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Carnelian gemstones are part of the quartz family. It is formed in volcanic rock where water rich in silica percolates through the cavities and fissures. The reddish color comes from the presence of iron oxide and can vary between pure red, reddish-orange, reddish-yellow, or reddish-brown. Carnelian gemstones can be found all over the world, but the best quality Carnelian comes from India.
People have been using Carnelian since as far back as 3000 BC. At this time, it was used in jewelry and ornamental objects in Sumeria, Persia, and Egypt. It was also used in the Roman Era for cameos, intaglios, and signets. Carnelian was popular for signets because wax does not stick to Carnelian seals making it ideal for imprinting seals on documents. In today's jewelry, Carnelian is commonly found in pendants and cabochons as well as antique jewelry. The surface of this stone is perfect for engraving.
As with many other gemstones, Carnelian is believed to be beneficial to the wearer in several ways. It is said to provide serenity by calming fears about death, dying, and rebirth, while lessoning feelings of anger, jealousy, and guilt. Carnelian is supposed to give courage and mental grounding power. It may also provide healing for problems in the lower abdomen such as menstrual cramps, infertility, and impotence.
The warm, reddish colors of Carnelian gemstones look beautiful with other fall colors or earth tones. Due to the porous nature of carnelian, it is often dyed to enhance the color. In order to keep the color brilliant, it should not be exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods of time because the color could fade or change. It can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution and a soft cloth. This is a translucent to opaque stone that has a hardness of 7.0 on the Mohs scale. It is also the official gemstone of the Zodiac sign Aries. You will find a beautiful Carnelian bracelet with Swarovski crystals by Southern Charm & Grace Handmade Jewelry at http://scgjewelry.com/joomla/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=eny_fly_furniture.tpl&product_id=45&category_id=2&vmcchk=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1.
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Written by Jennifer Cooper
Southern Charm & Grace Handmade Jewelry