Carnelian ranges in color from a pale orange to nearly black and has a silky luster, giving it a beautiful finish. A variety of the silica mineral Chalcedony, Carnelian gets its color from iron oxide and is thought to have been named after the color of the kornel cherry. According to scripture, Carnelian was 1 of the 12 gemstones worn on the breastplate of Aaron, the first high priest of the Israelites. This stone is primarily mined in India and South America but can also be found in Brazil, Africa, and the United States.
Carnelian is believed to bring good luck. According to legend, Mohammed and Napoleon wore a Carnelian seal as a lucky charm. It is also believed that Carnelians remind us to “be in the moment” and are prized as a stone of protection from anger, jealousy and fear. It is believed to help the wearer in finding a soul mate and calm fears about death, bringing serenity and acceptance in life. Physically, this stone is said to help with digestive problems and reduce pain associated with the abdomen.