Carnelian

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Carnelian
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Materials
Official Name Carnelian
Common Nicknames Chalcedite
Origin Aloria
Uses Decoration
Rarity Uncommon
Accessibility Lower and Middle Classes

Carnelians are a classic example of a “poor man’s gem.” The material is fairly common, able to be found and mined all over Aloria. It is a surprisingly soft and malleable gemstone, though with a cloudy interior, making it ideal for jewellery though not grand ornate pieces meant to demonstrate wealth. It is rarely used for anything but decoration due to that soft nature, and always exhibits a fiery or earthen colour - ranging from ambers to faint yellows to bright reds.

History

Carnelian has long been a semiprecious stone in Aloria, existing in various major veins throughout the years since the days of the Allorn Empire. At that time, the material was largely ignored in favor of far richer and more precious stones, but as the Allorn Empire wore on, lower class Altalar and those in splinter Cults like the Cult of Cielonna came to admire and use the gemstone as a much simpler sort of physical decoration. Meanwhile in Qadir and Ailor territory, a similar embracing by the commoners was taking place and remains in effect into today. A similar effect is also found among the Songaskians, who rapidly came to appreciate the stone’s earthen tones and connection (in coloration) to the sands of their homeland. As a result, the gemstone remains popular and can be found across Aloria in a variety of mines.

Characteristics

Appearance

Carnelian is a gemstone with an array of warm colors and earthen tones possible in its formation. They form in tight trigonal crystal system-shaped clusters, and are generally soft which allows for easy cutting, but most are fairly opaque which is a major reason they are not actively pursued by the upper classes.

General Uses

Carnelian has its only major use in decoration, most commonly in jewelry due to their easily carved nature. Most see use as beads for this reason, the boring of a hole right through them a great use to jewelers, but many are also used in intaglios and other similarly carved pieces of small artwork.

Trivia

  • It’s not uncommon for peasant or lower class wedding rings to be fitted with a small yet crudely cut and shaped Carnelian.
  • The Url and Cielothar are the biggest racial consumers of Carnelians next to Ailor.

Accreditation
Writers HydraLana
Processors FireFan96
Last Editor HydraLana on 04/11/2020.

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