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Botryoidal Golden Carnelian Cabochon

Botryoidal Golden Carnelian Cabochon

The beautiful carnelian gemstone cabochon shown here is 31mm long. It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you. 

Carnelian is a variety of the silica mineral chalcedony, which has been coloured by impurities of iron oxide. The colour can vary greatly, ranging from pale orange to an intense almost-black. It is commonly found in Brazil, India, Siberia, and Germany. Botryoidal, from the Greek meaning ‘bunch of grapes’, describles the crystal formation on the top of the stone.

Botryoidal Carnelian Ring

Botryoidal Carnelian Ring

I love all the cabochons I source, and it is a bit of an obsession with me! I’d love to keep them all, but that’s just silly – so one of the many joys of being a silversmith is sharing these gorgeous finds with nice people.

Botryoidal Carnelian Ring

Once in a while, though, I come across a cabochon that I just can’t part with. This botroidal carnelian is one of those.

Botryoidal Carnelian Ring

It’s a great ring to wear with earth tones, which I’ve been more drawn to lately.

Botryoidal Carnelian Ring

If you’d like a custom made gemstone ring of your own, check out my gemstone collection, and let me know which one you’d like to wear!

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

My lovely client and friend Charmaine, chose this piece of carnelian from my gemstone collection for me to make her a new ring.

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

She has a fabulous collection Silver Forge rings, and this is a great addition!

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

Thanks, lovely Charmaine – it’s always a pleasure to create for someone with such great taste! 🙂

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

Sterling Silver and Carnelian Locket Box

Sterling Silver and Carnelian Locket Box

As part of a bracelet I’ve been asked to put together, one of my clients wanted a special box to keep to tiny and precious booklets inside.

Sterling Silver and Carnelian Locket Box

It is set with a carnelian, one of his favourite stones.

Sterling Silver and Carnelian Locket Box

The piece will like a charm bracelet, filled with pieces that have significance to my client – what a great way to wear all those memories at once!

Carnelian Semicircle Cabochon

Carnelian Semicircle Cabochon

The beautiful carnelian gemstone cabochon shown here is 32mm long. It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you. 

Carnelian is a variety of the silica mineral chalcedony, which has been coloured by impurities of iron oxide. The colour can vary greatly, ranging from pale orange to an intense almost-black. It is commonly found in Brazil, India, Siberia, and Germany.

Sterling Silver Friendship Pendant

Sterling Silver Friendship Pendant

I created this pendant for a lovely client as a going away present for her friend. The symbol has significance to them both. DSCF7860

I love making special keepsakes for nice people!

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Pendant

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Pendant

Some of the gorgeous ladies from Alderley Post Office commissioned me to create this pendant for their lovely boss Maria for a significant birthday.

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Pendant

I happen to know that Maria loves orange, so this carnelian gemstone was just the thing! Happy birthday again, Maria!

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Pendant

Gemstone of the Month – Carnelian

Carnelian is a brownish red to orange, translucent to opaque variety of chalcedony. Carnelian is probably named after the the kornel cherry because of its colour. It is sometimes known as cornelian.

Carnelian has been used for decorative purposes by humans for thousands of years. Wikipedia tells us: “The bow drill was used to drill holes into carnelian in Mehrgarh between 4th-5th millennium BC. Carnelian was recovered from Bronze Age Minoan layers at Knossos on Crete in a form that demonstrated its use in decorative arts; this use dates to approximately 1800 BC. Carnelian was used widely during Roman times to make engraved gems for signet or seal rings for imprinting a seal with wax on correspondence or other important documents. Hot wax does not stick to carnelian. Sard was used for Assyrian cylinder seals, Egyptian and Phoenician scarabs, and early Greek and Etruscan gems. The Hebrew odem (translated sardius), the first stone in the High Priest’s breastplate, was a red stone, probably sard but perhaps red jasper.”

Carnelian is thought to aid with concentration, and by keeping one focused on the here and now and not on past experiences. Carnelian is believed to be calming and grounding, and  encourages initiative and determination.

Carnelian is understood to improve circulation, aid with problems of the liver, bladder, kidneys and spleen and with male impotency, and to increase appetite. It is believed to help with PMS as well as sexual anxiety.

Carnelian is thought to prevent accidents, and to protect the home from theft, fire and storm damage.

Carnelian is beautiful – the range of colour from reddish brown through to almost yellow is so vibrant!

I have some gorgeous carnelian available in my gemstone collection. If you find a stone that appeals to you and you’d like to have it set in a ring or a pendant, let me know – I’d love to create something beautiful for you.

Carnelian Cabochons (7mm Round)

Carnelian Cabochons (7mm Round)

The carnelian gemstone cabochons shown here are 7mm in diameter, and are available to be handcrafted into custom pieces for you.

Carnelian Oval Cabochons

Carnelian Oval Cabochons

The gorgeous carnelian gemstone cabochons shown here are 18mm long. They are available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you. 

Carnelian is a variety of the silica mineral chalcedony, which has been coloured by impurities of iron oxide. The colour can vary greatly, ranging from pale orange to an intense almost-black. It is commonly found in Brazil, India, Siberia, and Germany.

Medium Carnelian Oval Cabochon

Medium Carnelian Oval Cabochon

The gorgeous carnelian gemstone cabochon shown here is 19mm long. It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you. 

Carnelian is a variety of the silica mineral chalcedony, which has been coloured by impurities of iron oxide. The colour can vary greatly, ranging from pale orange to an intense almost-black. It is commonly found in Brazil, India, Siberia, and Germany.

Carnelian Round 6mm Cabochon

Carnelian Cabochons (6mm Round)

The carnelian gemstone cabochons shown here are 6mm in diameter, and are available to be handcrafted into custom pieces for you.

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

 

Orange is one of my favourite colours, and this carnelian cabochon is just so luscious!

 

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

 

I was happy to make it into a ring for one of my lovely customers to give as an 18th birthday present to her daughter.

 

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

 

I do have lots of smaller gemstones in many gorgeous colours, so if you’d like something similar, do let me know!

Carnelian Cabochon

Reserved – Carnelian Oval Cabochon

Please note: this stone is reserved for a lovely client!

The creamy carnelian gemstone cabochon shown here is 40mm long. 

Carnelian is a variety of the silica mineral chalcedony, which has been coloured by impurities of iron oxide. The colour can vary greatly, ranging from pale orange to an intense almost-black. It is commonly found in Brazil, India, Siberia, and Germany.

Virgo

Virgo, The Virgin, is the sixth symbol of the Zodiac. Anyone born between 23 August and 23 September is born under this sign. Virgo, the latin word for virgin, is a mutable sign, and is ruled by the planet Mercury. Its symbol is   Virgo.svg, representing a sheaf of barley. Virgo is one of the four earth signs.

Zodiac Earth Sign Peridot Tree Pendant. Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn Necklace.

Carnelian is the traditional stone for Virgo. Carnelian is believed to give energy, guard against poverty, and promote good moods.

Carnelian Cabochon

Another stone traditionally assigned to Virgo is Jade. It is thought to protect the wearer from coming to harm.

Nephrite Jade

Key words for people born under the sign of Virgo are said to be: Precise, differentiatial, doers of what is necessary, utilitarian. Virgoans take a critical point of view. Virgo rules the digestive system, intestines, spleen and nervous system.

Virgo Carnelian and Sterling Silver Zodiac Pendant

Virgoans share their sign with such notables as Roald Dahl, Stephen King and Jane Addams.  You can shop for a Virgo pendant in my Celestials Collection in The Silver Forge Shop.

Large Orange Carnelian Spiral Sterling Silver Ring handcrafted by Ruthie Gray at The Silver Forge

Carnelian Bearing Seat Ring

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

The first project for the goldsmithing course I am doing this year was to design a piece incorporating a bearing seat setting method (a ledge put inside the bezel wall for the stone to sit on), and one or more 12mm or larger stones in either a ring or pendant, with texture.  I fell in love with these carnelian cabochons, and had to use them in my piece!  Carnelians can be quite brown, but these orange ones are just delicious!  I’ve got my eye out for some spessartite garnet cabs which can also be that lovely glowing tangerine colour.

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

It was a great fun project, both the designing and the making of it!  With each project, we have to come up with the concept, do a tech drawing of it, do an art drawing of it, and of course create it.  So much fun!