Our carnelian pendulums are carved with 6 sides and range from 1" to 1.5" long with a 6" chain. There is no bead on the chain. The photo is of one example product, and the pendulum you receive may vary in size and colour.
Carnelian and sard are a variety of chalcedony which gain their brown-red colour from inclusions of iron oxide, with sard being the harder of the two, and there is a great variety in coloration. As a form of chalcedony, carnelian is thus composed of fine intergrowths of quartz and its polymorph moganite. Because of this, carnelian has no natural cleavage and fractures in uneven, conchoidal splinters.
Carnelian jewelry has been found dating back as far as the 5th century BCE. Carnelian was favoured by Romans for signet and seal rings, especially since hot wax cannot adhere to the stone. It has been popular for jewelry of all kinds throughout South Asia, Southern Europe, North Africa, and the Mediterranean region. It gains the name "carnelian" from the cornel cherry which it resembles.
Possible correspondences: Chaotic unity, cherry, duality, fruit, growing together, identity, Rome, signature.
It is not known when or where pendulum divination first developed. In the modern era, pendulums like this one are typically used by assigning an answer to a particular direction of swing or a type of movement, then asking it a question and awaiting it to take on the answering movement. Most typically this is done with a yes/no question, with "yes" being a lengthways movement, and "no" being a crossways movement, but some versions allow for multiple directions, while others may use circular movements. Some people prefer to use a pendulum mat, in which lines are drawn from the same connection point, and each assigned a possible meaning.
Pendulums are also used to measure time and to focus the mind in meditation.