Carnelian The Gem For Peace And Calm

Many gem lovers confuse carnelian with agate, so what exactly is carnelian? The truth is that both carnelian and agate are a type of quartz. Technically, you would call these stones as a type of microcrystalline quartz. Carnelian normally has an orange color, this could be a pale orange, medium orange or deeper orange color shade. The orange color of some carnelian stones is so dark, that is exhibits a reddish color hue. Most carnelian gem stones that you come across would be cut with a smooth cabachon cut. The gem stone has a hardness factor of 7 on the Mohs scale, putting it on par with several other gems used in making jewelry.

Carnelian is a gemstone that has been known for many centuries. It is believed that wearing this gem makes one feel calm and composed. When you choose a carnelian gemstone the color will be based on your personal preference. But make sure that the surface does not have any pits or cracks that are visible to the naked eye. Carnelian gems are generally cut flat at the bottom and this makes it easier to mount them. There is a variety of carnelian mined in India that has an impressive transparency but, the demand for such gems in jewelry has remained limited.