Carnelian – The Semi-Precious Birthstone for July.

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Carnelian, a semi-precious gemstone, is a stunning crystal that has been used for centuries for its beauty, healing properties, and spiritual significance. 

Carnelian gets its name from the Latin term “carnis,” which means flesh.

This fiery stone is believed to have many benefits, from promoting creativity and motivation to enhancing physical strength and stamina.

Its unique colour, which ranges from reddish-orange to brownish-red, makes it a popular choice for jewelry and ornamental pieces. 

Today, we’re going to learn all about Carnelian, from its history, physical properties, meaning and healing properties to its uses.

Carnelian is a warm & energetic semi-precious gemstone that is prized for its unique colouring. If you’re looking to add some strength & vitality to your outfit &/or day, look no further!

FUN FACT: Carnelian is the official semi-precious birthstone for July and is most beneficial to those who were born under the Aries Star Sign (Mar 21 – April 20) but is also relevant to the Pisces Star Sign as well

The History of Carnelian

Carnelian has a rich history that dates back to ancient times. It was highly appreciated by the ancient Greeks, Persians, and Romans, who believed that it held magical powers and was a symbol of courage and power. 

In ancient Greece, Persia & Babylonia, Artisans carved Carnelian into talismans that they thought would protect them from natural disasters like earthquakes.

The Egyptians used Carnelian for amulets, seals, and talismans, and believed that it had the power to protect the soul in the afterlife. You can also see that King Tuts Famous Gold Death Mask features Carnelian.

The Greeks and Romans also used Carnelian for jewelry and decorative pieces, and it was believed to have healing powers and to enhance physical strength and stamina.

Over history, Carnelian has had many nicknames; The Egyptians, for example, called it the “Sunset Stone,” and in later civilizations, it was referred to as the “Singers Stone” and the “Artists Stone”.

The Physical Properties of Carnelian

Carnelian is in a class of chalcedony, which is a mineral that belongs to the quartz family. On the Moh’s scale, it has a hardness of 6.5 to 7, which makes it a durable and long-lasting gemstone. 

Carnelian is typically translucent to opaque, with a vitreous or waxy luster. Its colour ranges from reddish-orange to brownish-red, and it is often found in banded or layered formations. 

The colour of Carnelian is due to the presence of iron oxide in the crystal.

The Meaning & Healing Properties of Carnelian

Carnelian is believed to have many spiritual and healing properties. It is said to promote courage, motivation, and creativity and to enhance physical strength and stamina.

It is also thought to have a grounding and stabilizing effect, helping to balance the emotions and promote inner peace. Carnelian has the reputation of being a stone of protection and to have the power to fend off negative energy and promote positive vibes.

It will help you find courage & vitality when you need it. Carnelian radiates a tremendous energy that encourages you to pursue your dreams.

You will feel like you’re living your best life when you use this vibrant gemstone.

How Carnelian is Used

Carnelian is a popular choice for jewelry and ornamental pieces due to its unique colour and spiritual significance. It is often used in necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, and is also used for decorative pieces such as figurines and vases.

Carnelian is also used for its amazing healing properties. It is often used in crystal and semi-precious gemstone healing and meditation practices to promote creativity, motivation, and inner peace.

Some of Carnelian’s Health Benefits Include…

(FYI, this is in no way intended to replace medication &/or the care of a licensed healthcare professional)5 Interesting Facts about Carnelian…

  • Helps with your digestive issues
  • Increases your circulation, strength & stamina
  • Regulates your kidney function
  • Assists you while detoxing from alcohol & drugs

5 Interesting Facts about Carnelian…

  1. Carnelian’s colour can be improved by dyeing & baking with iron salts.
  2. Carnelian is used in Feng Shui because it encourages energy levels.
  3. Carnelian is created when iron impurities are present in Chalcedony.
  4. Carnelian is often mistaken for Red Agate
  5. Carnelian is the least expensive variety of Chalcedony.

Where to Buy Carnelian Jewelry

Carnelian jewelry is widely available at jewelry stores and online retailers. It can come in a variety of styles and price points, from simple stud earrings to elaborate necklaces and bracelets.

Here’s a quick link to the One Zero Eight Shop for these stunning Carnelian pieces…Simple Carnelian EarringsDeluxe Carnelian EarringsCarnelian Bracelet

You can also buy Carnelian jewelry from local artisans at craft fairs and such, but you’ll have to be on the lookout for fake Carnelian.

How to Identify Imitation Carnelian

Carnelian is a popular semi-precious stone, known for its beautiful orange-red colour. However, due to its high demand, it has often been imitated with materials such as glass and plastic. 

To detect imitation Carnelian, there are a few things you can do. 

Firstly, look closely at the stone’s surface. Real Carnelian is often slightly translucent and has a smooth, polished surface. 

In contrast, imitation Carnelian (usually Red Agate) may have a cloudy appearance and a surface that is either too smooth or too rough.

Another way to detect imitation Carnelian is to check its hardness. On the Moh’s scale, Carnelian has a hardness of 7, which means it is quite durable and is really hard to scratch.

You can choose to perform a simple scratch test by trying to scratch the stone with a sharp object, such as a knife or a piece of glass. If the surface of the stone shows scratches or marks, it is likely an imitation. (However, I don’t think it’s wise to pull out a pocket knife in the middle of a store to test this theory.) 

Additionally, you can try holding the stone up to a light source. Real Carnelian has a natural translucency that allows light to pass through it, whereas imitation Carnelian may appear opaque or dull. 

Real Carnelian is usually cold to the touch and heavier than its imitator.

Fake Carnelian, upon close inspection, will have very slight banding or incisions on the surface.

You can easily spot imitation Carnelian by following these easy tips and this way, you’ll ensure that you are purchasing a genuine stone.

How to Take Care of Carnelian Jewelry

Carnelian is a relatively hard gemstone (7 on the Mohs scale) but unfortunately, it can still be damaged or scratched if it comes into contact with other hard materials if you don’t care while handling it.

For more information on caring for your gemstone jewelry, try reading The 5 Best Ways to Take Care of Your Gemstone Bracelets OR The Essential Guide to Cleansing Your Gemstone Bracelets.

Frequently Asked Questions about Carnelian

Q: What is Carnelian?

A: Carnelian is a type of chalcedony mineral that varies in colour from pale orange to deep red-orange. Now because of this gemstone’s lively colouring, it’s always a sort-after stone that is used in jewelry and decorative objects and has been for thousands of years.

Q: What are the properties of Carnelian?

A: Carnelian is known for its energizing and grounding properties. It is said to promote courage, creativity, and motivation. Physically, Carnelian is believed to aid in digestion, improve circulation, and boost the immune system.

Q: How is Carnelian used in jewelry?

A: Carnelian is a popular gemstone for use in jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. It is often cut into cabochons or beads and can be paired with other stones such as Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, or Citrine.

Q: Where is Carnelian found?

A: Carnelian is found in many parts of the world, including India, Brazil, the United States, and Madagascar. It is often found in volcanic rocks or in sedimentary deposits.

Q: Where should I buy Carnelian beads?

A: You have several choices on where to buy Carnelian; be it beads, jewelry or home décor. You can shop online (I use Pandahall.com, LBeads.com, ibeadcanada.com and when I’m in a hurry, Amazon) or a specialty gemstone store. 

Carnelian emerges as not just a gemstone but a vibrant and awe-inspiring force that has left an indelible mark on the tapestry of human history. Its value has transcended mere aesthetics through the ages, becoming a cherished gem revered for its spiritual significance and potent healing properties.

The allure of Carnelian extends beyond its aesthetic appeal. Its unique and vivid colour, reminiscent of the warm hues of a sunrise, adds a touch of radiance to any jewelry or ornamental piece it graces. Beyond its physical properties, Carnelian carries a profound spiritual significance, making it a sought-after companion for those navigating the world of crystal healing and meditation practices.

Exploring the essence of Carnelian unveils a gemstone that has stood the test of time, not merely as an accessory but as a conduit for spiritual growth and healing. Its significance is woven into the fabric of ancient cultures, where it was revered as more than a gem but as a symbol of strength, courage, and vitality.

Whether you are drawn to Carnelian for its stunning aesthetic, seeking a beautiful and unique piece of jewelry, or harnessing its energy for spiritual growth and healing, this gemstone stands poised to make a powerful statement. Each piece of Carnelian becomes a talisman, a fusion of elegance and spiritual energy, inviting those who wear or work with it to embrace a journey of self-discovery and well-being.

Carnelian is more than a gem; it celebrates beauty, a source of spiritual significance and a conduit for transformative healing. As you incorporate Carnelian into your life, whether adorning yourself with its captivating beauty or utilizing its metaphysical properties, you embark on a journey where each facet of this gemstone becomes a chapter in your personal story of empowerment, self-expression, and holistic wellness.

To find your own (or other) birth month semi-precious gemstone introduction blog, click below.

MonthGemstone
JanuaryGarnet
FebruaryAmethyst
MarchAquamarine
AprilBloodstone
MayAgate
JuneMoonstone
JulyCarnelian
AugustPeridot
SeptemberLapis Lazuli
OctoberPink Tourmaline
NovemberCitrine
DecemberTurquoise
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