Geology / History

Carnelian is a cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, commonly used as a semi-precious gemstone.Probably named after the colour of the kornel cherry. It is a brownish red to orange, translucent to opaque Chalcedony variety. Coloured by impurities of iron oxide, the colour can vary greatly, ranging from pale orange to an intense almost-black coloration.When held against the light, the colour variety shows stripes, natural carnelian shows a cloudy distribution of colour.  

Metaphysical Properties

Grounds & anchors you in the present reality. This wealth stone is an excellent purifier it removes negativity & strengthens life force. Gives you an acceptance of the cycle of life.  It stimulates courage & motivates for success in business. 

Helps to trust yourself. Powerful protection against greed, envy, resentment.  Calms anger.  Place near your front door for protection & invites abundance in.  Improves parent – child relationships, restores trust after abuse.

Crystal Healing

Stimulates metabolism, female reproductive organ, overcomes frigidity & impotence. Heals rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia & depression. Regulates body fluids, kidneys. Improves absorption of vitamins.



Group: Quartz (Silicate-Tectosilicate)

Crystal System: Hexagonal, Trigonal

Composition: SiO2

Form/Habit: Massive, Microcrystalline

Hardness: 7

Cleavage: None

Fracture: Uneven

Lustre: Waxy to Dull

Streak: White

Specific Gravity: 2.7

Transparency: Translucent

R.I: 1.535-1.539

Colour: Orange to red

Causes of Colour: submicroscopic to microscopic inclusions of hydrous Iron oxides

Birefringence: 0.003-0.009

Pleochroism: Absent

Fluorescence: Blue/White