Healing Properties of Carnelian
Carnelian is about action. By activating the first three chakras, Carnelian provides a powerful boost to your willpower, with the physical energy and drive to back it up. If your heart wants something, carnelian can give you the confidence and power to go for it.
Carnelian as a Gemstone
About the Stone
A reddish-orange, or reddish-brown colored gemstone from the chalcedony family of quartz. It has a warm, uniform, and easily distinguishable color.
Carnelian sits at a 6.5 – 7 on the Mohs scale. It is a member of the quartz family. Carnelian is derived from the Latin word meaning horn. Carnelian is also spelled ‘cornelian’ and has also been referred to as Mecca Stone, Pigeon’s blood Agate, and Sadoine.
The best quality carnelian is found in India but it is also found in many other parts of the world including Uruguay, Brazil, Japan, Botswana, and Madagascar. In the United States, carnelian can be found in Texas, North Carolina, Colorado, and Florida.
Carnelian in Jewelry
Carnelian is relatively inexpensive. It is often found in antique jewelry and provides a perfect surface for engraving. Carnelian is usually fashioned in a cabochon cut and accents especially well on silver. Its translucency is especially apparent in pendants, and it is how many people prefer to wear this beautiful gemstone. Carnelian works well with fall colors.
Carnelian is sometimes listed as a birthstone for August and the astrological sign Virgo.