Carnelian comes from compact varieties of silica which comprise minute quartz crystals with sub-microscopic pores. Its colors come from iron oxide impurities.

Chemical composition SiO2
Color Orange, Red-orange
Lustre Vitreous to waxy
Hardness 7
Crystal system Conchiodal
Origin India, Brazil
Healing properties*

Carnelian stimulates courage and action; restores motivation; energizes the soul body; helps turn dreams into realities. Releases stress and trauma, repairs subtle body. Enhances creativity.

An ancient rhyme states: “Fate has with virtues great Carnelian’s nature graced; tied round the neck or on the finger placed.” Carnelian is a popular stone for seals and amulets throughout the Mediterranean and Near East.