A carnelian is an orange-red variant of Chalcedony. It can be translucent to milky. In some cases, parts of the stone are lighter than others. A carnelian with a pale center that gradually fades into a dark-colored exterior is not uncommon. In bright light, stripes appear in different colors! A natural carnelian shows a cloudy color distribution. On the Mohs scale, it has a hardness between 6.5 and 7. Carnelian is named after the cornel-cherry because of its color.
Spiritually, a carnelian stands for grounding, stabilization, vitality and motivation. It symbolizes strength, energy and perseverance. They say it's a protector against negative energy from other people.
Carnelian belongs to the constellations Aries, Cancer, Leo and Virgo. Read more about which gemstones belong to zodiac signs here!