Alternate Names & Name Spellings: Success Stone, Merchant’s Stone, Citrina, Citron

Citrine is a joyful stone with bright energy which lights up many aspects of lives of those who work with it. It has energies of good fortune and good luck, though these may appear in unexpected ways.

Beautiful Citrine from We Rock Rocks  Tampa Fl

Beautiful Citrine from We Rock Rocks Tampa Fl

Natural citrine is a rare form of quartz crystal found in amethyst deposits. Many natural citrines may have started out as amethyst but heat from nearby magmatic forces caused the change to citrine.  Natural citrine’s  yellow color is due to the presence of ferric iron.

Many citrine as well as amethyst mines are near the equator, including those in Brazi, all of the Amethyst and Citrine currently for sale in our Tampa Bay Florida location is from Brazil.
Brazil map

Brazil map

Brazil Mine

Brazil Mine


Citrine was first considered a gem stone during ancient Greece’s Hellenistic Age (323-146 BC), in the first centuries AD the Romans also made use of citrine in one of their favorite jewelry styles.

Some believe citrine was the tenth stone of the twelve identified in Genesis as being in the High Priest’s breastplate. However, given the fact that all ‘precious’ stones were, at best, haphazardly identified until relatively recently, Biblical scholars may never agree on what the ‘real’ stones were.

Citrine from We Rock Rocks

Citrine from We Rock Rocks


Citrine’s historic reputation as the “success stone” or “merchant stone” — as it is supposed to attract money, especially through sales — was probably fueled by citrine’s color affinity with gold.
One myth about citrine was that if one kept a piece of citrine in a drawer, one’s wealth would accumulate.
 Citrine from We Rock Rocks  Tampa Fl

Citrine from We Rock Rocks Tampa Fl

Like so many other stones in the ancient and medieval worlds, citrine was sometimes worn as a protective talisman as well as used for medicinal purposes — it was thought to protect against plague, aid in digestion and cleanse toxins from the body.
It wasn’t until 1556 that the term “citrine” was formally used — up until that time, the stone had been known simply as yellow quartz.
A prized stone among the medieval Celts and Scots for whom it served as a protective talisman against the plague, bad skin and evil thoughts, citrine was also employed as a charm against the poisonous bite of Scotland’s one venomous snake.
Moving into the Romantic Period (c.1837-1860), citrine was increasingly used in jewelry as it became more available.
England Circa 1820

England Circa 1820

At various times throughout history, citrine has symbolized hope, youth, health, and fidelity.


Warming and energizing, citrine represents the power of the Sun, cleansing and regenerating.

Serving as a bridge between higher and lower consciousness and balancing yin/yang energy, citrine helps align one’s self-realization and personal goals, encouraging them to work together in harmony.
On the physical side, citrine acts as an antioxidant, helping counteract the effects of radiation and allergies, working on the second (sacral) and third (solar plexus) chakras.
Also used to help maintain the health of the digestive, circulatory, and urinary system, citrine works with diseases affecting the heart muscles, kidneys, liver, colon, gall bladder, and digestive organs — such as acid indigestion, poor blood circulation,.
Citrine is well known  as a success and prosperity stone to the point that it is called the “Success Stone.” It is said to promote and manifest success and abundance in all areas, and in many ways. It is particularly used to promote success in business if used in the cash box of a shop, carried or worn, earning it another nickname, “Merchant’s Stone.” In addition to manifesting abundance, citrine also brings energies of generosity so that the prosperity and success is shared.
One of the few stones that never needs cleansing, citrine doesn’t retain negative energy — it absorbs, grounds and dissipates it.
Facts and Information:
composition silicon dioxide
name source from an old French word, citron, meaning “yellow”
other accepted names citrine quartz, yellow quartz
birthstone month November
folkloric aliases “the success stone,” “the merchant stone”
color from yellow to yellow-brown, orange, dark orange-brown, or reddish-brown
color source presence of ferric iron
significant sources Brazil, Madagascar, Russia and Spain
MOH scale 7
energy  projective / yang

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