The Carnelian is known as one of the world’s oldest gemstones used in jewelry. The name is likely to come from the color of the cornelian cherry. Said to strengthen the immune system, it is one of the most important healing stones. It is also believed to give its owner courage, strength, and joie de vivre. It is also believed to protect against fear and misfortune. In love, it brings strength even through tough times. The Carnelian is September’s birthstone. This gemstone is often given as a gift on 17th wedding anniversaries.
The color of Carnelian can vary from orange-red to a deeper red shade. With its red hue, Carnelian is often known as a bloodstone, as the substance that gives it its color is iron. The stone is opaque. Natural Carnelian can show a cloudy color in light. This makes the search for especially colorful naturally occurring gemstones a particular challenge. The Carnelian’s milky quality is reminiscent of Chalcedony – they both belong to the group of quartzes.
Carnelian is best cleaned with lukewarm water and soap. The stone should also be protected from extreme temperature variations and potential impact and scratches.
There are currently 120 places in the world where Carnelian can be found. Gemstones found in Brazil, Uruguay, India and Botswana are especially colorful. The gemstone is formed by volcanic rock, through the absorption of iron, which accounts for variations in the intensity of its color.