CARNELIAN (kɑːrˈniːliən) is a type of chalcedony that gets an orange coloring from inclusions of iron oxide. Its chemical composition is SiO2 Fe2O3. It is usually found in Siberia, India, Germany, and Brazil. On the Mohs scale, carnelian ranks between a 6 and a 7.
Carnelian is very similar to a mineral called sard. They share a chemical composition, but sard is harder and typically has a darker red color. Many gemologists do not distinguish between the two.
Use of carnelian traces back to before the bronze age. It has been ornately carved by the ancient Cretans, Egyptians, Romans, Etruscans, Assyrians, and Phonecians. Romans would engrave the stone and set it into rings that were then used for pressing into wax and making a seal, as hot wax does not stick to carnelian.
Carnelian is used to stimulate the sacral, or second, chakra. This chakra is associated with pleasure, emotion, and connections. Working with carnelian can help to heal relationships with others, and meditating with this stone over problems can help to clarify one’s true feelings or opinions.
It is also used to encourage success, motivation, and confidence. Many will use it to help them move forward to a new life path or come to terms with change. Others find that using this stone helps them to express themselves more clearly.
It is also linked to love, happy relationships, and fertility.
Care and Cleansing
Carnelian is easily cleaned with a gentle soap and water. Store away from windows and skylights, as sitting in the sun can cause the stone to turn red. It is also at risk of chipping, so wearing it while active is not advised.
Carnelian has the ability to cleanse other crystals. Keeping it stored alongside other stones will help to clear them. When the carnelian becomes “full”, it is easily cleansed by soaking it in salt water.
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