Carnelian is the birthstone for those born in July. Its bold energy brings a rush of warmth and joy that is stimulating and empowering. It is known as a stone of motivation and endurance, leadership and courage.
Carnelian is an orange-coloured variety of Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. Carnelian is a stone of exceeding beauty, with yellow, orange, reddish and brownish hues and silky glow. Deposits have been found in Germany, South America but much of the best Carnelian stone comes from India.
The Romans used it frequently to make seal rings for imprinting the seal with wax on correspondence. They believed it had powers of preservation from lightning, thunderstorm, from vice and enchantment, blood poisoning and fever. In the Far East and throughout Turkey it was considered to be the best of all stones for talismanic purposes. The deep red stones were the ones most prized by Muslims and were engraved with verses from the Koran. Napoleon Bonaparte wore on his watch-chain as a seal, always carrying it about with him during the campaign in Egypt. Ancient Warriors wore Carnelian around their neck for courage and physical power to conquer their enemies.
Carnelian is an energy booster. It increases the levels of energy, promotes inner vitality and joy. Carnelian is known to protect from negative vibrations by transforming them into positive energies. Carnelian is traditionally worn to enhance passion, love, and desire. In ancient times, as well as today, Carnelian is believed to help timid speakers become both eloquent and bold. It helps the insecure person to find strength within them so they can come into their own. It is said to increase the appetite. It is a talisman for success in any money-making venture. In the workplace, it is a crystal of ambition, drive and determination. Carnelian will help you understand your inner world.
Carnelian is a stabilizing crystal, perfect for anchoring in the present. Its high energy helps restore lost vitality and motivation, and stimulates creativity for new pursuits. This stone also protects against envy, rage, and resentment – yours or from others and encourages a love of life. It is useful for overcoming abuse of any kind, helping you to trust yourself and your perceptions.