Carnelian is a reddish-orange stone that is a bit softer than most Quartz varieties (between 6 and 7 on Mohs Hardness Scale) and is often cut into figurines and broaches.
Carnelian is a form of another stone known a red chalcedony and has often been referred as "stone of nobility" as signet rings and noble coats of arms were often carved on this very workable stone. The warm colored, translucent attributes of Carnelian make it an excellent choice for men's rings, as well as various kinds of fashion jewelry, including bracelets and earrings. Because of the stone's reddish, translucent color, it is also often called Red Agate.
Historically, Carnelian stones were used by the ancient Egyptians to ease a person into the "after life", and were prized by the Greeks and Romans as they thought that the stone helped keep evil demons and sprits away, and that by wearing amulets made form Carnelian, one would have more health and energy. In fact, amounts of energy are said to be concentrated in this stone. Carnelian has also been popular for making religious items such as rosary beads, and is still often made into beads, due to its color and translucence.
Carnelian served a significant role in the early history of mankind. The Native American Indians, for example, would include the stone during their ceremonial rites. They believed the mystic properties of the stone and had considered it very sacred. It was also known to offer protection against evil; that’s why it’s added to the breast plates, flints, and sabers of warriors. Two thousand years ago, the Romans utilized Carnelian in seal and stamp rings, which were used to seal important documents and letters.
Carnelian are also popular because of their mental and physical healing properties. They can heal any problem you have with your abdomen, such as infertility or menstrual cramps. They can also increase your stamina and enthusiasm, and with their help you can easily get over sadness, depression, and bad vibrations.
Carnelian is often used as a birthstone for the months of May, July and August; and has an astrological connection to the sign of Virgo. Because of its healing attributes, Carnelian stones are often found in New Age and other shops specializing in minerals that have been given healing properties. Jewelry made with Carnelian stones and beads are often found in fashion accessory shops, jewelry stores, and online boutiques.
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