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Carnelian (a variety of Chalcedony)
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Carnelian is named from the Latin word carnis meaning flesh in allusion to its reddish colors.

Discovery year unknown;   IMA status: Not Valid (a variety of Chalcedony)





Chemical Formula:

SiO2 (Quartz) + FeO


Silicon Dioxide + Iron Oxide



More Information




Carnelian is a variety of Chalcedony, Quartz.
For more information please see the
and Quartz information pages.


Canary Stone, Cornelian, Corneol, Mecca Stone, Touchonite

Additional Information:  (Carnelian)  (Chalcedony)  (Quartz)  (Quartz)

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Carnelian Mineral Photos and Locations



is a translucent, reddish-orange variety of Chalcedony which is a type of cryptocrystaline, or fine-grained, Quartz with a fibrous microstructure. Carnelian is colored shades of red, orange or brown by the presence of Iron Oxide (FeO). It is usually translucent to opaque, rarely fully transparent and usually found as cabochons or carvings but may also be faceted. It is a very attractive material with colors of bright orange to deep red.

Carnelian is found in many locations worldwide including Brazil; Mozambique; Arizona and New Mexico, USA.

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