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Name:Cornelian or carnelian
Derivation:There are various suggestions for its derivation:
From "cornu" (Latin) a horn
From "cornum" (Latin) cherry
From "carnis" (Latin) flesh or meat
Description: Translucent and orange

cornelian The red colour comes from iron. There is a confusion both with the name, and the derivation. Since the colour can vary from yellow to almost red, perhaps people invented some of the names. I think that the idea of translucent horn gives the best idea of colour, much better than meat!

The stone on the right was picked up on Great Yarmouth beach. Since it isn't polished, it looks dull, yet when wet, it gleams almost as much as the specimen above. It's best to go looking for cornelians on the beach on a falling tide when the stones are still wet.

Larger pictures of Cornelian:

These two polished (tumbled) specimens show the range of colours.

Cornelian Cornelian

This is natural, broken in half.


This is a pebble, found on the beach.