Carnelian is a warm stone it promotes confidence, joy, and strength. It sparks creativity, openness, and helps children trust themselves. Carnelian is a form of quartz, and the birthstone for the month of August. It is also sometimes called Cornelian. The name carnelian comes from the Latin word carneus, which means fleshy, a reference to the colour of the stone. Carnelian has a long history. Over 4500 years ago, Sumerian and Egyptian craftsmen were making jewellery set with the stone. Carnelian is an inexpensive gemstone. It is usually cut as cabochons, or used for beads and cameos. It is common to find carnelian in antique jewelry. Carnelian can range in color from reddish orange to brownish, yellow, red, or pink. The various shades of red depend on the amount of iron oxide present in each stone. Stones can be faintly banded, or uniform in color.