Citrine comes from the French "citron", or "lemon", for its color, and is actually a type of Quartz. Most Citrine today is actually heat-treated Amethyst. Natural Citrine is not common and occurs in lighter hues than the heat-treated material.
Citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts.Today it is valued for the treatment of depression and is said to eliminate self-destructive tendencies. It is also purported to stimulate memory and aid digestion. Citrine symbolizes light-heartedness, joy, happiness, wisdom and peace and is said to enhance creativity and motivate writers.