Incorporate a gemstone that has been treasured for centuries into your designs with the matte carnelian 12mm square beads from Dakota Stones. Available in 8-inch strands, these beads feature a slightly puffed square shape and warm matte colors that range from deep red to orange, honey and pale yellow. Some beads are even streaked with the warm colors. Carnelian is a translucent chalcedony or an A-grade agate that receives its warm tints from iron oxides. These beads have been tumbled to give them a matte finish. Carnelian has a long and storied past and was once considered strictly the property of the noble class. People holding high social statuses were often buried with this gemstone. These beads are made from natural materials, 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.