It is said and believed by many that quartz crystals have been used for many purposes for hundreds of thousands of years. The oldest surviving legends talk of the ancient civilizations of Atlantis and Lemuria channeling and harnessing the power of crystals: using them to enhance telepathic communication across dimensions of space and time, and also for physical healing and other practical purposes. I use it only because it is beautiful.
According to Viking and Germanic legend, the hilt of the magical sword of Siegfried, the dragon slayer, was inlaid with Red Jasper to bring him courage. It is also said to enhance responsibility, choice, and compassion. Jasper is one of the birth stones listed for the Sun Sign of Virgo. It is also the Mystical birthstone for the month of October. But I use it only because it is beautiful and I love making pendants. ;-)
Does it have special properties? The story goes that, emotionally, citrine is believed to relieve depression and eliminates self-destructive tendencies. It is also thought to be helpful for thyroid, and liver disorders. Citrine is a semiprecious translucent yellow quartz which I love to use for my jewelery. Its name is derived from Latin citrina which means "yellow" and is also the origin of the word "citron."