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Information about Carnelian
Discover some fascinating information about Carnelian.

  • Facts and Information about Carnelian
  • Guide to Carnelian
  • Use of Carnelian in jewelry

What are Carnelian?
What exactly are Carnelian? The definition of a Carnelian is as follows:

  • The word carnelian comes from the Latin word carnis meaning flesh, in reference to the fleshy color which is often present in this stone.
  • Many semi-precious gemstones are in fact forms of chalcedony including Agate, Onyx, Carnelian and the Bloodstone. Chalcedony is form of silica which is composed of very fine intergrowths of the minerals quartz and moganite and has a waxy lustre and might be semitransparent or translucent
  • Carnelian is defined as a variety of quartz
  • Quartz goes by an array of different names including Agate, Onyx, Jasper, Aventurine, Tiger's eye, Amethyst, Citrine, Prasiolite, Rose quartz, Bloodstones, Milk quartz and Smoky quartz



The Colors of Carnelian
Carnelian come in a wide range of shades with shades ranging from orange to red and brown but predominantly a reddish-brown colors. Color is mainly caused by the gemstone's selective absorption of certain wavelengths of light called the body color. In gemstones, color consists of three components:

  • Hue - the first impression of the color
  • Tone - the lightness or darkness of color ranging from light to medium to dark
  • Saturation - the intensity of a gemstone's color which is measured from dull to strong to vivid

Birthstone Facts and Information about Carnelian
The following list provides Birthstone facts and information about this gemstone:

  • It is an alternate birthstone of the month of August
  • Zodiac Sign: Leo
  • Leo dates: July 23 - August 23
  • Leo - The Fifth Sign of the Zodiac: The sign of the Lion
  • Ruling Planet of Leo: The Sun
  • Alternate Birthstones of Leo: Onyx, Diamonds, Peridots, Sardonyx and Rubies

History, Significance and Properties of Carnelian
In the Far East and throughout Turkey Cornelians were considered to be the best of all stones for talismanic purposes. The deep red stones were the ones most prized by Muslims and they were frequently to be seen engraved with verses from the Koran. The ancient Romans believed it had powers of preservation from lightning and tempest, from vice and enchantment, blood poisoning and fever, and that it was good for the staunching of bleeding. Napoleon Bonaparte wore on his watch-chain as a seal, always carrying it about with him during the campaign in Egypt. The Cornelian was believed to protect the wearer from witchcraft, and, by warding off the glance of the envious, to avert the Evil Eye. It was also believed to preserve its wearers from ill-health and particularly from the plague. White Cornelians were very popular with the women of Ancient Greece, who wore them as hair ornaments, frequently elaborately carved, and as Talismans against Rheumatism and Neuralgia.

Carnelian Jewelry
Carnelian jewelry is extremely popular especially for those nearest and dearest. All different types of jewelry containing Carnelian are available including:

  • Carnelian rings
  • Carnelian bracelets
  • Carnelian pendants
  • Carnelian earrings
  • Carnelian necklaces

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Birthstones & Jewelry Insurance
Your home insurance policy may not fully cover you for birthstone jewelry insurance, engagement ring insurance or wedding ring insurance. Your home insurance policy probably covers jewelry theft, but not loss that occurs for other reasons. A typical home insurance policy will only usually pay a maximum of $1,000 for jewelry theft. Obtain a Jewelry Insurance quote from the Chubb group of jewelry insurance.


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  • Guide to Carnelian
  • Use of Carnelian in jewelry
  • Information & Facts about Carnelian
  • Colors
  • Symbolism and significance



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