CARNELIAN - Color, Facts, Power, Mythology, History and Myths

Carnelian Last updated : January 26, 2020 1:39 PM

Like the blazing splendour that sun exhibits at dusk, or the first flash of autumn, Carnelian is the stone that too fascinates due to its luminosity and radiance. Acknowledged as the stone of courage, motivation, leadership, and endurance, Carnelian is inspiring and protecting the mankind since times immemorial.

Carnelian is the stone of Quartz family and is the variety of an orange colored chalcedony. It has derived its name from a Latin word, which means “Flesh”. Carnelian has numerous ancient stories attached to it. In ancient times, it was strictly considered as the stone of noble or elite class. People who used to hold a social status were often buried with this stone.

In ancient Egypt, Carnelian was called as the “setting sun”. It was associated largely with female energies and the mother goddess. Carnelian Jewelry is worn to enhance the power of love, passion, and desire.

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Where is Carnelian found?

Substantial quantities of Carnelian have been found in the oldest known deposits in Bengal, India. It is also mined in other countries, like Uruguay, Brazil, USA (mostly in Colorado, Texas, and North Carolina), Madagascar, Botswana, Peru, Iceland, and South Africa.

Healing Properties

The benefits of this amazing stone include:

  • Used as a Feng Shui element

Carnelian is said to utilize fire energy, which signifies passion, zeal, illumination, activity, and warmth. Carnelian, a Feng Shui element, is mainly used in the south area, or the area related to the fame and reputation of its inhabitants. It boosts and determines one’s families standing and status in the community, and hence the sparing use of red or crimson Carnelian is advised.

  • Physical Healing Properties

Carnelian is the stone, which is believed to have a life force in it. Being a physical healer, it stimulates metabolism and determines a good supply of blood to the tissues and organs. It cures the females in their issues while menstrual or menopausal state and is also considered helpful in artificial insemination.

Carnelian influences the reproductive organs of both the genders by overcoming the problems such as impotence, infertility, and frigidity.  It is also considered an amazing gemstone for the absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in the small intestine, and improving the thickness and flow of blood.

The physical healing properties of Carnelian does not end here, it is also regarded as the healer of varicose veins, congestion, haemorrhoids, phlebitis, boils, skin irritation, nosebleed, lower back pain, arthritis, rheumatism, neuralgia, depression, and bones and ligament related disorders.

  • Alleviates drug-related issues

Carnelian delivers exceptional sustenance in getting rid of alcohol or other drugs. It helps in breaking immoral physical habits and improves overall health in general.

  • Acts as an emotional healer

Carnelian is a soothing crystal that helps in restoring motivation and vitality. It stimulates creativity for new recreations and activities. This stone is also beneficial in protecting against resentment, rage, and envy. It helps in overcoming possessiveness in a relationship, eating disorders, and sexual anxieties. 

  • Heals chakra and balances energy

Carnelian is said to turn on body chakras. Orange Carnelian is beneficial in healing and stimulating the sacral chakra. It inculcates dynamism in a human being and controls the transmission of information between mind and body. On the other hand, Carnelian in the shades of red heals the blockages and traumas of the base chakra.

  • Provides spiritual energy

Carnelian is helpful for making a person understand the cycle of life from birth to death and overcome the fears of death. Carnelian is a crystal of deed, which overpowers procrastination or indecisiveness. It inspires one to stop waiting for dreams to appear and fulfil by itself, rather instils courage in a person to embrace change.

  • Provides energy through its color

Orange Carnelian is believed to bring delight, friendship, pleasure, and a strong bond in the family. Being a stone of happiness and sharing, it tends to bring people and things together by enhancing affection and companionship Carnelian is a gemstone of intimacy and closeness in a relationship.

Red carnelian, on the other hand, is considered to bring passion, enthusiasm, and zeal in a person to perform things with speed. It inculcates confidence and fearlessness in the person who wears it. The carnelian with deep and dark red color embodies intense desire, durable energy, deep love, and strong feelings.


Carnelian Facts

Some facts about Carnelian

  • The Buddhists in India, Nepal, China and Tibet use Carnelian for security and often embellished with turquoise, and lapis lazuli to boost its powers.
  • As per some experts, Carnelian should be placed in a fish tank to attract wealth.
  • A dark or a brown shade Carnelian is called Sard.
  • Carnelian is very popular in Islam religion as well because Prophet Mohammad himself used to wear a signet ring of Carnelian.

Metaphysical Properties

Carnelian is a semi-precious stone that belongs to the variety of silica and has got its astounding red color due to the presence of impurities, like iron oxide. On Moh’s scale, the hardness of this stone ranges between 6-7. Carnelian is a prevalent mineral, which occurs in the cavities of various rocks. Other than rocks rich in silica, it is also found in volcanic rocks.

Carnelian is considered to be the traditional birthstone of people who are under the zodiac sign of Virgo.

Carnelian at a Glance

Cleavage None
Other Names Cornelian
Crystal Habit NA
Streak White
Refractive Index 1.535-1.539
Diaphaneity Semitransparent - Translucent
Moh's scale (hardness) 6.5-7
Sources Uruguay, Brazil, USA, Madagascar,Botswana, Peru, Iceland, and South Africa
Chemical formula SiO2
Lustre Vitreous
Color Orangy Red To Brownish Red To Brownish Orange
Chakra Healing Root or base chakra, Sacral chakra
Birthstone July
Zodiac Leo

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The shades of Carnelian ranges from orange to reddish-brown. The texture of Carnelian is somewhat silky and vitreous.

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Carnelian is best gemstone for alleviating drugs habit. I will buy it for my grandfather as he is addicted to tobacco. Because of this useless habit he is facing problem in respiration. I wish he will get well soon.
Reply on 5/11/14
Yeah Geny, Carnelian is effective in curing the same problem. You may try its properties. But one thing you should notice that the Zodiac of your grandfather should be Virgo or he should be born in the month of August as this talisman is apt in these two cases only.
Reply on 19/11/14
Carnelian is a best talisman for the one who are seeking for an increment in their wealth. For this the person needs to keep this gemstone in their fish tank. This will help them by attracting wealth towards them. I also want this charm for the same. Please suggest. Should I buy it for me?
Reply on 27/11/14
Yes, you may try this talisman for your needs also but before that consult your astrologer.
Reply on 13/1/15
Nicole Judy
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Carnelian stones will energize the physical body, and give you the vitality to take the actions you need to take.
Reply on 6/7/15
Carnelian stone is very attractive.. but before buying it i want to ask that is this stone really aids metabolism issues??? i'm a fat person and really need a big weight loss.. my doctor revealed that i have some low metabolic issues in my body due to that i'm not fit.. would anybody please suggest about Carnelian stone?
Reply on 15/9/15
Carnelian stone is a very cute yellowish orange color stone..its benefits reminds me always to buy it....
Reply on 28/9/15
I have a issue. I'm a married woman and still i never had baby in my womb. I wish i could have a baby. This stone claims to reduce infertility so i want to give it a try.
Reply on 15/12/15
Hello! elli This stone does wonders on everyone. It helps in overcoming from many women productivity things.
Reply on 16/12/15
i want to discuss something really serious about me. I'm a drug addictor and i can't get over it.. i mean seriously its just killing me from inside. I have seen many people overcoming it from wearing Carnelian stone but still need some advices
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Reply on 19/6/19
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Reply on 12/8/19
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Reply on 24/11/19
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