Carnelian is considered a variety of quartz! Properties of carnelian: hardness: 7, crystal system: trigonal, element: fire, birthstone: July/Taurus, cancer, Leo and Virgo, chakras: root (1st), sacral (2nd) and solar plexus (3rd), sometimes referred to as the "stone of courage", carnelian overcomes negativity and self-doubt, encourages creativity and action and strengthens confidence and the vital life energy. Heralded as a protective stone, carnelian gives courage to the wearer going off to battle. Calling forth a sense of action, carnelian assists in manifesting one s goals into reality. This is particularly useful for those who procrastinate or feel "stuck" due to a lack of motivation and inspiration. With its warm color, carnelian attunes itself to the lower 3 chakras. This increases vital life energy, sexual energy, creativity, metabolism and blood circulation. Carnelian also helps in detoxifying the body by eliminating unhealthy physical habits and improving overall health.