Carnelian - July/August Featured Gemstone

Carnelian (sometimes referred to as cornelian) is a variety of chalcedony (quartz). The name of this stone comes from the Latin carnis which means flesh.

The earthy and grounding carnelian comes in many colours, the most powerful ones being deep red and deep orange in hue. The colour reminds the observer of sunset and therefore, since the time of the ancients Greeks, it has symbolized the returning sun.

Deep red Carnelian may be heat-treated and, held against the light, shows stripes, while natural Carnelian shows a cloudy colour.

Want more pep in your life? Keep a carnelian with you and feel the energy flow to you. Carnelian is used for these benefits:


Carnelian has a long and storied past, and was once considered strictly the property of the noble class. Carnelian is amongst the most valuable of the semi-precious stones of the ancient world. Carnelian was beloved of the Egyptians, who believed that it assisted the soul on its journey and had great protective powers in the afterlife. Thus, people holding a high social status were often buried with this gem stone. The Egyptians carried this stone with them as a symbol of regeneration and faithfulness and to calm anger, jealousy and envy. The Pharaohs at this time ascribed the most divine powers to this stone, with which they liked to decorate themselves.

Healing properties of Carnelian

Carnelian has high energy and is an energy booster and stabilizing stone. Carnelian anchors into the present reality and is excellent for restoring vitality. It helps the insecure person to find strength within themselves so they can come into their own. It is also said to increase the appetite.

Although Carnelian does increase the energy flow in any space (or for any body) it does so in a happy and calm way. The energy of carnelian resembles a peaceful, warm afternoon filled with genuine happiness. It is a joyful stone that transmits warmth, protection and inner security to its surroundings. Carnelian has courage, confidence and creativity at its core; all these qualities being combined in a calm and grounded way.

In feng shui, you can often find various amulets and charms made from carnelian and with its rich earthy colour and grounding energy it is much needed in any home or office. Carnelian is also an excellent and affordable choice for good feng shui jewelry.

Carnelian is beneficial for analytic ability, dramatic pursuits, courage, vitality, metabolism, concentration, envy, weak memory, anger, emotional negativity, nosebleeds, infertility, frigidity, impotence, increasing potency, physical wounds, blood disorders, food assimilation, absorption of vitamins and minerals, heart, circulation, blood purification, female reproductive organs, lower-back disorders, rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia, bodily fluids, kidneys, headaches, depression in advanced years and it accelerates healing in bones and ligaments.

Healing and Helping the Spirit

Carnelian's main qualities are energizing and grounding/centering. Carnelian also has protective qualities, and can fill one with warmth, joyful gratitude and a genuine simple happiness.

Carnelian is useful for:

  1. Imparting acceptance of the cycle of life, Carnelian removes fear of death and assists positive life choices.
  2. Overcoming abuse, it helps you trust yourself and your perceptions, overcoming negative conditioning and encouraging steadfastness.
  3. Removing extraneous thoughts when meditating, it tunes daydreamers into everyday reality.
  4. A stone of abundance, it motivates for success in business and other matters.
  5. Activating one's flow of inner power and the sexual energy flow. It is often recommended for women. because it boosts fertility and stimulates sexuality.
  6. Restoring vitality and motivation, and stimulating creativity.
  7. Giving courage, promoting positive life choices, dispeling apathy and motivating for success.
  8. Improving analytic abilities and clarifying perception. It sharpens concentration and dispels mental lethargy.
  9. Protecting against envy, rage and resentment, calming anger, banishing emotional negativity and replacing it with a love of life.
  10. Penetrating with vigour in fulfilling the requirements of the heart and helping us to make the right decisions in our lives and in questions of love and partnership.

Healing the Body

  1. Carnelian treats lower back problems, rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia and depression.
  2. It regulates the kidneys, and accelerates healing in bones and ligaments.
  3. It improves vitamin and mineral absorption.
  4. It improves blood circulation ensuring good blood supply to organs and tissues. People who frequently have cold feet should wear a carnelian chain over the breast, because that activates the circulation and thereby results in a better blood supply right to the extremities. Likewise, as a chain, the skin will be supplied with sufficient oxygen and nutrients too.
  5. If added to the bath water, the regenerating and stimulating powers of carnelian can be very effective.
  6. When laid under the pillow, carnelian acts against sleeplessness and despondency or depression.
  7. When laid on the root or sacral chakra, carnelian creates a special warmth in the abdomen. These oscillations have a healing effect on disorders of the abdomen and have a preventive action during pregnancy.

Cleaning Carnelian

Carnelian should be cleaned and discharged at least once a month under lukewarm, running water. Chains should be discharged overnight in a dry bowl with hematite tumbled stones. Recharging under the sun or in a group of crystals is recommended. Carnelian cannot be overcharged and so can be charged for longer periods of time in the sun. Carnelian has the ability to cleanse other stones.

Sources of Carnelian

Carnelian is found in many places which makes it very affordable. Most of carnelian on the market comes from India, Britain, Iceland and Peru. It is also found in Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Uruguay, Russia, Madagascar, USA, UK, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania.


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  2. The Encyclopedia of Crystals, Judy Hall, Hamlyn, 2006.
  3. The Book of Stones Who They Are and What They Teach, Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian, Heaven and Earth Publishing, 2005.