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Carnelian Gemstone



Carnelian (also sometimes referred to as cornelian) is found primarily in India, as well as various sites in South America. It is a variety of chalcedony. The most favorable pieces are a deep red to red-orange hue.

Carnelian has a long and storied past, and was once considered strictly the property of the noble class. People holding a high social status were often buried with this gem stone.

Increases physical energy, personal power, confidence, motivation, concentration, boldness, initiative, dramatic abilities, assertiveness, outgoingness,  precision, analysis, analytical, appetite, awareness of feelings, emotional warmth, sociability, creativity, curiosity, inquisitiveness, compassion, individuality, memory, appreciation of nature, harmony, courage, action, happiness, self-esteem, rebirth, reincarnation and past life recall.

A stone of ambition and drive, Carnelian is also a Power Stone.   Excellent career stone, it is very helpful in making choices and decisions.  Self Motivator.  Carnelian is the most powerful ACTION stone for focusing, realization and self-actualization.   Reminds one to be “in the moment”.


Like Moss Agate, Carnelian  stimulates analytical capabilities and precision.   Activates and energizes personal power, revealing or discovering hidden talents by stimulating your curiosity and inquisitiveness.   Long revered for its healing, spiritual and creative qualities.

Carnelian is a survivor’s stone. Protects the user from all negative emotions. Wonderful protective energy over rage, resentment, bad tempers, and anger in self and from others.

 It helps one banish sorrow or depression.  Grounds energy and attention into the present.   Use with citrine on lower 3 chakras.

In the Eastern cultures, Carnelian  was favored for Strength.

Acceptance: This stone calms our fears about death and rebirth, bringing serenity and acceptance of the great cycle of life. Guards against depression.

Career Success: A stone of ambition and drive. Assists in decision making.

Confidence: It inspires a positive courageous confidence, and gives us extra courage to make healthy choices.

Protection: Protects the user from all negative emotions, especially rage, envy, and fear. Encourages love with family members and relatives.  Pink carnelian is particularly good for parent to child relationships, and parent to parent.

Creativity: Balances creativity and mental processes.  Assist one in the creative arts and theater.  Helps remember lines and lyrics by attracting the right words and instilling confidence, while enhancing creativity, individuality and courage.

Energy: Help to increase physical energy, including sexual energy.  Beneficial HEALTH stone.

One of the stones on Aarons breast plate of judgment (Exodus: xxviii, 15-30)

Carnelian is known to increase vitality and metabolism. It is associated with the 2nd Chakra or the Spleen Chakra and acts as an energy booster and increases confidence and brings balance and harmony to life.

This stone is known for its ability to influence the reproductive organs and is used for treating conditions like infertility, menstrual cramps, impotence and frigidity. This gem is said to enhance passion and desire. It is also said to increase appetite. Carnelian is also used for treating depression, rheumatism, asthma, back pain, kidney stones, skin problems, blood disorders and insomnia.


This stone is also known to negate anger and negative emotions and replace it with positive energy. This stone assists in the purification of blood and improves the absorption of vitamins and minerals. It is also known to stop the blood flow from wounds and help in healing.

The Egyptian’s combined this stone with TURQUOISE and LAPIS LAZULI to  enhance its power. They believe it prevented anger, envy and hatred.

Carnelian helps the insecure person to find strength within them so they can come into their own. It is said to increase the appetite.

Keep a carnelian with you and feel the energy flow to you.

Carnelian jewelry is okay as everyday wear jewelry. However, like all other gemstones, it should also be protected from hot temperatures, exposure to chemicals and blows. To clean off the dirt, immerse the jewelry in lukewarm soapy water for 10 to 15 minutes and scrub using a soft brush. Clean thoroughly with plain water and dry using a soft towel.

Star Stone: Virgo also Aries, Taurus

Planet: Mars

Energies: Power, Healing

Vibrates to the numbers 5 and 6 Element: Fire

Chakra: Second Chakra – Spleen

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