This is a beautiful piece of carnelian with some lovely dark almost red spots which has been carved into a charming little decorative Mandarin Duck
Carnelian is a brownish-red mineral which is commonly used as a semi-precious gemstone. Carnelian is a variety of the mineral chalcedony colored by impurities of iron oxide. The color can vary greatly, ranging from pale orange to an intense almost-black coloration. It is most commonly found in Brazil, India, Siberia, and Germany.
The oldest known use of Carnelian dates to approximately 1800 BC found at Knossos on Crete. Carnelian was also used widely during Roman times to make engraved gems for signet or seal rings for imprinting a seal with wax, and was used for Assyrian cylinder seals, Egyptian and Phoenician scarabs, and early Greek and Etruscan gems.
Size: 40 x 30 x 20mm
The following information is courtesy of "The Pocket Book of Stones" which we also sell HERE
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 their confidence, courage, passion and power. Carnelian is a stone of physical vitality and energy, and can act spiritually to help one regain one’s strength after illness or injury. Carrying or wearing it can aid in awakening the vital energies of the three lower chakras, increasing zest for living and the willingness to take the risks inherent in all strong actions.
"This information is for research purposes only and should not be construed as medical recommendations for any disease or symptom. It is not intended to provide medical advice. Consult a licensed healthcare professional for treatment."