Madagascar Carnelian Beads
Our Madagascar Carnelian gemstone beads have rich, gorgeous color that ranges from light peach, to vivid orange, to brown. Some of the stones demonstrate a beautiful banding pattern that is often found in members of the agate family. This variety of carnelian is mined in Madagascar.
More About Madagascar Carnelian
It is widely believed that the name Carnelian is derived from the Latin word "carne", which means “flesh”. Egyptian tombs are full of examples of carnelian jewels because the ancient Egyptians believed that carnelian amulets would ensure a safe passage into the afterlife. Carnelian was also highly valued by the ancient Greeks and Romans, who used it for signet rings.
Carnelian is variety of chalcedony (microcrystalline/cryptocrystalline quartz). Its translucent, orangey-red coloration is primarily due to the presence of iron oxide (hematite).