Our tumbled citrines average about 2cm at longest point, some slightly shorter and some slightly longer. They are a lovely yellow colour, ranging from Champagne-colour to marigold-colour. We believe that they are not heat treated amethyst* because they have consistent yellow colour and their white "roots" are not chalky. Additionally, they do not exhibit purple inclusions, chalky or "baked" appearance, bubbles, or dark orange colour. HOWEVER, our supplier for these does not actually check if their citrines are natural or not, so we can't guarantee it.
So why are these so cheap if they're natural? Because they're not gem quality. These have a lot of fractures, minor inclusions, and "bruising" (where impact on the stone creates a haze of small fractures). This does give them a wonderful glittery appearance and a lot of character, though.
*To learn more about heat-treated amethyst, read the "About Citrine" tab!
Citrine is yet another form of quartz coloured by minerals to turn it into a whole new stone. The fascinating thing about citrine is that it's actually the same stone as amethyst, but an immense amount of heat and pressure underground make it change colours! There are altered amethysts on the market that have been "baked" to become citrines. They're still basically the same stone, but there are subtle differences in structure and colour, and a lot of people feel tricked if they end up with a "heat-treated amethyst," so we make sure to be honest and open about the sources of our citrines.
There's a misconception out there that "real citrines" are not related to quartz or amethyst. This comes from warnings about heat-treated amethyst getting warped and misconstrued as they travelled via word-of-mouth. ALL citrines are quartz, and ALL started their lives as amethysts. But some changed colour due to heat & pressure in the earth, and some change colour due to industrial "baking."
Citrine is found in Brazil, Canada, France, Madagascar, Russia, UK, & USA. It is strongly associated with the sun and with good fortune. There is a belief that keeping in or near check-outs and cash registers brings in customers and that keeping it in pockets, wallets, or purses brings money. It first became a valued gemstone ~300 BCE, though it was used for low-value jewellery before then.
Because of its connection to quartz and amethyst, citrine is highly connected to clarity of thought as well. However, where as amethyst and clear quartz can be more calm and meditative, citrine's sunny disposition makes it great for increasing optimism and energy, casting boundaries & wards, clearing negativity, and guarding against nightmares.
Possible correspondences: Clarity, Energy, Fire, Fortune, Gold, Happiness, Iron, Money, Sun.