Feel like a duchess from your favorite classical painting in these petite carnelian earrings. Carnelian is a semi-precious, translucent form of chalcedony. It has been used in jewelry since ancient times. As with most stones it was ascribed certain magical properties. In ancient Egypt, the orange-red color symbolized life. In Africa and parts of Russia, this stone was valued for its alleged healing properties. During the Classical Era and the Renaissance, carnelian enjoyed its greatest popularity and was often used as seals and in signet rings.