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Carnelian Jewellery: History, Special Properties and Meanings

Posted by Natalie Cochrane on 25th Apr 2022

Everything You Need To Know About Carnelian:

Gold Carnelian Ring and Earrings

What is Carnelian?

Carnelian (sometimes also known as Cornelian) is an orange to red chalcedony gemstone. Carnelian is a beautiful gemstone with an array of special properties. This gemstone is known as the modern birthstone for July. It's also strongly associated with the Virgo star sign. 

Carnelian gemstone

What Colour is Carnelian?

Carnelian is a orange to red to brown gemstone which can range from being semi-opaque to translucent. The orange colour comes from the presence of iron oxides in the stone. 

Romans believed that the lighter colours in Carnelian represents women and the darker colours symbolise men.

Gold Carnelian Ring

What are the Properties of Carnelian?

Carnelian is known for its healing properties. Traditionally, many believed that Carnelian stopped bleeding and could even heal wounds. 

Nowadays, many believe that Carnelian promotes positivity and increases energy. 

Carnelian is known as the stone for happiness. Carnelian is also known to spark creativity and is perfect for those seeking adventure and new opportunities.

Carnelian rings

What is the History of Carnelian?

The Carnelian gemstone was first discovered in 1800 B.C. on the island of Crete. In Ancient Egypt, Carnelian was known as the ‘Sunset stone’ due to its orange-red colour. 

Egyptians often buried their mummies with carnelian gems to protect them in the afterlife. In Ancient Rome, people used carnelian gemstones to bring them courage and strength during battle.

Where Can Carnelian Be Found?

Carnelian can be found all around the world. Japan is one of the biggest sources of Carnelian but can the gemstone can also be found in France, Brazil, Uruguay, India and Cornwall.

How is Carnelian Formed?

Carnelian is formed from two silica minerals growing within differing crystal structured (quartz and moganite). The orange-red colour comes from iron oxide.

Carnelian Jewellery: 

Carnelian was commonly used in rings and signets by the Greeks and Romans. Carnelian gemstones are often worn as pendants, rings and earrings. Carnelian earrings

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