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Carnelian Sphere 5.3cm
Carnelian crystals for sale from Madagascar.
This lovely Carnelian Sphere measures 5.3cm in diameter and has been hand-polished to enhance its fierce, fiery colours.
The semi precious gemstone showcases an array of hues ranging from volcanic reds to burnt orange hues contrasted with creamy whites.
Atop this base of vibrant colour, the stone also displays some interesting banded Carnelian Agate patterns and orbs.
Please note: this piece displays some natural pits and cavities on its otherwise smooth, polished surface.
What Is Carnelian Made Of?
Carnelian is a form of Chalcedony generally coming in red, orange or amber colours, but it can be banded as well which is then Carnelian Agate.
Chalcedony is a subset of the large Quartz family of minerals.
All types of Quartz are composed from silica (otherwise known as silicon dioxide), but differ due to their crystal structures.
Chalcedony gems are microcrystalline in structure, which means you can't see the crystals inside the stone.
Why Is Carnelian Red And Orange?
The distinctive fiery colours present in Carnelian are caused by iron impurities within the Quartz.
Where Does Carnelian Come From?
Carnelian is found in various locations around the world, including India and Brazil.
This particular piece was sourced from Madagascar.
This semi precious gem has been used throughout the ages.
Carnelian In Neolithic Period
Beads made of red Carnelian have been discovered in Bulgaria dating back thousands of years BC to the Neolithic Period.
Carnelian, along with Lapis Lazuli, is one of the oldest gems to be first used in jewellery.
Carnelian In Ancient Greece And Rome
Thousands of years ago, the Romans prized this gem, otherwise known as Cornelian, to make seals and rings.
The Ancient Greeks and Romans commonly used it to make Carnelian intaglios.
Carnelian was used for decorative purposes as well throughout these eras.
Carnelian In Ancient Egypt
In Ancient Egypt, Carnelian was an important material used to make scarabs.
This red-orange stone was called the Setting Sun and was believed to energise the spirit.
Carnelian Crystal Healing Powers
This orange stone has the same fiery energy suggested by its vibrant colours.
Carnelian is thought to incite excitement and passion in its user, helping them to progress in creative projects and form strong relationships.
Imagination is enhanced by Carnelian, helping its user to dream big and have the bravery to follow their dreams.
A stone for warriors, this orange gem is said to boost one's confidence and give you courage.
This orange gemstone is heavily associated with the Sacral Chakra.
This chakra is the centre of creativity and pleasure, and therefore Carnelian can be used with it to bring fun and enjoyment to one's life.
How To Use Carnelian
- Place a piece on the sacral chakra (just above the belly button) to improve your creativity.
- Hold a piece in your hand and meditate with it to boost your confidence and bravery.
- Display a piece in your home and workplace to enhance your enjoyment of daily activities and passion for life.
How Hard Is Carnelian?
Measuring 7 on the Mohs scale, this mineral is relatively hard and durable and resistant to scratching, but care should still be taken not to damage the crystal surface.
This mineral has a similar hardness to other Chalcedony gems such as Jasper and Agate.
To clean the crystal, simply use water and dry it afterwards with a soft cloth.
This Carnelian Sphere would be ideal for the collector or healer, and makes a stunning display piece.
Buy Carnelian online now at Madagascan Direct.