Through the ages, people believe in the power of gemstones. Studying the carnelian I discovered that the power of this red to orange to brownish gemstone is very powerful. One does not only admire the carnelian for its healing but this gemstone of kings gives also strength and luck. Do you believe in the power of the carnelian?

The earliest favorite gems

With the lapis lazuli, the carnelian was really popular from about 5000 BC until now. Both gemstones were worn as a talisman and used for jewelry and seals. As lapis lazuli is associated with heaven, this gemstone became popular with the priests. The carnelian is associated with kings and nobility, due to the blood-like color and this gemstone symbolized health and luck. Something kings could use during fights.

This orange agate necklace is made of agate and canelian, combined with silver chips.

This orange agate necklace is made of agate and canelian, combined with silver chips.

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Very old

Already about 5000 years BC people used the carnelian as a seal. The gemstone could be carved rather easily, due to its softness. Since most people, even kings, could not read and write, they used their seal to acknowledge truths, deals, and orders.

Carnelian seal rings are found in Bulgaria and in Egypt and even in India.

The carnelian is not my piece of cake

In literature, you find that the carnelian is all about vibrancy, about energy and the desire or adventure. My husband will get desperate if I am going to wear jewelry with a carnelian. He already thinks I have too much energy and my too (according to him) adventurous mind brings us through the whole world, searching for gemstones.

Well, the carnelian gemstone gives protection against lack of energy, gives you an adventurous mind and leads you through boredom and anxiety.

This orange carnelian necklace is made of agate and carnelian, finished with a magnetic clasp

This orange carnelian necklace is made of agate and carnelian, finished with a magnetic clasp

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Carnelian wonders

In Ancient Times carving the carnelian was reasonably often done by the jewelry makers of the nobility. But when the powerful empires in the Middle East disappeared the knowledge and the craftsmanship of the craving disappeared.

The carved gemstones were a subject tot rade and ended up in Europe. Scholars, from the Middle Ages in Europe, who got hold on these carved stones thought they were natural wonders. And they tried to explain these ‘natural’ inscriptions and added superficial power to them.

In the book of Wings, written by Ragiel, says: ‘A man with a sword in his hand, on a carnelian, preserves the place where it may be from lightning and tempest, and guards the wearer against vices and enchantments’. And more fun things were ‘read’ from these carvings.

orange carnelian silver bracelet

orange carnelian silver bracelet

Gem language

In the English and French courts in the 18th century used a secret and symbolic ‘gem language’ to send secret messages. Since the carnelian symbolized luck and health, the carnelian was used often for sending the messages.

I already stated that you can carve the carnelian rather easy. So the nobility ordered from their jewelry makers brooches and pins with a carved carnelian. In the gemstone, the first letters of sentiment or feeling were carved, like LOV or LUC. When you wore that brooch on a dinner party, somebody special knew what you want to say to him.

But you had to have your fingers crossed that not the wrong person saw the letters on your brooch and interpreted it wrong. Sorry, my imagination is running away with me here.

But you have to believe in the power of the carnelian.

Napoleon Bonaparte and his nephew Napoleon III believed in the power of the carnelian. Napoleon III wore a carnelian seal on his watch chain. He gave that seal to his son Louis Napoleon and ordered him to wear it.

Louis Napoleon did what his father ordered, but he absolutely did not believe in that superstitious nonsense. And that was a stupid thing to do for him.

In 1879 he was at war with the Zulu’s in South Africa and the Zulus beat the hell out of him and his army. And he did not survive the slaughter, besides that his carnelian seal was stolen from his crops.

The lesson from this story is that whether you are a prince, a king or an alchemist, you have to believe in the power of the gemstone, otherwise, it will not work.

So I ask you again: ‘do you believe in the power of the carnelian’ ?

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