Virtues in lithotherapy, characteristics and history


Carnelian , also called sardoine or carneol, is a variety of red chalcedony . Its color ranges from orange to red. It acts on the sacral chakra, called Svadhisthana in Sanskrit.

It is a fine stone (formerly a semi-precious stone, but this designation has been banned).

Characteristics of carnelian

Main deposits
Brazil, India, Madagascar, Uruguay
From light pink to brown red, through vermilion red and orange
Hardness (Mohs scale) 6.5 - 7: scratches the glass
Chemical composition
Silicon dioxide: SiO 2

crystal system

Trigonal (Rhombohedral)


Sacral Chakra (Second chakra, "Svadhisthana")

Trace elements


Astrological signs

Capricorn, Virgo, Aries, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, Taurus

Purification and Recharging

Purify carnelian

Recharge Carnelian

Carnelian can be purified with pure water, pure salt, or salt water .

For pure salt purification, we advise you to use the indirect purification method

Purification in a pure water bath requires leaving the stone for about 4 to 5 hours in its bath. To purify your carnelian with salt water , you must leave it in the bath for 2 to 3 hours .

Carnelian can be recharged in sunlight .

You can leave your stone for 2 to 3 hours in a room bathed in light.

Avoid long exposure to direct sunlight.

You can also recharge your carnelian on a cluster of rock crystal .

Recharging on rock crystal takes about 1 hour and can be done day or night.



On an emotional level

Carnelian is a stone that brings joy and spontaneity .

It absorbs negative energies by diffusing its reassuring and beneficial heat, which makes it a soothing stone against anger and negative emotions .

It helps to remove the blockages of the intimate sphere and to harmonize the needs and desires , current as intimate.

It is a stone of self- confidence, self -esteem and creativity , which absorbs dissipated thoughts , thus promoting concentration and memory .

She also brings a great sense of responsibility .

Carnelian bracelet 8mm
Bracelet Carnelian 6mm

On a physical level

Carnelian promotes erection in men and fertility in women.

In addition, its silicon content would have an action on the purification of the body's liquids , thus activating the body's defenses and the memory of the interstitial liquid .

On a spiritual level

Carnelian acts on the sacral chakra, Svadhisthana , the seat of the self. This chakra represents sexuality and procreation , art , vitality . Carnelian is an excellent stone for peaceful meditation .

Carnelian refocuses your spirituality to place life in its midst . It also allows to elevate the soul thanks to the pleasure of the body.

COLOR Properties


The orange color symbolizes life , renewal , rebirth .

It is a color that is attached to all the actions that give life : whether it is the conception of a child , or the birth of a project , an artistic work .

Orange gives an essence to all creation , it represents the pleasures of life and helps us to enjoy the present moment .


Red is a strong color .

It often represents courage , motivation and ambition . Red pushes to action , to commitment in our life and our projects.

It is a dynamic color that traditionally represents fire or blood .

The color red is therefore associated with war and danger. But also and above all to energy , determination , strength , power .

Fire is also passion , love and desire . While the blood takes on a sacred and mystical dimension .

History & traditions

The name carnelian has two potential etymologies: it would derive from the Latin carneus , fleshy, or else from the cornouille, the berry of the male dogwood tree which is called in Latin Cornus mas (from the Latin cornu , horn) because its wood is as hard as of the horn. In the Middle Ages, it was called carneolus .

Carnelian was very abundant in India and in the Egyptian desert. The first carnelian artifacts date back to 7000 or 6000 BC. AD: it was used to make amulets, jewelry, seals and to decorate furniture and coffins.

The Egyptians and Persians buried the dead with carnelian amulets as they believed it protected the dead. Carnelian beads have also been found in the royal tombs of Ur in southern Iraq.

Carnelian was highly valued by the Greeks and Romans, they engraved it and made jewelry from it.

It was also used to make intaglios, like the two large intaglios which are present on the cover and on the back of the Book of Hours of Francis I.

From a medical point of view, carnelian was used in the Middle East and Europe to protect against the plague. In the Far East, it was considered capable of preserving health problems.

Today, carnelian is mainly used in lithotherapy and jewelry, and little in art.

Lithotherapy is an alternative energy therapy, the indications given do not in any way constitute medical advice, they are taken from cultures and reference works in the field. For any medical problem we invite you to consult your doctor. Never stop treatment without medical advice.

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