Carnelian is a reddish and orange variety of Chalcedony Quartz. You’ll find it used in cameos and beads or cut as cabochons. It can often be found in antique jewelry and can be uniform in color or faintly banded.
The name Carnelian comes from a Medieval Latin word cornelius which is derived from the word cornum – cornel cherry. The red variety of the gem dates from the Early Neolithic period (Bulgaria), but was also recovered from Bronze Age Minoan layers (Crete) where Cretans used it in decorative arts.
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Carnelian comes in various shades of deep orange or light red because of the presence of iron oxide. The best Carnelian stones are said to be from India where people place it in the sun to assist a change from brown to tints of orange and red.
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