Carnelian stone, also sometimes called cornelian stone, is an orange chalcedony quartz. The orange color, which comes from iron impurities, varies from a light, pink-orange to deep red-orange or even a dark, brown-red. This range of colors inspired the ancient Egyptians to call the orange mineral rock "the setting sun." Much of carnelian meaning is directly related to carnelian color. Due to the ever-growing rarity of carnelian rock, one must beware of imposters. Agate stones, which are also a type of chalcedony quartz, are sometimes dyed or heated to make them look like carnelian and sold as carnelian gemstones. Norway and Sweden claim this orange mineral rock as their national gemstone.

In addition to good luck, carnelian meaning includes protection from negative energy and poverty. This cornelian meaning remains to this day. Throughout the centuries, additional cornelian meaning has been assigned to this orange chalcedony quartz. Amulets and talismans were worn by ancient warriors to gain courage and power. Cornelian meaning embodies courage, endurance, motivation and leadership.

Carnelian color imparted additional carnelian meanings for the ancient Egyptians which carry through to this day. True orange carnelian stone meaning has to do with feminine passive-receptive energy. The orange carnelian color signified mother goddess Isis' fertility due to its resemblance to the color of menstrual blood. Vibrant red-orange and red-brown carnelian color signified virile male energy. Cornelian rock meaning still encompasses romantic desire, love and passion.

Physical healing properties of carnelian are primarily associated with increased circulation which can bring increased strength in keeping with carnelian meaning. Improved blood flow can be beneficial in all aspects of physical health. Carnelian benefits are said to stimulate the metabolism, improve fertility and reduce frigidity and impotence. Carnelian stone benefits may minimize symptoms associated with menstruation and menopause.

Carnelian healing properties may improve digestion and facilitate nutrient absorption in the small intestine, in keeping with carnelian meaning. Carnelian gemstones are said to help with boils, congestion, hemorrhoids, phlebitis, skin problems and varicose veins. Carnelian is believed to help stop nosebleeds.

Additional carnelian healing properties are associated with the musculoskeletal system. Carnelian benefits are said to assist with healing of arthritis, back troubles, neuralgia and rheumatism, all benefits that can increase strength in keeping with carnelian meaning. Carnelian gemstones may help reduce depression in people of all ages, although they are believed to be more beneficial for the elderly. Carnelian may assist with detoxification from drugs and alcohol in addition to helping to break addictions to these substances.