Summer has officially started in Vancouver, and the crystals are loving the sunshine as much as we are!
Crystal of the Month: Citrine!
Citrine is the variety of quartz that is distinctively yellow. The colour varies from a very pale lemon to a deep golden hue. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish citrine from smoky quartz, though citrine will have a golden cast. In its natural form citrine is one of the rarest varieties of quartz. Often times material sold as citrine has been treated by heating amethyst. The two elements which make amethyst purple are iron and manganese, which when heated the iron ion “loosens” causing it to oxidize, much like rust on a car, changing the purple material to yellow. This citrine will resemble amethyst in its formation, often as a geode, but will be orangey yellow.