Unique Birthstone Jewelry
Carnelian is one of the birthstones listed in the ancient
Arabic, Hebrew, Italian and Roman tables and is a Zodiac birthstone
for the signs of Leo and Virgo.
Carnelian is a form of chalcedony,
a member of the quartz family and most Carnelian is heat treated
today to enhance the reddish brown color.
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Folklore suggests that carnelian was used protect the traveler
after death and guard against evil. Carnelian's healing properties
are thought to help purify the blood, relieve menstrual cramps
and back pain. It is also thought to be beneficial in the
treatment of infertility and is worn to enhance passion and
Carnelian is a 7 on the Mohs
scale and has been used for centuries to carve beautiful
cameos. It is found in Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, Russia,
South Africa, and the USA.