Thursday, July 21, 2011

Carnelian Gemstones

Carnelian is a lovely gemstone that can be found in a range of colors, from translucent to reddish orange and brownish orange. The fiery sun colors have always led me to think of this gemstone as a summer gemstone.

Believe it or not while used and considered a semi-precious gemstone, it is classified as a mineral. The stones contain both chalcedony and silica. The range of colors can be contributed to the amount of iron oxide that each deposit of mined stones contains.

Carnelian is associated with the 2nd chakra, which is the sacral. Astrological signs that carnelian is associated with is Taurus, Leo, Aries and Taurus. On nontraditional birthstone lists it is considered an August birthstone.

As with all gemstones there are legends, myths and folklore associated with it. Current culture refers to these attributes as metaphysical, new age, esoteric and crystal therapy. While science is still attempting to catch up and have not proved if these ideas have true value or not, here are a few of the attributes.

Surviving in intense heat during creation the carnelian gemstone is thought to be a stone of strength. And assist one in promoting a long life. It is believed to increase one’s energy while wearing the stone.

While at the same time bringing optimism and confidence in one’s life, at the same time it is thought to discourage depression. Enhancing one’s motivation and creativity, creating balance and mental focus within the home are also believed to be accomplished when one wears carnelian.

Carnelian is also a stone of prosperity. Whether it is love, finances, friendship or any other area of life you are currently focusing on. Protection from storms is also attributed to carnelian, which is easy for me to believe as I associate it with the summer months when few storms occur.

I don’t remember where I heard it, but in ancient Egypt it was said to work against anger, hatred and envy. It was also said that an amulet of carnelian was worn, to protect the dead, by the Egyptian goddess Isis.

All health benefits mentioned are informational only. If you are ill seek medical attention from a professional.

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