SymbolismThe qualities of the carnelian are said to include warmth, willpower, individuality and self-esteem. Wear the carnelian when you are searching for motivation and vitality. Carnelian is said to inspire good decisions and give you courage.
HistoryIn ancient Rome, the carnelian was typically set in signet rings used for sealing letters. The carnelian was ideal for this, as the warm wax can not stick to the gemstone.
LegendsIn ancient Egypt, the carnelian was used for decorating mummified bodies. The ancient Egyptians believed that the carnelian would help the dead on their passage to the afterlife. Legends have also associated the gemstone with blood due to its blood-red colour, and it was said to stop bleeding and purify the blood.
Carnelian can, amongst other countries, be found in Brazil, Uruguay and India. Carnelian belongs to the quartz family. Its colour ranges in shades of orange and red, determined by the presence of the amount of iron during its formation. Some carnelians also display beautiful bands of varying colours. Carnelian ranks at 7 on the Mohs hardness scale.