How Will I Know If My Carnelian Stone Crystal Is Real?

July 21st 2021

When buying crystals and gemstones online, it is difficult to tell if it is genuine or fake by looking at a picture.

Some rare or expensive minerals are faked for profit. Another problem is when the trader is not sufficiently knowledgeable and not buying stones from reliable sources. Minerals, especially agates, are very easy to dye because they absorb dye well; stones have long been dyed for a more fashionable and colorful appearance.

Some commercially available stones are colored using various methods that differ depending on the colors to be obtained - multiple materials (iron oxide, chromium, nickel) and techniques (heating, acidification, etc.) are used. Carnelian has a similar structure with other gemstones from the chalcedony family, such as jasper, agate, sard, onyx, and more.

So, how will you know if your Carnelian is genuine or fake?

Natural Carnelian's Properties

  • Color: pale orange, brownish-red to a red-orange result of traces of iron
  • Family: Chalcedony
  • Translucent to semi-opaque
  • Hardness: 6.7 - 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, so it does not scratches easily

Here are a few tips to help you identify a genuine Carnelian:

The stone's color can be another clue; if the Carnelian has a uniform bright red or orange coloration, it is most likely fake. There are slight changes in color in natural Carnelian with inclusions, patterns, and cloudy patches within the gemstone.

Carnelian is a translucent stone, so if you want to check it, hold it up to the light and see if the light passes through the rock, at least at the edges. The authentic Carnelian has a dense structure; it should feel a bit heavy when you hold it. The stone is a slow conductor of heat; it will not warm up quickly in your hands.

Genuine Carnelian Products at the Village Rock Shop

Natural Carnelians always differ; there are no two with the same appearance; they have different stripes, patterns, or coloration. When you want to buy a particular crystal or gemstone, knowing some of its properties, such as color, hardness, luster, streak, can be helpful.

Still, when you order your stone online, it's difficult to realize its authenticity. If you want to be 100% sure that your crystals and gemstones are not fake; purchase them from a reliable source. In our shop, you'll find minerals, crystals that come from reliable sources.

Here are some of our popular Carnelian products: