Vintage Sterling Silver and Carnelian Snuff / Pill Box. The top is Arabic calligraphy inscribed, possibly a prayer, polished oval carnelian set in a rope twist bezel, the sides are ornate and the bottom is stamped 925. The Carnelian is one of the stones of Kings. The rich, warm colour of the stone has often linked it to the energies associated with fire. Projective, proactive energy, the beast of fire being the Lion, the King. It is also a stone to lend courage to those in need, and very helpful to wear while speaking publicly. The Prophet Mohammed was said to have worn a carnelian seal set in silver on the little finger of his right hand. This helps to explain part of the Carnelian's appeal as a talismanic stone for his followers. Often Carnelians will be engraved with small prayers for luck, or to turn away envy. The carnelian was worn extensively in Egypt to avert the powers of the Evil Eye and to instill peace. Provenance: A Summerville, South Carolina Private Collection... Measures 1.75x1.25x.75 weight is 36 grams..