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CARNELIAN

Overview:The name Carnelian, which is derived from Carne, Latin for flesh, may be related to its color, which is similar the color of flesh. Carnelian is frequently known as a stone of great spirituality. Carnelian is composed of Silicon Dioxide, Sio2, and gets its red color from Hematite impurities.Carnelian was one of the most treasured stones of both the Greeks and Romans, who used it in signet rings and carvings.

Carnelian is a variety of chalcedony and is a micro-crystalline quartz. It appears in a vibrant range of fire-orange reds to

brown-reds and has a dull, waxy luster.Carnelian was once thought to still the blood and calm the temper.The best Carnelian is from India, which is where our stones originate

Physical Properties:

Carnelian

Carnelian  Birthstone

Color
Reddish Orange
Hardness
6.5-7.0
Specific Gravity
2.65
Refractive index
1.55 - 1.54

Sign of Carnelian:Scorpio

Usage: It has been said to be a healing gem with a wondrous capacity for mental and physical healing properties.Carnelian can assist in getting the mind out of mental ruts and back on track for success. It bolsters ambition and drive and reminds the wearer of the future's goals, hence becoming a powerful tool in major decision-making. Allows you to take control of your life and make decisions.

Legend: Carnelian was said to bring luck, protection and comfort in the 1700's. In the 1800's, Carnelian was said to help those who needed courage to speak.Mohammed, Napoleon I, and Napoleon III wore carnelian.

Occurrence: Carnelian is found in India, Brazil and Uruguay.