Mineral Class: Quartz
Crystal System: Trigonal
Colors: Green, Greenish-Blue, Red, Brown, Yellow
Source: Australia, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, India, and Russia
Bloodstone, otherwise known as Heliotrope or Blood Jasper, is a variation of chalcedony with green to greenish-blue Jasper and red inclusions of hematite. These green colors of Bloodstone are caused by tiny additions of Chlorite and Amphibole that are included into the Chalcedony as it crystallizes in the volcanic igneous rock. The brown to red spots present around this stone are a result of iron oxide impurities, known as hematite. These bits of hematite are what give Bloodstone its more gothic name, as they resemble blood drops within the stone. These splatters of red throughout Bloodstone may be super faint to very apparent depending on how much hematite is in that particular part. After Bloodstone has completed forming, wind, rain, and ice will gradually wear this stone off the rock, then the weather will further wash away the Bloodstone down stream leaving it in river beds to be collected many years later.
Bloodstone is considered to be the traditional birthstone for the month of March. Throughout history it has been used in signet rings, pendants, cups, vases, and more. This stone holds some pretty interesting history as Ancient Babylonians would take Bloodstone amulets into battle for their belief that it could stop a bleeding wound, while Ancient Greek and Roman athletes wore Bloodstone because they thought it would increase endurance during sporting games. Bloodstone also has a very symbolic meaning as the crimson red spots that decorate the deep green gemstone represent the blood of Jesus and is occasionally called the "Martyrs Stone". The incredible blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ as illustrated in this gemstone can encourage us to put others first and be there for each other.