Blood Stone
 
March Birthstone.
 
The Gemstone of Martyrs
 
Bloodstone is green Jasper dotted with bright red spots of iron oxide.   It was treasured in ancient times and served for a long time as the birthstone for March.   This attractive chalcedony Quartz is also known as Heliotrope because in ancient times the polished stones were described as reflecting the sun.   The name comes from the Greek mythical sun god, Helios.
 
Bloodstone  is semi-transclucent to opaque.   It has a bright luster and a natural Bloodstone is distinguished by its bright shine.
 
Medieval Christians often used Bloodstone to carve scenes of the crucifixion.   It was believed Bloodstone came into existence when drops of Jesus' blood fell staining some Jasper which had been placed at the foot of the cross.   The red spots seen on the surface of the stone are said to be the bloodstains of Jesus.   For that reason Bloodstone is also known as the Martyr's stone.
 
Even today, finely pulverized bloodstone is used as a medicine and aphrodisiac in India.  Perhaps that explains why it is now rather difficult to find fine specimens of bloodstone on the Indian market.   However, Bloodstone is found in abundance in Brazil, China, Australia, and the United States.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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