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Madagascar Carnelian Beads

Our Madagascar Carnelian gemstone beads have rich, gorgeous color that ranges from light peach, to vivid orange, to earthy brown. Some of the stones demonstrate a beautiful banding pattern. For a similar look, try our natural carnelian gemstone beads. For carnelian with a deeper, more uniform red color, try our Carnelian gemstone beads. The origin of the name Carnelian is ancient and mysterious. The name Carnelian could be derived from the Latin word "carne", which means “flesh”. Another theory claims that the “cornel” cherry could be the source of the name. There is also a similar-sounding Persian word meaning yellow-red. Carnelian has been utilized for decorative arts for at least 7,000 years! 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 a variety of chalcedony (microcrystalline/cryptocrystalline quartz). The translucent, orangey-red coloration is primarily due to the presence of iron oxide. This variety of carnelian is mined in Madagascar.

Carnelian is an alternative birthstone for August. Metaphysically, it is believed to enable confidence and creativity.

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