Like a deep red desert sunset, these matte carnelian 12mm coin beads from Dakota Stones are bursting with warm color. Available in 8-inch strands, these beads feature a circular coin shape and warm matte colors that range from deep red to orange, honey and pale yellow. Some beads even feature streaked patterns of these warm tones. Carnelian is a translucent chalcedony or an A-grade agate that receives its beautiful red tints from iron oxides. These beads have been tumbled to give them a matte finish. Carnelian was told in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead to be placed in tombs as "magic armor" for life after death. These beads are made from natural gemstones, so color may vary from bead to bead. Dakota Stones offers high-quality gemstones that are all useable in jewelry designs because every bead is checked to make sure they are cut and drilled correctly, that the finish is right and that the beads look distinct to their stone type.