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Bloodstone

Bloodstone is a gemstone with a history that stretches back deeply to the times of the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. It was admired as much for its spiritual strength as its dramatic beauty.

Bloodstone Colors

Bloodstone is a deep green gemstone that is speckled with spots of red, orange or brown.

Read more about gemstones colors here

Bloodstone Species

Bloodstone is a type of chalcedony which in turn is a type of quartz. It shares a very similar chemical make-up and crystal structure as other gemstones such as agate, jasper and chrysoprase which are usually separated into varieties by color, patterns or banding. Bloodstone is basically the deep green variety of chalcedony.

What are the spiritual benefits of Bloodstone?

Bloodstone is amongst the most spiritually powerful and revered of all gemstones and this has been the case for thousands of years. Babylonian warriors wore Bloodstone amulets into war, Ancient Greek athletes wore them when they competed in the Olympics and Roman gladiators carried them into the fighting arenas.

Its other virtues include:

  • Acts as an Aphrodisiac
  • Brings Confidence
  • Improves Blood Circulation
  • Inspires Sacrifice

See our detailed article on Bloodstone meaning and uses

Bloodstone and the Chakras

Each of the Chakras or energy centers located throughout our bodies has an associated color and gemstones of the same or similar color can be used to unblock a troubled Chakra.

Bright green Bloodstones may be useful for the Heart Chakra but the more common dark colored gemstones with deep red splashes have long been associated with the Root Chakra.

Find more details on Chakra gemstones here

Bloodstone Price

The ideal Bloodstone would probably have a deep forest green color with some bright red flecks decorating the surface. Even such excellent examples will not be very expensive as Bloodstone is a readily available and easily affordable gemstone.

Carat Weight

Bloodstones can be found in all sizes and the price per carat is determined by the color not the carat weight. The majority of gemstones will be just $1 or $2 per carat with only the finest examples reaching a maximum of about $6 per carat.

For more details please refer to our full Bloodstone Info page here

Treatments

As far as we are aware, Bloodstone is not treated with heat or dye like many other gemstones and is totally natural.

Bloodstone History

Bloodstone was one of our earliest gemstones - carved into seals by ancient Babylonians and Romans, amulets by Greeks and Egyptians, and used to create decorative cups, bowls and platters in the Middle Ages by the likes of Miseroni in Prague.

It is sometimes called the "Martyr's Stone" and medieval Christians would carve crucifixes and images of famous martyrs in Bloodstone. It was believed that Bloodstone was created when drops of blood fell from the body of Jesus onto some Jasper lying at the foot of the cross.

Where is Bloodstone found?

Bloodstone is found throughout the world with India, Australia, Brazil and Madagascar providing the best in quality and quantity.

What jewelry is Bloodstone suitable for?

Bloodstone is rated at 7 on Mohs hardness scale which makes them strong enough for all jewelry items including daily wear pieces.

The unique flecks of red and unusual patterns that can appear on their surface, as well as their affordability and availability in large sizes, make Bloodstone a favorite for anyone wishing to make their own jewelry - especially pendants or bezel rings.

The deep and dramatic colors featured in Bloodstone are very popular in men's jewelry items.

Birthstones and Anniversaries

Bloodstone is a traditional birthstone for the month of March.

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