crystals basking in the same light, soaking in the same solar energies for an extra boost.
Cleanse with Smoke: Smoke baths are our favorite way to cleanse crystals! It's just a beautiful sight! Light some sage or any other herb that speaks to you and hold your gemstones one by one over the flowing smoke. Again affirm their cleansing.
A big part of cleansing your crystals is affirmations. You can meditatively affirm their cleansing or audibly affirm their cleansing. You can do both. The point is to cleanse your mind as well as the crystal energy so your auras are cleared of debris as well. This way you are in sync with your gemstones and can readily set new intentions with the assistance of your crystals. Like mentioned before there are no rules necessarily to this cleansing process and we like to recommend that you create you own cleansing process. You can mix any of these practices together. You can do them all together or switch between which cleansing process you like. Maybe one works well for you and maybe others not so much. We are all unique and evolving constantly so perhaps you want to change your practice over time.
How often do you cleanse crystals? That's also up to you! We'd recommend it during full and/or new moons, seasonal changes, life changes, or when you get the urge to do so. If you have a day that you clean your home, it's never bad to give your crystals a quick cleanse at those times as well. Cleaning is a great practice and should be put to use routinely. Find your cycles and flow with it.
What are your favorite ways to cleanse your crystals?
and I don't mean a beverage! It's a blue and gray stone that often also features a spectrum of other colorful hues! This stone is known to stimulate and enhance our human minds! If you're looking to dive deep into yourself or meditate on something deeply, this stone will enhance your creativity, intuition, observation skills, and your power of analysis. That being said this stone is great for study, efficiency, organization, structure for research and any other avocation. This is stone of perseverance.
Sodalite assists those who consult and work through oracles, numerology, tarot, and astrology. This energy is manifested through synthesis of thought. It's known to reveal or highlight patterns, symbols, paradox and contradiction. If you're intuitive, Sodalite assists you in connecting with and understanding the personalities of people around you.
This stone brings to light your intuition and because of that you can trust more of those situations you, 'have a feeling' about. This energy brings on a similar boost into your confidence by relieving any thoughts of self judgement. This stone will enhance your self confidence. Perhaps you'll stop second guessing yourself as much or at all with the assistance of this stone. It can also be used to recall and identify wounds from your past so you can heal and grow past that pain. It can also help your ability to speak and connect with others, when no words can be said.
Sodalite's energy helps you stay in the present moment without anxiety of the future or concerns from the past. It assists you in applying the knowledge and wisdom you've learned from all your life's experiences. That way you can most effectively handle any situation at any given time. It's known to alleviate pressure and worries. It also allows you to sink deeply into the subconscious or unconscious mind. It may also help you remember dreams.
Sodalite Crystal reading
About the Author
Megan LaCroix also known as Citrine is the daughter of a Navy Veteran. She’s lived all over the US but has roots in Michigan where her family is from. Spending summers in Northern Michigan exploring nature inspired her to create art work starting with jewelry and photography. She’d spend hours looking for rocks and creating assorted beaded jewelry with her sisters. In 2014 She graduated from University of Michigan School of Art & Design with a BFA then moved to Detroit where she is currently living and working. She is a multi-media artist with ever expanding skills but is best known for her jewelry, screen printing, photography, and paintings. Detroit Graffiti has a significant influence on her painting and drawing style. She’s participated in ArtPrize 2015 & 2021 and currently has a studio in the Village Arts Factory of Canton, MI.