Carnelian is a translucent orange to red variety of chalcedony. Uniformly colored cryptocrystalline quartz, its red tints are caused by traces of iron oxide. The name is derived from the Latin world for flesh, carne, due to its orangey red color. Carnelian has been appreciated since antiquity, and is one of the first known materials ever to be used as a gemstone.
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Countries of Origin
Tanzania, United Republic Of; Colombia; United States of America (the); Unknown; China; Ireland; Brazil; Madagascar; Thailand; India; Indonesia
Set your jewelry collection on fire (figuratively, of course) with carnelian. A member of the chalcedony sub-group, this quartz is a blazing orange-to-red in its color. It's beautiful, wearable, and affordable - an unbeatable combination in a gemstone. Carnelian is one of the first known gemstones.
More About Carnelian
For as far back in time as we know, folklore has joined carnelian and good fortune. The Middle Eastern peoples considered carnelian a stone of kings and royalty. Due to its warm, rich orange-red color, they also associated it with fire. In Egypt, believers wore carnelian to ward off the evil eye and to bring peace to the wearer.