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Bloodstones

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 light.

  • 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 Agate, Onyx, Jasper, Aventurine, Tiger's eye, Amethyst, Citrine, Prasiolite, Rose quartz, Milk quartz, Smoky quartz and Carnelian

  • It exists in large quantities and is, in consequence, inexpensive, and is found in India, Bokhara, Siberia, Tartary and in the Hebrides.

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

Birthstone Facts and Information about the Bloodstone
The following list provides Birthstone facts and information about this gemstone:

  • It is 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 Jasper

Myths and Legends about Bloodstones
The 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
Bloodstones jewelry is extremely popular especially for those nearest and dearest. All different types of jewelry containing Bloodstones are available including:

  • Bloodstone rings
  • Bloodstone bracelets
  • Bloodstone pendants
  • Bloodstone earrings
  • Bloodstone necklaces
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