Gems for Friendship – Respect – Carnelian
A vital part of any friendship is respect – both the respect you have for your friends and the self-respect you have for yourself. Without both there can be no true affinity between you.
Carnelian instills self-esteem as well as feelings of fraternity or brotherhood with your friends. With bonus attributes such as sociability, emotional warmth and awareness of the feelings of others, carnelian is a great all-round gemstone for friendship.
Discussing the history of Carnelian could make an entire article by itself. The first recorded mines can be traced back 5000 years to Gujarat in India while the architects of Egypt’s iconic pyramids wore carnelian to signify their skills and authority.
Carnelian is one of the few gemstones acknowledged by the Islam religion as the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) wore a carnelian ring which acted as a seal for important document.
Both the Taj Mahal of India and the Chapel of St Wencelas in Prague are decorated with thousands of Carnelian gemstones.
Where is Carnelian found?
India was, and still is, the foremost supplier of Carnelian but Brazil, Uruguay and Madagascar are also big producers.
What jewelry is Carnelian suitable for?
Carnelian is rated at 7 on Mohs hardness scale which makes it strong enough for all jewelry items including daily wear pieces.