Also spelled Cornelian, Carnelian is the only member of the translucent chalcedony family with its own name! (It is not referred to as "Orange Chalcedony" or as an "agate".)
The name is derived from the Latin word carne meaning flesh, in reference to the flesh color sometimes exhibited.
This rare and unique cabochon semiprecious stone material is from Malawi, Africa. Carnelian also comes form Brazil, India, and Uruguay.
These Carnelian cabochons have a hardness of 7 and are perfect for use in all types of jewelry making.
In ancient lore Carnelian was believed to give the wearer courage in battle. Tibetan Buddhists revere Carnelian for its healing and spiritual qualities. The Egyptian Goddess Isis used Carnelian to protect the dead on their journey through the afterlife.
Carnelian was mentioned in the bible, for more information Bible Stones on our sister website.
Carnelian is a stone of creativity, individuality, leadership, and courage. It is said to help one go after their highest goals and dreams. Carnelian is also believed to aid memory.