What are Bloodstones?
What exactly are Bloodstones?
The definition of a Bloodstone is as follows:
This mineral is a green chalcedony with red inclusions or spots that
resemble blood and is described as a green siliceous stone
sprinkled with red jasper, as if with blood - hence the name. It is
also called heliotrope. The name "heliotrope" comes from the Greek
word helios meaning Sun and trepein meaning to turn and derives from
various ancient ideas about the manner in which the mineral reflects
Many semi-precious gemstones are in fact forms of chalcedony including Agate, Onyx, Carnelian and the Bloodstone. Chalcedony is form of
silica which is composed of very fine intergrowths of the minerals
quartz and moganite and has a waxy lustre and might be
semitransparent or translucent
The Bloodstone is defined as a variety of quartz
Quartz goes by an array of different names including
Jasper, Aventurine, Tiger's eye,
Prasiolite, Rose quartz, Milk quartz, Smoky quartz and
It exists in large quantities and is, in consequence, inexpensive,
and is found in India, Bokhara, Siberia, Tartary and in the
The Colors of Bloodstones
Bloodstones come in a wide range of natural colors and shades.
The "classic" bloodstone is a green jasper with red
inclusions of iron oxide (which are called red jasper).
Sometimes yellow and/or other colors of jasper are also
present, but these multi-colored gemstones are usually
called "fancy jasper". Color is mainly caused
by the gemstone's selective absorption of certain
wavelengths of light called the body color. In
gemstones, color consists of three components:
Hue - the first impression of the color
Tone - the lightness or darkness of color ranging from light to
medium to dark
Saturation - the intensity of a gemstone's color which is
measured from dull to strong to vivid
and Information about the Bloodstone
The following list provides
Birthstone facts and information about this gemstone:
an alternate birthstone of the month of March
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Pisces dates: February 20 - March 20
Pisces - The Twelfth Sign of the Zodiac: The sign
of the Fish
Ruling Planet of Pisces: Neptune
Alternate Birthstones of Pisces: Amethyst, Ruby, Aquamarine and
Myths and Legends about Bloodstones
Bloodstone a green Jasper flecked with red. An old tradition records
that the Bloodstone had its origin at the Crucifixion, being formed by
drops of blood which, following the thrust of the Roman soldier's spear,
fell upon some green jasper on which the cross was erected, the stains
penetrating the stones and thus originating this particular variety.
Rings of dark green Jasper flecked with red were favourite ornaments
amongst the Egyptians, who frequently wore them upon the thumb.
Bloodstones jewelry is extremely popular especially for
those nearest and dearest. All
different types of jewelry containing Bloodstones are available including:
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