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Beloved Carnelian

The Carnelian is a gemstone surronded by myths. Often orange-red dyed Agats is sold as Carnelians but they are never really clean and evenly coloured. This one on the other hand, is a perfect, marquise shaped Carnelian.


Size: 28x13x7 mm


Origin: Afrika


In stock:  1


Price:  USD 11.20

Carnelian (also spelled cornelian) is an orange to brownish mineral often used as gemstones and belongs to the group kalcedoner. The same is often mixed with Sard (sometimes Sardonyx) generally harder and darker. (The difference is not clearly defined, and the names are often used interchangeably.) The colour can vary greatly, from pale orange to an intense almost-black colour.

Carnelian has been found in Bronze Age layers of Crete in a form that proved that it was used in handicrafts. In Roman times it was used carnelian general to make engraved gems for signet rings for correspondence or other important documents since the hot wax will not stick to carnelian. Sard was used for Assyrian cylinder seals, Egyptian and Phoenician scarabs and early as Greek and Etruscan jewels. The Hebrew name carnelian, akin to similar words in several Romance languages, comes from the medieval Latin corn Eolus, derived from the Latin word cornum, dogwood cherries, whose translucent red fruits resemble stone. Oxford English Dictionary says that carnelian (carnelian), is a corruption of the Latin caro, carnis, meat. According to Pliny the Elder, the SARD gets its name from the city of Sardis in Lydia, but it is more likely comes from the Persian word Sered, which means yellow-red.

Most carnelian processed comes from India, Brazil or Uruguay but is also found in Germany and Siberia.






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