Carnelian is a reddish-orange to reddish-brown translucent variety of chalcedony, which is a type of agate. Iron-oxides give it color, and it can be uniformly colored or banded. Its name comes from its resemblance to cornel cherries. Used decoratively since at least 4000 BCE, carnelian is a stone of importance in Muslim, Jewish, and Christian traditions. Fine carnelian is found in Oregon, Washington, Brazil, and India. Metaphysically, carnelian is used for creativity, renewal, and reproduction.