Gemstone family: Quartz
Composition: Silicon dioxide
Colours: Orange, Red
Mohs hardness: 7
Ground locations: Brazil, India, Scotland, United States
The Egyptian Book of the Dead stipulates that the Carnelian should be placed in tombs on and about the dead bodies as 'magic armour' for life after death, source of renewal and vitality.
Endowed with a lot of character, Carnelian would later still the blood and calm the temper as just as it would give the wearer courage in battle, whether military or eloquent.
Carnelian is believed to foster creativity and repelling sources of negative energies. It helps take control of one’s life by ordering positive energies and showing the right direction.