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Carnelian Gemstone Information
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In the eighth century, the Muslim leader Ja'afar ibn Muhammad proclaimed that wearing carnelian would guarantee the granting of all desires. This belief made this stone a popular talisman among the Muslims. In the 1700's, carnelian was known to bring luck, protection, and comfort. In the 1800's, carnelian was said to help those who needed courage to speak. This gemstone is used for clear thinking and to balance creativity and mental processing.


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Refractive Index 1.535-1.539
Hardness = 6.5-7 (Moh's Scale)
Specific Gravity =2.60
Species - Chalcedony
Optic Character - aggregate


Ultrasonic: Usually safe
Steamer: Usually safe
Heat: Poor; color change may occur with heat
Chemicals that harm: Hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid.


Crystal Structure

carnelian crystal image.
Crystal system: Hexagonal fibrous aggregate.

Brazil, India, Uruguay

 January  Garnet
February Amethyst
March Aquamarine
April Diamond
May Emerald
June Pearl/Alexandrite
July Ruby
August Peridot
September Sapphire
October Opal/Tourmaline
November Topaz or Citrine
December Blue Topaz or Zircon
Cabochon is the popular cut used in jewelry for carnelian.
Cabochons are smooth polished surfaces not faceted.

Common Cut Examples.

round cabochon carnelian image.
Round Carnelian Cabochon.
Color: Orange Red
oval cabochon carnelian image.
Oval Carnelian Cabochon.
Color: Orange Red
oval neon cabochon carnelian image.
Neon Carnelian Cabochon.
Color: Vivid Orange
Round not available in Neon.
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