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    Carnelian: Meaning, Metaphysical & Healing Properties

    Carnelian is the crystal of fertility, sex drive, strength and creativity. It's a form of chalcedony that takes its distinctive orange to red color from iron oxide impurities.

    The word carnelian comes from the latin root carnis, which means flesh. This is very appropriate given both its color, and the fact that carnelian works very well to help us appreciate the pleasures of the flesh in all its beauty.

    Affirmation for carnelian

    I am a deeply creative and sensual being and I bring forth my creations and energies with grace and confidence.

    Carnelian: Appearance

    Carnelian is translucent and offers a rich and vibrant color. Outside of the typical orange, dark orange or reddish brown color, it can also be found in pink varieties. It is sometimes found with white streaks running through it.

    Meaning & Metaphysical Properties

    • Carnelian promotes personal power, strength and courage.
    • Carnelian is excellent for sensuality, sexual power and sex drive.
    • It promotes vitality, energy and drive.
    • Carnelian is also great for fertility and maintaining a healthy reproductive system.
    • Carnelian helps with expressing our creative self and to helps us bring our creation to the world.
    • Carnelian is great for work and business-related endeavors as it promotes concentration and the ability to think analytically.
    • On an emotional level, it helps prevent emotions of envy or anger from taking hold within us.
    • Carnelian can be used effectively to cleanse other crystals.

    How to Work With Carnelian

    Here are some ideas on how to work with carnelian in your daily life:

    • Carry a small piece of carnelian in your pocket, which is close enough to your sacral chakra.
    • Place a piece of carnelian on your work desk or near the area where you create art.
    • Meditate with a piece of carnelian just bellow your belly button (the sacral chakra area).
    • Wear it as jewelry (e.g.: bracelet, earrings,...)
    • Note: It can be a good idea to avoid placing carnelian next to your bed, as its energizing properties might prevent you from falling asleep. However, it can also be a good idea to place it near your bed when it comes time for sensuality, intimacy and love-making.


    Carnelian comes mainly from the following countries:

    • India
    • Brazil
    • Russia
    • Madagascar
    • South Africa
    • USA
    • Indonesia
    • UK
    • Iceland
    • Peru
    • Romania
    • Czech Republic
    World map showing where carnelian comes from

    Sard, Agate, Chalcedony? Oh my!

    Sard is another crystal that's very close to carnelian and it can be hard to make up the difference between the two. They are in fact often used interchangeably. It's usually known as sard when the color is really dark, and carnelian otherwise.

    Also, agate or chalcedony is often dyed and heat-treated by gem vendors to mimic true carnelian. It can again be hard to know just by looking at a piece of carnelian, so your best bet will often be the reputation of the vendor.

    • Orange
    • Red/Dark Orange
    • Reddish Brown
    Sacral chakra icon Sacral
    Key Properties
    • Creativity
    • Drive
    • Fertility
    • Confidence
    • Energy-boosting
    • Strength
    • Courage
    • Sexuality
    • Vitality
    Combine with
    • Red Garnet
    • Citrine
    • Kammererite
    Common Forms
    • Tumbled stones
    • Heart-shaped tumbled stones
    • Raw pieces
    • Carnelian: Number 5
    • Sard: Number 6
    SiO2 (Silicon Dioxide) + Fe (Iron)
    Crystal System
    • Taurus
    • Cancer
    • Leo
    Carnelian tumbled stone
    Carnelian tumbled stone


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    Further Exploration

    If you want to further explore about the metaphysical properties and meaning of carnelian, I recommend the following resources:


    Thanks to the following books for their great information about the different properties of carnelian:

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