Carnelian can be found around the world, but notable sources are India, Japan, Uruguay, and Brazil.
The rich reds and deep caramel colors of carnelian, a variety of chalcedony, are due to iron. Chalcedony is a cryptocrystalline quartz, meaning that the crystals are too small to be seen by a microscope. Chrysoprase, agates, and jaspers are also types of chalcedony.
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Carnelian is the traditional birthstone for July, the Arabic birthstone for July, and the Hebrew and Roman birthstone for August. Carnelian is a talisman stone for Leo and the birthstone for Virgo. Carnelian is the 17th wedding anniversary gemstone.
The name carnelian comes from Latin and refers to its flesh-like color.
Carnelian has been used for jewelry for thousands of years. The Sumerian queen Pu-Abi from the third millennium BC wore carnelian on her robes. Ancient Egyptians left carnelian jewelry in tombs because of their belief that carnelian aids in the soul’s passage to the afterlife. Carnelian is prominent in Hebrew and Muslim literature. In Tibet, carnelian is frequently used in amulets. Carnelian is the secondary stone of Scorpios in Hindu astrology.
Carnelian’s connection with the 2nd Chakra (Spleen Chakra) is the reason it is used to treat menstrual cramps, infertility, and impotence. It is well-known as a treatment for skin disorders, neuralgia, rheumatism, asthma, and insomnia. Called the stone of vitality, carnelian is known to stimulate the metabolism, increase appetite, enhance sexual energy, and aid in the absorption of vitamins.
Carnelian is recommended for work or study, since it is considered a stone of creativity, individuality, assertiveness, drive, and courage, boosting concentration, clearing the mind, sharpening the perception, and improving analytical skills. Sometimes called the “self-esteem stone,” it is valued for helping you understand yourself, removing apathy and protecting against resentment. Pink Carnelian is believed to improve parent-child relationships.