These are citrine rocks or gems. We found ours at the Hiddenite Gem Mine in Hiddenite, NC. When we visited the rock museum in Goldston, called “The Ernest Shirley Fossil Museum”, Mr. David did not have any citrine in his collection, so we donated one of our rocks to the museum. Now he has a tiny citrine rock/gem about 2″ long.
Since there is not a lot of yellow gemstones in the world, people can easily get topaz and citrine mixed up. It has the hardness of “7” and is lighter than topaz. Sometimes, people who sell gems will sell citrine as topaz, which is very dishonest!
My interesting facts about citrine:
It is the gemstone for November.
The name means “the yellow of a lemon”.
This citrine gem is the gem for the 13th or the 17th year of marriage. The amethyst was also for the 17th year.
Citrine is a variety of quartz ranging in colors of yellow, yellow-brown, orange, dark orange-brown, reddish-brown. Today, a lot of citrine is made by burning amethyst to make it turn more yellow.
Most citrine comes from Brazil which is mostly heated treated amethyst. The natural citrine can be found in the Ural Mountains of Russia, in Dauphine, France, and Madagascar. (I just saw a lemur last Sunday that came from Madagascar!).
In ancient days and even now, citrine is used for healing and success. It’s nic-name is called the ‘success stone’ because it is said to attract good things to people, like more money or good health!
It is also suppose to help stop nightmares and help you sleep better. It is said that the stone will help improve allergies and help keep bad diseases away from you.
Today, this gem is turned into a mineral for makeup. It is put in eye pencils, eye shadows, powders and mineral powders.