Three polished carnelian briolettes individually wire wrapped to a chain link and on a sterling silver earwire. The beads measure 9x6mm.
Measurements: ~1-3/4" long from top of earwire to bottom of last bead
Location: Madagascar, Africa
Carnelian is one of the oldest minerals that has been used as a gemstone. The brownish red to orange / red color exhibited by Carnelian is due to trace amounts of iron during its formation. Carnelian is a chalcedony ( cryptocrystalline quartz), similarly to agate with a hardness of 6.5 - 7 on the mohs scale. However, Carnelian doesn't show the same type of banding as agate and the color is softer in appearance.
Metaphysically, Carnelian is associated with, confidence, self esteem, courage, creativity and a wide assortment of other healing properties.