Carnelian has a long history dating back over 4500 years. The name carnelian comes from the Latin word Carneus, which means fleshy, a reference to the color of the stone which it gets from Iron Oxide. Ancient Egyptians regarded the carnelian as a sunset enclosed in stone and called it ‘the setting sun’.
The known use of Carnelian can be traced back to Sumerian and Egyptian craftsmen who used the stone in jewelry making. Ancient Romans and Greeks had a keen interest in Carnelian and used it for engraving.
The use of Carnelian as a healing stone dates back to the Middle Ages. During this time period, healers often used it to help ease the tension and stress of Viking marauders.
During a battle in Egypt, Napoleon found a Carnelian stone on the battlefield, which he kept and wore regularly thereafter. The stone became an heirloom which was passed on to his nephew after his death.
Carnelian is an excellent stone for creating a protective shield against negativity. It is also known to be a wonderful touch stone for artists, enhancing creativity.
Carnelian is mined in the USA, South Africa, Brazil, Uruguay, Botswana, Madagascar, Germany, Slovakia, Scotland, and the UK.
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