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Carnelian gem stone

Carnelian gem stoneThe best Carnelians come from India, but good stones are also obtained in Siberia, Brazil, and Queensland. Carnelians are cut usually in oval and shield-like shapes and were much employed by the ancients for intaglios. They believed them to have the power of preventing misfortune and they were much worn as charms.