|These stones are a wonderful example of the Carnelians Botryoidal shape and the waxy luster that makes it so desirable. These beautiful specimens can be purchased from |
Anyway, I am happy to be back and to have the satisfaction of completing my portion of a project for my company and now it is time for Saturday's Gem; Carnelian. Carnelian is a beautiful semi-precious gem that comes in a variety of red to warm brown hues. The darker browns are known as Sardonyx but there is not a sharp distinction between the two gems, so I am going to put them together.
Carnelian is a categorized with chalcedony which is a microcrystalline quartz which simply means that the make up is of tiny crystals giving it a more soft look rather than the sharp look of crystal quartz. Where crystal quartz (macrocrystalline) will create distinct and sometimes large crystal points (i.e. Amethyst,) a microcrystalline such as Carnelian will form more of a massive or globular shaped gem stone. Another way to distinguish Carnelian from other quartz is its "waxy" luster versus a sharp crystal sparkle. Often the coloration is in bands of brown and when it is broken it has an uneven fracture.
|This gorgeous necklace shows a perfect example of the banding found in the Carnelian stone. The necklace can be purchased from ETSY shop CC Stiel at |
they have many fine pieces of jewelry so please stop by.
One of my favorite pieces that are created with the Carnelian stones are cameos. Not all cameos have the striking white picture with a dark background, these are often made from other semi-precious gems (such as agate and onyx) and shells. But the Carnelian cameos have a very delicate subtlety to them and while the carved images may not jump out at you as do the others they are equally beautiful. Some Carnelian cameos may have a stronger contrast it just depends on the stone that was carved.
|This exquisite pendant is a perfect example of the subtlety that I was mentioned above. This beautiful vintage piece can be purchased from City Details at|
|This Gorgeous ring is a perfect example of how the artist chose the stone for its layers and the potential for a striking and contrasting piece. The white layer is carved back to expose the colorful Carnelian. You can purchase this amazing Antique piece from Art4U2Buy at |
Here are some of the ETSY treasures I found using this wonderful stone.