Carnelian, a stone with a long fascinating history

Carnelian is a member of the chalcedony family. Other stones in this family include agate, jasper, onyx and bloodstone It is a semi-precious gemstone known for its vibrant colors, ranging from fire-orange to brown-red, along with its dull, waxy luster. The iron oxide carnelian contains gives it reddish tints.


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Carnelian may also be called Cornelian and the browner variety may be referred to as Sard

 What is Carnelian known for?

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Carnelian is associated with warmth, strength, courage, creativity, emotional balance, and physical health. It's also considered “the June stone” or “stone of the sun. Some believe that the magic of carnelian depends on its shade, with bright red carnelian being the most powerful. Carnelian is associated with the sacral chakra, which rules sexuality and creativity.  

Carnelian in History

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Carnelian has been favored by ancient peoples and is associated with luck and royalty. As carnelian was easy to cut into jewelry stones it was used in this way early on. Many, including the Arabs, the French and English considered carnelian one of the stones of kings. Indeed the English and French royal courts of the 18th century used carnelian symbolically to convey messages.  

Carnelian is a talisman.
It brings good luck to child and man;
It drives away all evil things,
To thee and thine protection brings.
From such a gem a woman gains
Sweet hope and comfort in her pains - Goethe

Carnelian is often used to make protective amulets. Some say that carnelian boosts confidence and power, which may overwhelm some people.

How to Care for Your Carnelian                                                 

Use warm, soapy water and a soft brush, then rinse thoroughly and dry. Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive materials, which can damage the stone and reduce its healing properties. Do not soak the stone or leave it too long in the water solution. Avoid exposure to salt water.

Charging: Expose carnelian to sunlight, bury it in soil, or use other crystals such as Selenite or Clear Quartz. 

Too much sunlight can change the color.

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Gemstone Butterfly Statement Earrings

The artists we work with here at Sundara Joon have been hard at work and are always eager to incorporate this beautiful stone in everything they do. Please check out our collection of jewelry containing carnelian. 


For more history on this fascinating stone, please check out:

International Gem Society: Carnelian Symbolism

Gem Select

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