The golden-yellow colour of citrine quartz is formed when high temperatures are applied to amethyst or smoky quartz. Citrine is also known as “the thief’s stone” due to its association with the Greek god Hermes, who, when only a few days old, stole Apollo’s herd of cattle. It was believed that carrying citrine would help the bearer avoid getting into trouble, and the stone was very popular with criminals and rogues as a result. Citrine was also thought to protect the bearer from snake venoms and from evil thoughts. It is mentioned in the Bible and was used by the Hebrews and the ancient Romans. Medieval Scots often blessed citrine before leaving it in a sacred well or spring--a practice that shows how Christian and Pagan elements often mingled with local folklore. In ancient times, citrine was believed to ward off plague. Scotland is one of the few places where citrine is found naturally, and it is often known as “Scottish Topaz”, although it is also sometimes known as “Spanish Topaz”.
It is also associated with the Zodiac signs Aries, Leo, Libra and Gemini and the element of Fire.
Citrine is said to attract happiness, financial abundance, empowerment and absorb negative energy. It is also considered to increase creativity and imagination and to help clear blockages. It has been used to bring relief to health disorders concerning the gallbladder, heart, kidneys, liver, colon and digestive organs. It is also said to aid those detoxing after unhealthy binges, such as regular excessive drinking and/or smoking.