Carnelian is an orange-colored variety of Chalcedony, a mineral in the Quartz family with a hardness of 7. Its name is derived from its resemblance in color to the Kornel type of cherry. Carnelian’s color can vary from pale orange to deep red-orange.
In ancient times, Carnelian was believed to give the wearer courage in battle and to help timid speakers become both eloquent and bold. This ancient lore about Carnelian is not essentially different from contemporary intuitive beliefs about it, which see it as a stone that supports qualities of leadership and courage.
Carnelian activates the first, second and third chakras, bringing an influx of life force, sexual and creative energies, and assertive will. It is a powerful aid to those who wish to build confidence, courage, passion and power within themselves. It is of great help to the gentle souls who wish for good things but have difficulty making them happen.
Simmons, Robert; Ahsian, Naisha. The Book of Stones, Revised Edition: Who They Are and What They Teach (several pages). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition.