Carnelian egg 60mm hand cut and polished and shaped into an egg. Carnelian takes thousands of years to mineralise, forming unique inclusions as seen in the photographs.
Collected from the depths of the Mahajanga jungle in Madagascar. The age is undetermined, however, it is estimated to be hundreds of thousands, if not millions of years old.
Historical literature note; Although now the more common term, "carnelian" is a 16th-century corruption of the 14th-century word "cornelian" (and its associated orthographies corneline and cornalyn). Cornelian, cognate with similar words in several Romance languages, comes from the Mediaeval Latin corneolus, itself derived from the Latin word cornum, the cornel cherry, whose translucent red fruits resemble the stone. The Oxford English Dictionary calls "carnelian" a perversion of "cornelian", by subsequent analogy with the Latin word caro, carnis, flesh. According to Pliny the Elder, sard derives its name from the city of Sardis in Lydia, but it more likely comes from the Persian word سرد sered, meaning yellowish-red.