Carnelian is a member of the chalcedony-group. The name Carnelian (sometimes called Cornelian) comes from the Latin word ‘carnis’ meaning flesh and applies to any agate that is red to reddish-brown or flesh-colored. It is a close relative of sard, differing only in the shade of red.
Carnelian is a typical Virgo-stone. It symbolizes the warm blood of life. Because of its warm color it has the ability to ‘warm’ cold hearted people and is a cure for depression and pessimism.
Carnelian is also a binding and friendship stone, it strengthens family ties. In ancient times, Carnelian was used for seals and family crests.
Carnelian is thought to stop the flow of blood, help wounds heal, and aid in the curing of blood diseases. People with high blood pressure should avoid wearing Carnelian and other orange-red gemstones in general.
It is found in Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, Australia, India and China.