Today I am going to tell you the story of a beautiful mineral that is known in society as the stone of fidelity. Have you ever heard of this?
The color of this mineral is related to the blood, and thanks to this, since ancient times it is believed that its numerous benefits are due to maintaining the improved flow of vital energy force through the blood.
This beautiful mineral is considered a gem or semiprecious stone with tonalities similar to the sun, the most frequent of them are the red color, brown, or reddish orange, this characteristic is given by the presence of iron in it. When you look at a cornelian stone you will notice that it has a vitreous glow and very particular white stripes that give a very beautiful aestheticism and can transmit happiness. With a trigonal crystal system, it has a density of 2.59 to 2.61 kg/dm3 and its hardness is approximately 7 on the Mohs scale .
This gem can be carved in many ways, often facetted or table carved, but the most recurrent is the cabochon and sphere carving. It is perfect for pendant carving works, cameo or stamps and for the production of artistic objects such as candelabra bases, cases and statuettes.
In the past, cornelian was imitated with colored glass; today, it is sometimes imitated with artificially colored agate using a mixture of iron-based nitrates.
The most notable cornelian deposits are found in Brazil, Uruguay, India, but also in Madagascar, Egypt, Yemen and Indonesia.
Cornelian deposits can be found in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, United Kingdom and in the United States.
In other parts of the world, beautiful specimens can be found: Germany, Georgia, Arabia, Mongolia and California in the United States, but the best specimens in the world come only from the mines of India. The cornelian is simply distinguished from other chalcedonies, thanks to its color, although it is possible to confuse it sometimes with some opals or agates. Its hardness, density and resistance to acids make it distinguishable from other types of minerals.
Cornelian is one of the most beautiful and admired chalcedonies, and it is related to quartz. I mentioned earlier only the physical characteristics of this gem. I’m sure that after knowing all its wonders you will want to surround yourself with it to know it very well.
Cornelian, like the other varieties of chalcedony, is generally found inside rock cavities and in deposits formed by low temperature hydrothermal fluids (generally between 10 and 50 degrees Celsius) saturated with silica, giving rise to strata or concretions.
The name of carnelian or cornelian is a word derived from the Latin “carnis” which means “meat”. That term refers to its color similar to that of meat. However, the word is related to words in other languages; for example, the medieval Latin word “corneolus”, which derives from the Latin word “cornum”, which in turn is related to Cornel Cherry, whose fruits are very similar to stone.
At first, I told you that it is known as the “Stone of Loyalty”, you thought we wouldn’t tell you why; today’s idea is to discover the whole history of this mineral. Cornelian is known as the stone of fidelity because its color resembles sunsets, and like them, it always returns.
The cornelians are beautiful energetic and stabilizing stones that possess an enormous energy level, being its most important contribution the vitality that it offers to the one who carries it. If we add the motivation and the creative stimulation that it offers you, it immediately becomes the perfect companion for those who need a small push to begin to live their life as they deserve it.
The cornelian, among many other properties, will allow you to change from inside to outside, it is an emotional journey that we invite you to discover.
If you are going through a moment of emotional decay, confusion, doubt, or just love the stones, join us in this beautiful story.
The cornelian has been present in the world for approximately 8000 years, which is where we have the first records of work done with this stone.
Cultures and civilizations such as the Romans, Phoenicians or Greeks were accompanied by this gem on a daily basis for various uses, such as the production of seals to sign official documents. The oldest stories date back to the Egyptians who gave it a truly symbolic origin, and went beyond the decorative use of this beautiful stone.
Cornelian: Mesopotamia and the Egyptians
Yes, the bloodstone has always been admired and used by ancient civilizations, but there is no doubt that Mesopotamia managed to leave a mark, equally for the Egyptians. From the royalty of Ur (the capital of Mesopotamia in prebiblical times) this stone got a place among the multiple gems. In Mesopotamia, archaeological excavations have discovered royal tombs with jewels and adornments inlaid with cornelian, because for them it was a stone of peace and light. They considered it their amulet, so why would they abandon them in their death?
For the Egyptians, in addition to its reputation as a protective stone for the pharaohs, it guaranteed the passage of the soul of the deceased to the afterlife. This would explain the amulets and the cornelian jewels that adorned the mummies of the time.
Cornelian is present in several ancient myths such as the famous Gilgamesh epic. The Romans, who highly valued this stone, turned it into very delicate casts.
For the ancient Egyptians, cornelian was the red symbol of life linked to specific religious practices. In this stone, sacred animals were carved, such as the ram of Amon and the hawk Horus (symbol of the sun). It used to be set with turquoises and lapis lazuli to reinforce its power.
Bronze Age cornalines were recovered from Minoan sites at Cnossos in Crete and were used as decorative art around 1800 BC .
Sardinian was used by the Assyrians for cylindrical seals, by the ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians in scarabs and was also used as gems by the first Greeks and Etruscans.
Early Christians, out of fear of persecution and in order to identify among themselves, used cornalines engraved with the symbols of their faith, such as fish, boats, crosses or palms.
In the Lapidary of Alfonso X the Wise, it is established that the cornelian has “three great and good virtues” and that its color is an expression of the mysterious forces of the soul.
The stone of the Goddess Isis
The goddess Isis: She was one of the nine goddesses that make up the Enead. She was particularly recognized for containing all the attributes of the other goddesses of Egypt. She was one of the nine divinities adored and associated with the creation myths in Heliopolis (capital of the Nome XIII of Lower Egypt).
At that time, it was believed that she helped the dead enter the afterlife and was considered the divine mother of the pharaoh, who was identified with the god Horus. Her maternal help was invoked in healing songs to benefit ordinary people.
The Goddess Isis was known in Egypt as “The Great Magician”, her powers were superior to the rest of the gods. Those who venerated and admired her could also easily recognize the amulet she always carried with her; it was one of her most particular characteristics. This amulet was her most precious possession, since it represented a part of her, it was her maximum protection against all the evils that haunted her. Her amulet also had the faculty to protect anyone else who wore it. Guess what her amulet was carved in… That’s right: cornelian. Or sometimes in red jasper or red crystal. The story goes that the goddess Isis used it to protect the dead on their journey after death.
Isis, besides being the powerful magician of Egypt, was also Osiris‘ wife. One terrible day, her husband was murdered by Seth. Isis “The Great Magician” was destroyed; for that reason she joined all her forces and together with her talisman, she herself managed to revive him thanks to her magic. Her amulet would never allow her to faint. After Osiris came back to life, Isis and him had their little son Horus.
The link between the stone and the Goddess that is superior to everything else. For this reason, the cornelian was also called The Blood of Isis. Isis was the archetype of the devoted wife and mother, but she was also a very powerful priestess who could dispose of life and death. In ancient times, temples represented a mystery in her honor.
Since then, the cornelian stone has a very special relationship with the feminine sex. For them, it can become the best spiritual company in different stages of their life: When menopause arrives or when they have a feeling of emptiness or “loss”, when their children leave home and have the so- called “empty nest syndrome“. The cornelian will allow you to flourish the wisdom you already have and need at those particular times. The cornelian is a gift directly from the hands of the goddess Isis and the universe.
But not only in ancient Egypt this mineral was widely used as an amulet to neutralize negative emotions and as an aid to close painful cycles of life; it was also widely used in Japan and Myanmar.
By 1500 B.C., the Babylonians, Celts and Greeks made all sorts of objects with them: cups, cameos, rings and so on, and in Solomon’s time the priests carried cornalines as a symbol of prestige. It is said that Solomon’s powerful ring, which was a kind of seal, was made of lapis lazuli and cornelian. Here you will be able to find beautiful pieces of lapis lazuli .
The oldest Hindu talisman also had pieces of cornelian, and it is called the “Naoratna”. Also present in the crown of England called St. Edward, whose original model was totally destroyed and rebuilt by King Charles II. This jewel of history has a dome with four arches in which are arranged 12 stones, reminiscent of the pectoral of the high priest of the Israelites. For this reason it is considered that this stone also represents the nobility and every monarch must carry it.
For Buddhism, the cornelian is one of the seven treasures. It symbolizes wisdom.
Biblical meaning :
In addition to all the spiritual and physical properties of this orange stone, it also has an important biblical value, as it is one of the 12 stones of Aaron’s breastplate (Exodus 28:15- 30) and one of the gemstones of the fundamental wall of Jerusalem (Revelation 21:19).
You were in Eden, God’s garden. All types of precious stones covered it: cornelian, topaz and diamond, beryl, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and emerald. Their assemblies and adjustments were made by hand in gold; they were prepared the day you were created. Exec 28:13. HCSB, AM, LEB
The fifth sardony, the sixth cornelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh hyacinth, the twelfth amethyst. Rev 21:20 ISV, NET, LEB, HCBS.
and he who sat there looked like jasper and cornelian stone. A rainbow that looked like an emerald surrounded the throne. Rev 4:3 ISV, NET, LEB, HCBS.
The biblical accounts mention this stone many times, and it is attributed to the apostle Philip. You already know about the history of this powerful stone and transit through humanity for thousands of years, however, there is still much to know, because we have not yet told you the best part. We already know that cornelian is especially admired and venerated but now we will discover why.
Cornelian was a special stone for ancient civilizations who believed in its healing properties .
The first Christians used cornelian carved with fish, boats, crosses or palms to identify themselves.
Properties of Cornelian
The cornelian has the ability to make memorable effects on the human body, internally and externally, so ancient civilizations never separated from them. This stone, among many others properties, is known to strengthen your body and your vitality.
This stone is one of the main elements for gemmotherapy. It is important to remember that, although we believe that gems and minerals have no form of life, the theory of Prana or CH’ says that all things existing in the universe possess a non-measurable but vital element that is a form of energy.
When you place a gem in front of a person, the wave frequency it emits helps to harmonize the imbalances found in the human aura, restoring order. Much of this work is done by the purity of the stone, but it also influences that its color has a certain vibration capable of helping the human body.
The cornelian acts in a surprising way in the reproductive organs, favoring fertility. This would be intimately related to the fact that the mineral has a special relationship with the female sex; but it does not mean that the male sex cannot benefit from it.
In the beginning, we told you about the link that this stone has with the blood in your body, and how thanks to this it could generate changes from within. This gem is used to regulate body fluids and kidneys, back pain, rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia and depression.
Cornelian also positively influences skin conditions (such as acne and psoriasis).
It will allow you to absorb vitamins and minerals in the most appropriate way and you can be sure that each of your organs will be properly supplied with blood.
Psychological and Mental Properties
Although cornelian is widely used in gemotherapy for its physically healing powers, most of its power influences mostly the mental and psychological plane. So, if your aspiration is to recompose yourself spiritually and physically, cornelian is ideal for facilitating your path.
The cornelian is specially recommended to achieve spiritual and mental balance and as a protection against the evil eye.
Perhaps it is because of its precious color that cornelian is the stone per excellence that facilitates family harmony and love with the people who commonly surrounds you. A cornelian stone in your living room or office would allow you to create a much more prosperous and happy atmosphere.
The cornelian is also the stone of dreams, because it helps you turn them into reality, and it is not an art of magic. Its energy will give you the strength, security and tools necessary to go for what you want so much.
It also separates you from negative feelings, whether you feel them or someone feels them towards you; envy and resentment will gradually fade away until they simply no longer exist thanks to the presence of this beautiful mineral.
Traditionally, cornelian is also considered to be the stone of courage, power and ambition. Want something? What’s stopping you from going for it ?.
The cornelian is recommended to alleviate depressive states, this gem will allow you to connect yourself even more with your inner self and listen to what its trying to tell you. It will allow you to understand the reason for those difficult moments, helping you enter the stage of acceptance and finally move forward.
Cornelian is an energetic stone that corrects energy excesses and works from the lower planes upwards to considerably improve the energy channel. This stone, having a strong bond with women, will help them to keep their genitals very hydrated and with a good state of circulation so we recommend you always wear it as casual jewelry.
In addition to all the aesthetic beauty of this stone, cornelian also represents the hot cauldron of the three lower chakras.
It is intimately associated with taking bold action with its hot and fiery spirit that stimulates the root chakra, helping to circulate vital energy to its center, which contains the deepest sexual desires and powerful creative instincts.
The meaning of cornelian crystal is related to rose quartz which helps to balance sexual energy with the vibration of love.
The cornelian, in its beautiful orange tones, stimulates the Sacral Chakra, or Second Chakra, located below the navel and above the pubic bone at the front of the pelvis.
Uses of Cornelian
Mainly this stone is used to make beautiful jewelry stones, mostly by those who know that placing them as a pendant will allow them to receive all the necessary energy.
However, in the case of gemotherapy, the stone is used on the skin in the specific areas they want to work. If you choose to place the cornelian near the main door of your house you will be calling to the protection of that place and also to abundance.
Colors of Cornelian
It is a stone of physical pleasure and intimacy. In lighter tones, orange cornelian promotes companionship and affection, while darker crystals deepen the sense of belonging and home.
Cornelian Scarlet Shades
It is a mixture between the energy of pure red and the exuberance and joy of orange. It is the color of strength and vitality, both physical and spiritual. Scarlet crystals help overcome fear and improve self-sufficiency. They are the crystals of victory, success and skill. The lighter shades of scarlet are excellent talismans of dedication in young relationships. They combine the pink energy of romantic love with the light orange energy of satisfaction with family and friends.
Deep scarlet crystals are the key to the physical pleasures of maturity: in love, in life and in relationships. Silenced with dark brown scarlet cornelian, it gives us the natural sources of energy to enjoy the pleasures of life that extend beyond the joy of youth.
It reflects the color of passion, energy and motivation. It’s a very strong color: the color of fire and blood. Dark red crystals embody strong, deep feelings, long-lasting energy and silent passion. It is a masculine color, particularly useful for increasing devotion and seeing the seriousness of life.
Cornelian as Birthstone
The orange cornelian is the true birthstone of those born at the end of summer (from 22 August to 22 September). Scarlet colored cornelian is one of the natural birth stones of those born in the first month of autumn (from 23 September to 21 October). The red cornelian is the natural birthstone of those born in mid-autumn (from 22 October to 20 November).
Cornelian is the traditional zodiac stone for those born under the sign Virgo, between 23 August and 22 September, at the end of summer and at the beginning of harvest. The sign of the star of Virgo is the Virgin, represented as a woman carrying a sheaf of wheat and symbolizing wisdom. This is the only sign represented by a woman. Those born under this sign are very reliable, have an excellent memory and are heterosexual thinkers. They have good manners and are extremely faithful once they find their true love.
Stones are special because they have a very beautiful place in the universe, they possess within themselves millions of positive energies waiting for you to discover them to give you their protection and shelter. There’s a special mineral for each person, I’m sure of that. Knowing cornelian probably made you discover it’s YOUR magic stone.
If you are currently preparing for an interview or an audition it is very good luck to carry the cornelian with you. It is very popular among actors and actresses, as the cornelian creates a harmony between mental focus and creativity in the fusion of the right and left sections of the brain.
Cornelian is not only associated with red sunsets, autumn leaves and fertile soil because of its color, but also because of its enormous energy.
Always remember before buying your sample of cornelian that you must choose the one that most attracts you, we will not find two equal agates, we always have to choose the one we feel attracted to.
Once you have bought it, there is always the need to clean it spiritually by passing it through the smoke of an incense stick. When this is done, it is ready for use.
This gem is not only special for its beautiful aesthetics but also for its significance in history and for its particular way of helping you out of difficulties. I invite you to choose yours and start enjoying this beautiful and faithful gift.
Originally Post “Cornalina: Piedra Fiel y Armoniosa”
Translated by Oscar Moreno