Carnelian, or cornelian as it is also known, is a member of the chalcedony family of gemstones. Iron oxide impurities are responsible for carnelian’s deep rouge array of color. Carnelian acts as an umbrella term for related gemstones with varying red shades, from darker jasper to lighter sardonyx. Ancient folklore suggests carnelian was thought to heal physical wounds and impede bleeding. Carnelian can be cleaned with warm soapy water and a soft brush to preserve its beauty and luster.
Countries of Origin: Brazil, India, Uruguay, Italy