She, loving once and always, wears, if wise,
Carnelian is a translucent reddish-orange variety of microcrystalline quartz. Microcrystalline means that the crystals that make up the mineral are too small to see with the naked eye. Minerals with a microcrystalline structure often have a cloudy, waxy look.
Caring for Carnelian
Most carnelian on the market today is dyed. Dying gemstones is an extremely common and legitimate treatment in the gem trade, but buyers should be honestly informed in order to properly care for their gemstones. Dyed gemstones should never be immersed in chemical cleaning solutions that contain ammonia or other solvents, as the chemicals may alter or remove the stone's color. Ultrasonic cleaners should also be avoided.
Carnelian is named for the Latin word for "flesh" and has been thought to slow the heart rate, stop bleeding, and calm ones temper. Yet, as a red gemstone, carnelian was also thought to have somewhat stimulating effects, such as giving its wearer an ability to speak boldly. Carnelian has also been thought of as a powerful talisman against the evil eye.
Protection from the Evil Eye
Carnelian was a powerful amulet in Islamic traditions, as the prophet Mohammed himself was said to wear a silver pinky ring set with an engraved carnelian. In the East, a common fear was fear of the evil eye of the envious. It was believed that envy could cause harm to the one envied. An Islamic prayer engraved in carnelian asks for protection from the envious evil eye:
Goethe on Carnelian
German poet philosopher Goethe (1749-1832) wrote of the carnelian:
Dreaming of Carnelian
In Victorian times, dreaming of carnelian foretold of impending misfortune.
Birthstone, pre-1900: August
Wear a carnelian or for thee
Wedding anniversary, alternate: 17th
Angel: Sachiel and Hamaliel
Success will bless whate’er you do,
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