(Last Updated on : 10-10-2017)
Carnelian is a variety of chalcedony and is microcrystalline quartz
. Carnelian was once thought to still the blood and calm the temper. The best Carnelian can be found in India. Carnelian is the traditional birthstone for those born under the sign Virgo
, between August 23 and September 22, at the end of summer and the beginning of harvest. It is the anniversary gemstone for the 17th year of marriage
Origin of Carnelian
India is the place where from the stone originates. The name Carnelian is derived from Carne in Latin which means flesh. This may be related to its colour, which is similar the colour of flesh. Carnelian is composed of Silicon Dioxide, Sio2, and gets its red colour from Hematite impurities.
Appearance of Carnelian
Carnelian belongs to the quartz family of gems and is also referred to by other trade names like, red chalcedony and red agate. It appears in a vibrant range of fire-orange reds to brown-reds and has a dull, waxy lustre. The gemstone is normally oval shaped which can be found to be the most common shape. Carnelian gemstones are used in gold
and silver jewellery
Colour of Carnelian
Carnelian is a translucent gemstone
that varies in colour from orange to reddish orange. There is also a dark brownish orange shade of carnelian that is very suitable for mens rings
Variety of Carnelian
Carnelian is the red, orange, or amber variety of Chalcedony. Though often a solid colour, it may also be banded, in which case it would be jointly classified as both Agate
Benefits of Carnelian
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. 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 an important gemstone in opening a closed Sacral Chakra
. It is associated with the Manipura Chakra
in which imbalances are thought to cause digestive problems, as well as lack of confidence. Carnelian is useful for preventing fever
s. It is useful for blood problems
. Carnelian can assist in getting the mind out of mental ruts and back on track for success. 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.