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What is cornelian?
It is considered a semiprecious gemstone, which is a label applied to gemstones that have a lesser value than those deemed precious. However, it is not commonly seen in fine jewelry and can be quite inexpensive. It is typically formed into a shape known as a cabochon, which is polished but not cut into facets. These are often used as beads in necklaces and bracelets.
It is one of the traditional birthstones for the month of August (though in the UK it is considered one of the birthstones for the month of July).
The word can also refer to a color—a shade of dark reddish-brown, like that of the gemstone.
Example: The ancient pendant was made from a striking piece of banded cornelian.
Where does cornelian come from?
The first records of the word cornelian (in various spellings) date back to the 1400s. It comes from the Middle French corneline, which may be equivalent to the Old French cornele, meaning “cherry.” The change in spelling from cor- to car- in carnelian (which is first recorded in the late 1600s) is thought to have been influenced by the Latin carneus, meaning “flesh-colored” (a root also seen in the word carnation, which also may have influenced the spelling change).
The stone is found throughout the world, most commonly in India, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Russia, and Uruguay. It is a variety of chalcedony, a microcrystalline, translucent variety of quartz. Other varieties of chalcedony that are also used as gemstones include jasper and onyx. The coloring of cornelian is due to the presence of iron.
Cornelian has been used in ornamentation and jewelry since ancient times, with some artifacts dating to the 3rd century. It was frequently used to make cameos—engraved gems.
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How is cornelian used in real life?
Cornelian is now more commonly called carnelian. It is considered a semiprecious gemstone, but it is often fairly inexpensive. People sometimes value it for what they believe are spiritual or mystical properties.
Necklace with vulture pendant, from the tomb of Tutankhamun (c.1370-52 BC) New Kingdom (gold encrusted with lapis lazuli and cornelian) pic.twitter.com/XKNIbIjZyx
— Araceli Rego (@AraceliRego) December 17, 2019
— Beverly eller (@beller2010) April 28, 2019
Cornelian is the alternative birthstone for July
— Nicholsons Jewellers, Ilkley, Yorkshire (@nicholsonsjewel) June 30, 2009
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Cornelian is a variety of the mineral known as chalcedony.
How to use cornelian in a sentence
July—Cornelian or Ruby—The forgetfulness or the cure of evils springing from friendship or love.The Mysteries of All Nations|James Grant
Edleston, who some time previously had given Byron a Cornelian as a parting gift on leaving Cambridge for the vacation.Byron|Richard Edgcumbe
The "white stone" is none other than the alba petra, the white cornelian, the chalcedony, or stone of Initiation.Reincarnation|Th. Pascal
His round shield is made of burnished silver, and the head of his morning-star consists of a single cornelian.'Midst the Wild Carpathians|Mr Jkai
The cornelian appeased anger, and the hyacinth provoked sleep, and the amethyst drove away the fumes of wine.The Picture of Dorian Gray|Oscar Wilde