(Last Updated on : 27/12/2012)
Carnelian is a variety of chalcedony and is microcrystalline 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 can be found in India. India is the place where from the stone originates. The name Carnelian is derived from Carne. In Latin this means flesh, may be related to its color, which is similar the color of flesh. Carnelian is composed of Silicon Dioxide, Sio2, and gets its red color from Hematite impurities.
This is a translucent gemstone that varies in color from orange to reddish orange. There is also a dark brownish orange shade of carnelian that is very suitable for men's rings. The gemstone is normally cut in a smooth cut. Oval shaped carnelian gemstones can be found to be the most common shape. Carnelian gemstones are used in gold and silver jewelry. The gemstone is very suitable for jewelry making and has a hardness of 7 on the Moh's scale that measures the hardness of gemstones. Carnelian belongs to the quartz family of gems and is also referred to by other trade names like, red chalcedony and red agate.
Carnelian is believed to protect from those persons trying to read the mind. It also protects from nightmares, enchantments, as well as guarding the home against lightning strikes and severe storms. These days, carnelian is thought to enhance self esteem, to combat feelings of inadequacy, and to increase physical energy. It is sometimes used as a talisman to protect against fire and misfortune. Carnelian is an important gemstone in opening a closed 2nd Chakra or sacral. Natural healers use Carnelian to quell anger, jealousy and hateful feelings, clear negative energy and sorrow. Carnelian protects against rage and fear. It increases sexuality and sexual desire and promotes courage and confidence as well. Carnelian is associated with the solar plexus chakra i.e. the yellow chakra, in which imbalances are thought to cause digestive problems, as well as lack of confidence. Carnelian is useful for preventing fevers. It has the ability to increase the strength and glibness of speech. It is useful for blood problems. An amulet with a rich man holding some beautiful object, carved of carnelian, is said to be powerful in staunching the flow of blood. Carnelian balances creativity and mental processes. Carnelian is the carrier of the orange ray. It is useful for wheezing from allergies. Natural carnelian is available is bright orange colour. If natural gemstone is not available, man-made carnelian can also be used. Every time after wearing carnelian it should be properly washed under water.
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 up ambition and drive and reminds the wearer of the future's goals, hence becoming a powerful tool in major decision-making. The stone allows the person to take control of the life and make decisions. It brings energy and fire, enhancing physical energy and personal power and invoking joy, laughter and warmth as it opens the heart. It provides a sense of history and a connection to past experiences.