Carnelian, also known as sard, was a semi-precious stone found in the Realms.[5][6]


Carnelian was a variety of chalcedony that had a clear, orange[4] to red to reddish-brown hue. It was typically cut cabochon and polished to a glossy finish, but could also be tumbled to smooth, rounded stones. Because of its bright color, it was primarily used for jewelry and decoration. A typical specimen had a base value of 50 gp.[1][2][3][4]


This gemstone was used in the crafting of luckstones and in the creation of devices that offered protection from evil or from bodily harm. Carrying or wearing a carnelian generally improved the owner's luck by a small amount. A properly prepared and enchanted carnelian could be sacrificed in dire need to gain a second chance at some failed feat of strength, ability, or survival. The person had to immediately touch the special stone, which then disappeared in a flash of bright light, and try again.[6]


Dreaming about, or having visions of carnelians was considered an omen of misfortune by many seers and oracles.[6] The stones were also sacred to the churches of Bane, Erevan Ilesere, Gaerdal Ironhand, and Haela Brightaxe.[7]

Notable SpecimensEdit

The Heart of the Lion was a huge specimen and a holy relic of Hajama in the land of Zakhara.[8]



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