Carnelian is a variety of the Chalchedony group Gemstones like Agate, Jasper, Onyx and many more. These are all Quartzes and are different from each other by their color, stripes & patterns. Carnelian is the red, or orange variation (in some occassions brown) of this family and generally displays solid color, although it can be sometimes brown, or with lighter or darker stripes and patches, and in many occassions will be "cloudy, hazy", and transluscent.
Gemstones usually fall into one of three categories of clarity with variations within that category. Opaque gemstones do not allow any light to pass through even if you hold it up to a light source. Translucent gemstones allow some light to shine through but you cannot clearly see through the gemstone.
Carnelian differs from many of its cousins in the chalcedony family in that it is technically translucent, you cannot really see through a carnelian but if you hold it up you can see the light coming through especially round the edges.
Carnelian is known as a stone of motivation and endurance, leadership and courage, Carnelians have protected and inspired throughout history. A glassy, translucent stone,Carnelian is an orange-colored variety of Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. The warm, fiery colors found in Carnelian gemstones make them extremely desirable for jewelry, but there is more to them than that. Carnelian stone benefits have been enjoyed for centuries. These fiery gems have adorned warriors heading off to battle, have been included in ancient burials and have been used in alchemy. Also known as the singer's stone, the Carnelian crystal is a warm, vibrant stone that boosts confidence and the power of true expression.
HISTORY & BENEFITS
Its name comes from a Latin word meaning "flesh."
The red variety of chalcedony has been known to be used as beads since the Early Neolithic in Bulgaria. The bow drill was used to make holes in the early years.
Carnelian treats lower back problems, rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia and depression. It regulates the kidneys, and accelerates healing in bones and ligaments. Improves vitamin and mineral absorption and ensures good blood supply to organs and tissues.
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