What is Carnelian Stone
Carnelian is a popular semiprecious gemstone and one of the most frequently tumbled agates. It is also cut into cabochons, beads, and sometimes carvings.
A glossy, translucent stone, Carnelian is an orange-colored a variety of chalcedony and is a microcrystalline quartz. As a chalcedony, carnelian is formed from the intergrowth of two silica minerals with differing crystal structures: quartz and moganite. Carnelian appears in a vibrant range of fire-orange reds to brown-reds and has a dull, waxy luster. Carnelian is believed to be named after the red-orange Kornel cherry.
It tumbles well with stones of similar hardness, such as agates, jaspers, and quartz materials. It is a good tumbling rough for people who are new to rock tumbling. And easily tumbles to a high polish tumbled stone.
Carnelian is believed to be birthstone for those who born between August 23rd to September 22nd. Carnelian is one of the birthstones listed in the ancient Arabic, Hebrew, Italian and Roman tables and is a Zodiac birthstone for the signs of Leo and Virgo.
All over the world, ancient peoples used carnelian stones for jewelry, seals, and talismans due to their beautiful colors and easy working. The Prophet Mohammed was said to have worn a carnelian seal set in silver on the little finger of his right hand. This may help explain the appeal of carnelian in the Arab and Muslim world.