Large Carnelian Heart
Some of the oldest examples of jewelry contain this translucent reddish orange chalcedony and it has held a presence in the myths and world history of ancient civilizations. The name is said to be derived from the Latin word cranes meaning flesh due to its color. Egyptians believed the stone had great power in the afterlife and so revered the stone that it was one of the three stones most often used in their jewelry. The various shades of red due to the presence of iron oxide are said to still the blood, calm the temper and renew vitality. Carnelian is found throughout the world, the most renowned mines being in India, Brazil, Uruguay, and Japan.
The heart has long been used as a symbol to refer to the spiritual, emotional, moral, and intellectual core of human being. As the heart was once widely believed to be the seat of the human soul, the word heart continues to be used poetically to refer to the soul, and stylized depictions of hearts are used as prevalent symbols representing love, friendship and an openhearted attitude, which many believe heightens the metaphysical effects of the stone.
This polished deep red Carnelian heart from Madagascar is beautifully made and would be a wonderful addition to your collection.