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Bloodstone Meaning Properties and Photos

rough piece of the mineral bloodstone

1. About the Mineral Bloodstone
2. Through the Ages
3. Healing Properties
4. More Facts
5. Article Photos
6. Our Collection of Bloodstone

About the Mineral Bloodstone

Bloodstone is a dark green variety of the mineral chalcedony which is a cryptocrystalline variety of quartz.  Minerals described as cryptocrystalline have crystals too small to be seen with the naked eye.

This popular lapidary material is opaque and takes on a high polish.  When used as a gemstone it tends to be cut as a cabochon.

The red spots present in bloodstone are caused by inclusions of iron oxides most likely in the form of hematite.

Through the Ages

Historically the mineral bloodstone was used as an amulet in the belief it could stop bleeding.  It was also believed to be control the weather, banish evil and negativity and direct spiritual energies.

Bloodstone was widely used to protect against the evil eye and some believed it could render the wearer invisible. For this reason it was often carried by thieves. 

Pliny the Elder ancient Roman author and naturalist (23-79 AD) wrote;

"Heliotropium is found in Æthiopia, Africa, and Cyprus: it is of a leek-green colour, streaked with blood-red veins.  From the circumstance that, if placed in a vessel of water and exposed to the full light of the sun, it changes to a reflected colour like that of blood; this being the case with the stone of Æthiopia more particularly.

Out of the water, too, it reflects the figure of the sun like a mirror, and it discovers eclipses of that luminary by showing the moon passing over its disk.

In the use of this stone, also, we have a most glaring illustration of the impudent effrontery of the adepts in magic, for they say that, if it is combined with the plant heliotropium, and certain incantations are then repeated over it, it will render the person invisible who carries it about him

Heliotropium is a genus of flowering plant with very similar colours.  The name came about because the flowers were understood to turn to face the sun.  The Greek word 'helios' means 'sun' whilst 'trepein' means 'to turn'.

Bloodstone is also known as heliotrope.  This name came about because the stone was believed to reflect light.  For reasons not fully understood, it was also believed to change colour after being submerged in water.

The dark red inclusions in bloodstone were once likened to drops of blood.   Legend says it was created at the foot of the cross during the crucifixion of Christ.  This made it popular with the church hence bloodstone was used for carving scenes of the crucifixion.

During the Middle Ages sculptures that depicted flogging, whipping, lashing and martyrdom were carved from bloodstone. 

An intaglio housed in the British Museum which dates back to the late 2nd or 3rd century is one of the earliest depictions of the crucifixion.  Described as a reddish brown jasper, the stone is believed to be bloodstone.

Well known to the Aztecs who used it to regulate blood flow, bloodstone was also used in the 1st century BC.  It was believed to preserve health and protect against deception.

In powdered form bloodstone has long been used as a medicine particularly to prevent bleeding.

the mineral bloodstone

Metaphysical Healing Properties

When used for its metaphysical properties bloodstone is still used for matters relating to the blood.  It's also believed to strengthen the immune system.

A grounding and protective stone it can help keep undesirable influences out.  When carried as an amulet it offers strength and support for when dealing with dangerous situations.

Associated with the base chakra, bloodstone is a powerful healing stone that protects against stress related to EMF (electromagnetic fields).  It's perfect for those who find it difficult to relax and who think about things for longer than they should.

Bloodstone improves focus and strengthens decision making. 

tumbled bloodstone crystals

A Few More Facts

When heated the green in bloodstone turns grey and the red inclusions of iron oxide turn black.  For this reason it's never heated so the colour is always natural.

Bloodstone is mined predominantly in India, Australia, Siberia, Scotland, Brazil and the United States.

One of the birthstones for March, aquamarine can be used as an alternative.

Bloodstone is quite hard and grades 7 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness.  

The photo at the top of our article is courtesy of James St. John - Flickr.  The bloodstone tumbled stones are from our collection. 

Article Photos

The bloodstone at the top of our page is courtesy of James St. John. The piece in our second photo and the tumbled stones are from our collection.

All three images are clickable and redirect to the original non-compressed photo.

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