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Deep rich colour.
8mm Approx. 25 on approx. 8 inch (20.32 cm) strand. (strand)
Another stone with an ancient and fascinating history. Carnelian is a variant of Chalcedony. Carnelian was traditionally used to make signet rings with a carved seal for use with sealing wax, as the hot wax did not stick to the stone. Carnelian is colour-enhanced by baking for days in an oven, buried in rice husks. Its beautiful, fiery reds and oranges come from iron oxides in the stone.
Metaphysically and historically - the Greeks and Romans particularly valued Carnelian and believed that it could calm bad temper or "still the blood."
It is a medium hard stone - with a hardness of 6.5, and takes a particularly high gloss when polished. However - the hot new trend is now matte finished stone. When finished to a matte finish - Carnelian's translucency gives it as soft, inner glow. Matte-finish stones are particularly fine in men's jewelry - where a glossy stone may be seen as being "too glitzy."