Carnelian is a motivating stone associated with vitality, confidence, prosperity and creativity. This gemstone is known for increasing physical energy, personal power and other valued spiritual benefits. Carnelian is a form of chalcedony quartz with an orange-reddish brown color usually ranging from translucent to opaque.

The name “Carnelian” comes from the latin word ‘carnis’ and means “fresh.” It is also known as Mecca Stone, Pigeon’s blood Agate and Sadoine. This stone can be found displaying its stimulating energy in cabochons, earrings, pendants and more. Carnelian’s price and value is very reasonable in all its shades but the most valued are the reddish orange stones. Carnelian is considered a beneficial stone for fertility, passion, courage and protection.

In ancient Egypt, it was used to protect the dead on their journey to the afterlife: Mummies were adorned with Carnelian stones to represent the strength of their Sun God “Horus.” Ancient Romans made Carnelian seals rings for imprinting a seal with wax on correspondence and other important documents. For centuries, many cultures associated Carnelian with good luck and royalty.

Carnelian is also a symbol of love in the iconic Taj Mahal, which is decorated by thousands of these gemstones. This beauty was also used as magical protective amulet. Even today Buddhists in China, India and Tibet believe in the protective powers of Carnelian. Carnelian deposits can be found in India, Brazil, Uruguay, Madagascar, China, Russia, Australia and in many parts of the Western Europe and USA. 

Emotional Benefits:

Carnelian is a stabilizing stone and can help you to restore vitality and motivation. It dispels apathy and motivates you for success. This is a wonderful stone to make positive life choices. Carnelian is a crystal of action, it will assist you to overcome procrastination or indecision. It can bring you strength for everyday challenges, providing the impulse to achieve your dreams and goals.

Carnelian can help you to communicate effectively: it increases creativity and confidence by dissolving creative blockages, mental confusion and lack of courage. Carnelian brings focus to the present moment, helping you to stay grounded and centered in your thoughts and actions.

This stone connects you with Earth and promotes living with enthusiasm and positivity. It can guide you to find your purpose in life. This gem had been used since ancient times as a protective amulet against negativity. Carnelian can help to release toxic energies and anger replacing them for calm, happiness and love. Carnelian is also a great stone to cleanse and keep the high frequencies of other gemstones.

Physical Benefits:

Carnelian is considered useful to improve memory, blood pressure, sexual energy and to treat heart issues and blocked arteries. Carnelian increases the energy and vitality of body and mind. It is known as a positive stone to stimulate the muscles and allow oxygen to flow smoothly within the body. Carnelian can also improve coordination during physical exercises.

On a cellular level, it purifies the blood and benefits circulation. This orange gemstone is recognized for helping to relieve depression and to find our unique place in the world thanks to its positive and stimulating energy. If you suffer from any physical pain, emotional problems or any other ailment, please consult a qualified doctor so they can provide you an appropriate treatment. Crystals are an energetic support but they are never a substitute for medical advice.

Uses and Properties As A Birthstone:

Carnelian is considered in some parts of the world as a birthstone for the month of July. It is associated with Virgo zodiac sign.

Chakra Association:

Orange Carnelian is related to the Sacral Chakra and darker-brown Carnelian is related to the Root Chakra. These are the centers of our sexuality, passion, creativity, grounding and stability.

How to Use/Wear:

Carnelian is an essential gemstone for every crystal collection. To receive its benefits, you can wear it in bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings. These are wonderful options to enjoy its positive energy throughout the day. Carnelian will bring you creativity, passion, confidence and vitality.

You can also carry your Carnelian in your pocket or purse to attract good luck, prosperity and feel protected as ancient cultures did. Place it on your body where you feel most appropriate. For example, on Throat Chakra to improve your communication skills, on the Heart Chakra to enhance love, on the Sacral Chakra to invite more creativity into your life.

Hold in your hand a Carnelian stone during your meditation practices: relax and start practicing conscious breathing while you connect with its energy. You can repeat affirmations according to its properies and your intention: “I am confident”, “I receive new ideas”, “I express myself perfectly” and so on. Using Carnelian at home and office can have many benefits for your personal and professional life. It will promote a calming energy, inspiration, motivation to overcome any obstacle, success, protection and stability.

How to Care for:

Carnelian can be cleansed with warm, soapy water. Just place the gem under running water for a few seconds. If needed, you can also gently clean it with an old nail brush before rinsing and patting it dry with a soft cloth. Do not use any harsh chemicals, ultrasonic cleaners or steamers to clean it.

Avoid leaving your stone near sources of heat or in direct sunlight for long periods of time. Carnelian can fade if exposed to high temperatures. It is recommended to take off your Carnelian during any activity where impacts might occur, as sports, exercising and some household chores as dishwashing. Carnelian has a hardness of about 7 on the Mohs scale. Store it separately from other gems as it might reduce its polish and scratch in contact with jewelry, objects or other gemstones with similar or greater hardness. You can use a soft cloth for wrapping the stone for extra protection.

Are you ready to fill your life with the vibrant energy of Carnelian? 

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