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Carnelian

Carnelian is an A-grade agate. What a lot of people call "true carnelian" is the fiery red/orange color, and in theory, carnelian is naturally that color. However, most of that fiery red/orange "true" carnelian is heat-treated in secret before it reaches the gemstone-cutting factory. This apparently has been a secret for thousands of years; each part of the world thought everyone else's carnelian was naturally red, but they were heating theirs, too. When held against the light, the color-treated carnelian shows its color in stripes, while natural carnelian shows a cloudy distribution of color. The name carnelian is said to be derived from the Latin word carnis ("flesh") due to its color.


Carnelian is one of the alternate birthstones for July, and is popular for both first chakra and second chakra jewelry and amulets.


Ancient Egyptian tombs are full of carnelian jewelry, as the Egyptians believed the gemstone had great power in the afterlife. According to their beliefs, carnelian amulets could help ensure the Ka's (soul's) passage into the next world. Elsewhere in the Middle East, carnelian represents the Hebrew tribe of Reuben and the apostle Philip. In Hebrew literature, carnelian appears as a gemstone in Aaron's breastplate. Some Muslims call it "the Mecca stone." Islamic doctrine holds that engraving the name of Allah on carnelian stones boosts courage. Ancient Greeks and Romans called it sardius and used the gemstone for signet rings, cameos and intaglios, while Tibetans created amulets of silver with generous applications of carnelian. Hindu astrology names carnelian as the secondary stone of Scorpios.


Red carnelian has been used for centuries to stop the flow of blood, and many believe the gemstone will stop nosebleeds. It is said to help heal physical wounds and blood disorders. Ayurveda holds that carnelian is excellent for the first chakra, and the gemstone is thought to bring passion to the wearer. It is recommended for infertility or impotency, and because of its ability to balance, carnelian is good for family areas of the home (especially a bedroom where more than one child sleeps). Deposits of this gemstone are found in Brazil, India, Australia, Russia, Madagascar, South Africa, Uruguay and the U.S.A.


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  • Carnelian Gemstone Beads, Round, 8mm (strand)

    Carnelian Gemstone Beads, Round, 8mm (strand)

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  • Carnelian Gemstone Beads, 16x20mm Faceted Puffed Oval (strand)

    Carnelian Gemstone Beads, 16x20mm Faceted Puffed Oval (strand)

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  • Carnelian Gemstone Beads, Faceted Puffed Square, 12x5.5mm (strand)

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  • Carnelian Gemstone Beads, Faceted Round, 10mm (strand)

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  • Dakota Stones 4mm Carnelian Round Bead Strand

    Dakota Stones 4mm Carnelian Round Bead Strand

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    Rich style fills the Dakota Stones 4mm carnelian round beads. Available by the strand, these beads feature a perfectly round shape. They are small in size, so you can use them as spacers or as accents of color in earrings. Each bead displays a rich...
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  • Dakota Stones 6mm Carnelian Round 8-Inch Bead Strand Dakota Stones 6mm Carnelian Round 8-Inch Bead Strand

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    Bring delectable color to designs with the Dakota Stones 6mm carnelian round beads. Available by the strand, these beads feature a versatile round shape. They are versatile in size, so you can use them anywhere. Each bead displays a rich reddish-orange...
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  • Dakota Stones 8mm Carnelian Round Bead Strand

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    Make sure your design stay colorful with the Dakota Stones 8mm carnelian round beads. Available by the strand, these beads feature a versatile round shape. They are the perfect size for matching necklace and bracelet sets. Each bead displays a rich...
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  • Dakota Stones Carnelian 10mm Round 8-Inch Bead Strand Dakota Stones Carnelian 10mm Round 8-Inch Bead Strand

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    Be inspired by these Dakota Stones Carnelian round beads. Carnelian is a glassy, translucent stone that can appear with such bright orange hues that the ancient Egyptians called it the setting sun. Most deep red Carnelian has been heat treated to darken...
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  • Dakota Stones Carnelian 8mm Large-Hole Round Bead Strand

    Dakota Stones Carnelian 8mm Large-Hole Round Bead Strand

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    Create a display of shining sunset colors in your designs with the carnelian 8mm large-hole round beads from Dakota Stones. Available by the strand, these gemstone beads will amaze and delight with their innovative design. Each bead features a wide...
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  • Dakota Stones Matte Carnelian 4mm Round 8-Inch Bead Strand Dakota Stones Matte Carnelian 4mm Round 8-Inch Bead Strand

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    Put a sophisticated glow of color into your designs with the matte carnelian 4mm round beads from Dakota Stones. Available by the strand, these beads are small and spherical in shape, featuring soft red color with hints of orange. These small bead are...
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  • Dakota Stones Matte Carnelian 6mm Round 8-Inch Bead Strand Dakota Stones Matte Carnelian 6mm Round 8-Inch Bead Strand

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    Glowing warmth radiates from the matte carnelian 6mm round beads from Dakota Stones. Available by the strand, these beads feature a perfectly round shape and a versatile size, alive with soft red color and hints of orange. These beads feature the perfect...
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    Like a setting desert sun, these matte carnelian 8mm round beads from Dakota Stones shine with hot color. Available by the strand, these beads are perfectly round and feature soft red color with hints of orange. These beads are the perfect size to...
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  • Trade Beads, Faceted Agate Tubes, 20-45mm Long - Special Purchase (Each)

    Trade Beads, Faceted Agate Tubes, 20-45mm Long - Special Purchase (Each)

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    Trade Beads We carry an eclectic variety of African beads, both old trade beads and newer beads made or strung in Africa for the world-wide bead trade. Trade beads are old and/or used beads, and will show varying amounts of wear. Newly-made African beads...
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