Introduction to Carnelian
Known as an artist's stone, the Carnelian crystal is a warm, vibrant stone that boosts confidence and the power of true expression. Just ask Adele, the Grammy winning singer who can't perform without her collection of gemstones, including the revered Carnelian crystal properties. Made from the most widely available microcrystalline quartz, this bright and cheery version of Chalcedony gets its brown and orange red specks, bands, and stripes from iron impurities, which look best when polished.
In ancient Egypt, polished Carnelian crystal was a favorite contrast with Onyx and Lapis Lazuli used in collars and necklaces designed for royalty. The ancient Romans were also known to use large Carnelian stones set in gold for men and women's rings. Because of its hardness of 7, the Carnelian crystal stone was also carved into cameo rings that depicted personal emblems or figures of gods, a popular fashion trend in second century CE.