These matte carnelian 8x14mm rectangle beads from Dakota Stones are the perfect way to add warm, natural color to your designs. Available in 8-inch strands, these beads feature rectangular shapes with smooth, rounded edges. They display warm matte colors that range from deep red to orange, honey and pale yellow. 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 is one of the oldest known gemstones and it was widely used in ancient Rome to make signet or seal rings for imprinting a seal on letters since hot wax does not stick to it. 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.