Carnelian Crystals (Uruguay)
Size Range (cms) : 1.5 - 3.1
Carnelian Tumbled Stones from Uruguay
Rich orange brown coloured carnelian crystals from our exciting collection of rocks and minerals. Highly polished and incredibly tactile, these tumbled stones were produced from material mined in Uruguay.
Although the colour of carnelian can vary, stones mostly occur in shades of orange to orange brown. A translucent crystal with a vitreous lustre, carnelian is a variety of the mineral chalcedony which occurs in agate. Stones that exhibit a very deep shade of orange which can in some cases look almost black, are correctly known as sard. There's not a huge difference in the chemical makeup of the two materials except carnelian tends to be very slightly softer. With that said, carnelian grades 7 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness which is still pretty hard.
Gemstones are an important part of Islamic tradition especially when worn in a ring. The Holy Prophet Muhammad is believed to have worn a carnelian stone in a signet ring. Although commonly referred to as aqeeq which can mean 'quartz' or 'agate', in religious texts it's widely referred to as an "Abyssinian stone". Abyssinia is modern day Ethiopia so there's a great deal of confusion surrounding its exact identification. The stone is generally believed to have been carnelian. The ring was worn to commemorate the removal of idols from the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 630 AD.
On a metaphysical level carnelian is considered to be a stone of power that can be used to protect against negative energies that we encounter every day. Judy Hall author of the Crystal Bible series recommends carnelian be used to clear the sacral chakra. Also known as 'svadhisthana' in Hindu Tantrism, this chakra is the energy field for emotions, deep feelings and for stimulating pleasure. It can become blocked by fear and especially the fear of death.
The sacral chakra is responsible for creativity, unleashing desire and boosting confidence.
In the ancient world crystals were used as 'prescriptions" for improving health. According to some records carnelian, bloodstone and green aventurine are the three earliest stones to have been used for this purpose. Carnelian was recommended for cleansing and restoring liver and kidney function and today in crystal healing, a practitioner may well recommend these same three stones.
We have included empathic warrior crystals in this listing but availability is usually limited. Empathic warriors are stones which have at some point in time sustained minor damage, often a small chip or fracture. With rocks and minerals having evolved over millions of years we do not believe in throwing them away. These pieces are available to buy at a significantly reduced price. More information can be found in the following article.
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