Carnelian is within the crystal highlight as we speak, and on this weblog submit, I’m going to inform you every thing you EVER needed to learn about this attractive + fiery gem.
Earlier than we get began… I’ve received the PERFECT free reward to go together with carnelian as we speak: my Juicy, Inventive Sacral Chakra Guided Meditation.
Traditionally, carnelian has been referenced within the bible as one of many gems that adorned the breastplate of the Excessive Priest and the Breastplate of Aaron.
Anthropologists have additionally discovered carnelian in historical jewellery relationship again to previous Egypt and historical Rome. You’ll typically see wealthy orange-red items inlaid in rings or pendants in museums all over the world.
Or utilized in different distinctive methods…
Carnelian’s Energetic Properties
Carnelian has a fiery vitality to it! In search of some get-up-and-go? Then this can be a nice crystal to work with because it’s identified to assist remove procrastination.
Carnelian is right for serving to us bust by way of laziness whereas enhancing our ardour for getting one thing achieved.
Whereas inviting in creativity it assists you in initiating or “getting going”, encouraging you to take steps in the direction of your desires and no matter lights you up. Plus, it’s additionally a great one for readability of thoughts.
And carnelian helps make choices, so you realize what you must do to get to the subsequent step! It helps you stop overthinking and simply get the job accomplished. Pair it with clear quartz to amplify its vitality. Ka-Pow!
It’s additionally fantastic in case you’re simply feeling sluggish, drained, or low vitality. Sort of like a crystalline shot of espresso!
And in case you’re trying to increase your intercourse drive or confidence… this gemstone is your go-to to work with.
Invigorating Horny-Time Power
Does this sound such as you?
- Drained and drained?
- Poor social abilities? Or low confidence?
- Deny your self of pleasures?
- Lack of ardour, enthusiasm, pleasure?
- Lack of creativity?
- Worry of change?
- Frigidity and/or worry of intercourse?
Then this can be the stone for you!
TIP: Want some inspiration on the right way to work carnelian into your life? Over right here, I’ve listed 5 Easy Methods to work together with your crystals on daily basis.
Carnelian is an all-around booster. Have to amp one thing up? Carnelian to the rescue!
It’s identified to spice up life-force vitality whereas strengthening the immune system, boosting vitality + fortifying the bodily physique.
So, you possibly can choose up a carnelian to offer your immunity a lift any time, particularly if you’re feeling run down or have a chilly approaching. For instance, you possibly can drop a tumbled carnelian stone in your water bottle = Prompt Gem Elixir!
For extra tips about the right way to work with carnelian on this method, plus different gems and herbs to cease a chilly in its tracks, soar over to my weblog: The right way to Kick a Chilly with Crystals.
Carnelian is a considerably translucent, but vibrantly coloured Micro-Crystalline Quartz (aka chalcedony; click on right here in case you’re undecided the right way to pronounce that — the geology trainer in me is form of a stickler on that pronunciation as a result of I so typically hear it mispronounced) and it has a Mohs Hardness of 6.5- 7.
Being it’s micro-crystalline, it doesn’t develop within the form of the same old 6-sided Hexagonal Quartz form with some extent. As a substitute, there are teeny-tiny crystals there, however you possibly can often solely see them beneath a microscope.
Carnelian is kind of straightforward to ID because it’s an invigorating, vibrant, juicy orange coloration; getting its coloration from iron impurities within the quartz. It’s most frequently solidly opaque in coloration with maybe some colorless translucent areas — however typically bordering on technically being an orange agate. (Agates have tell-tale banding on them). As an example, take my GORGEOUS “Jumbo Jupiter” Polished Madagascar Carnelian Sphere beneath (it’s received about 25% agate banding on it).
So, Is it Agate?
As proven above, whenever you see layered colours within the stone, it might even be known as an “agate”… resulting from that translucent banding. It’s possible you’ll surprise, “Properly, isn’t this Hearth Agate and never Carnelian?”
Yeah, it could possibly be named that method. However it’s only a title. If it’s largely non-banded and opaque orange then I’d inform you it’s a correct carnelian… however even carnelian in its “purest type,” you often see a little bit of white or translucency to it. And that white space is simply bits of quartz that didn’t get sufficient of the iron inclusions to show it orange.
For those who’re trying to pull collectively some totally different vibrational frequencies to spark some vibrant carnelian vitality, then I’ve received some suggestions in my weblog submit; Energizing Crystal Combo which incorporates gems and important oils plus an incredible gem elixir smoothie recipe!
Being quartz, it’s a protected stone to make use of for absolutely anything. This implies you don’t must be involved with it being poisonous (in baths or gem elixirs) and water gained’t hurt it. It’s additionally fairly straightforward to get your palms on and comparatively low-cost. A complete “no-brainer” to have in your assortment. 😉
Is it Pretend?
I lately needed to rain on everybody’s parade with the carnelian-trending over on TikTok to allow them to know: that a lot of the carnelian they had been making a hoopla over was DYED or HEATED to attain the colour they had been .
About 90% in the marketplace as we speak shouldn’t be naturally that coloration. 🙁
By way of my many contacts and really dependable geology sources, I’ve confirmed that top proportion. You’ll be able to imagine me or not. (I’ve, understandably, obtained a number of push-back on this).
In fact, I do implore you to do your personal investigating on this. At all times.
So, most carnelian is certainly dyed or heat-treated (to approx. 2900°F or 1,593.33 °C) to realize a extra vibrant orange coloration. Generally it’s an organically sourced dye (vegetable dye or pure pigment) however chemical or iron salts can be used. Carnelian stones are fairly permeable (consider it as a form of sponge) to allow them to simply take up the dye if left to take a seat within the dye bathtub for a number of weeks. The longer it’s left in, the deeper + extra uniform the colour. And that is NOT a brand new apply. It’s been achieved since historical instances.
Now everybody all the time needs some straightforward tips about IDing the faked dyed or baked specimens.
Hate to rain in your parade… once more — however sadly, it’s not very straightforward to inform.
I used to suppose that previous inventory carnelian could be a lot much less prone to be dyed, however since that is an historical apply round because the days of Pliny The Elder, nicely… I’m not so certain that previous inventory is so “virgin” anymore.
SPOTTING DYED OR HEAT-TREATED FROM NATURAL TIPS:
- In case your stone has a extremely even homogenous vibrant orange or reddish coloring, it’s most certainly dyed. or possibly heated to reinforce the colour — Like right here… they freely admit these are dyed.
- Pure carnelian has extra of a cloudy dispersal of coloration (not necessary), slight coloration variations coupled with inclusions + some pure patterning on occasion. That’s a tip-off that it’s extra seemingly pure
Sadly, it’s simply not straightforward to ID the dyed or baked specimens so it’s simply not a precise science. BUT right here’s one thing you are able to do that may work among the time (in case you’re OK with a barely harmful testing methodology):
So a TRUE undyed carnelian will streak check white.
For those who get an orange streak, nicely that’s proof that it’s dyed (or a minimum of the part you examined was saturated in dye).
Now with all that stated about pretend or dyed or heated carnelian:
- Do I nonetheless take pleasure in working with it? I do.
- Do I want it had not been tampered with? I do.
- Do I really feel the energies of the crystal are diminished with non-natural therapies? I do. Barely.
I simply need to be sure you’re well-informed after which you can also make a call from a spot of data. Not tellin’ you to not work with carnelian right here in any respect.
Carnelian is THE stone for Sacral Chakra work.
And the Sacral Chakra, or second chakra (also called Svadhisthana in Sanskrit), positioned in your pelvic space, is all about:
juicy creativity, creating life, creating artwork… creating something in any respect.
Whenever you put something into manifestation/creation mode, it’s all concerning the Sacral Chakra; very watery, juicy, fertile vitality.
Carnelian is our superb stone to assist improve and steadiness our sacral chakra. It resonates with the vibrations of bodily and psychological vitality; creation vitality!
I’ve received the PERFECT reward to go together with this stone as we speak: my Juicy, Inventive Sacral Chakra Guided Meditation.
Creativity and Vitality
As I discussed earlier, in case you want vitality or vitality of any kind, carnelian helps increase that, and it additionally amplifies creativity vitality; that “take-action vitality” — making it an amazing stone for artists, crafters, writers.
One other technique to deliver the properties of carnelian into your vitality subject is to put on crystal jewellery like this juicy pendant beneath, which you’ll often discover fairly inexpensively in any crystal store.
Not for you?
Clearly, I really like carnelian, however I do know it’s not for everybody. And I do know from expertise, my purchasers, and from my college students that some persons are like “Carnelian, oh, I don’t like that stone. It’s not for me.”
For those who’re a kind of folks or know somebody who feels this manner, ask them to take a look at this weblog, as a result of it could be simply what the physician ordered. In fact, it’s alright in case you don’t like carnelian however take into account this …
I discover that the minerals that we’re typically repelled by, typically, are the very ones we’re really speculated to work with. Sort of just like the train we hate probably the most is the one space we have to work on as a result of it’s highlighting a weak point we might have.
Ever surprise if the issues that deliver out the strongest response in us, a technique or one other, constructive or damaging… if these issues must be checked out a bit of nearer?
Meals for thought!
Extra Crystal Correspondences Please!
I hope you’ve loved this highlight on Carnelian. For extra properties, correspondences, and meanings, take a look at these crystal spotlights I’ve achieved:
Now don’t depart with out your reward —
I’ve received the PERFECT FREE reward to go together with this stone as we speak: my Juicy, Inventive Sacral Chakra Guided Meditation.
Inform me within the feedback… do you’ve got a bit of carnelian that you just love? What’s your favourite technique to work with it? Or, is carnelian not for you?