Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist
Legends from the Middle Ages declared the “Blood Stone” first formed during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, when His Blood fell upon the green earth.
Long prized for its protective and healing abilities, Bloodstone is a member of the chalcedony family.
In appearance, it’s a dark forest green stone with blood-red spatters. Geologists attribute the green coloring to chlorite, amphibole, and pyroxene, while the red is iron oxide (typically hematite).
Ancient Macedonians believed Bloodstone could improve circulation, heal wounds, and detoxify the blood by transferring the healing powers of the sun into the body. Ground into a powder, Bloodstone was used to draw out venom from snake bites and toxins from tumors.
Used as a gemstone for at least 2,000 years, Bloodstone is sometimes called “heliotrope” by European authors and in 18th century and earlier works.
With a hardness of about 6.5 on the Mohs scale (ranging from 1 to 10), Bloodstone is found in India, Australia, Brazil, China, Madagascar, and the U.S. Typically, it’s cut into cabochons, wands, small sculptures, or tumbled.
Historically, Bloodstone has found favor in men’s jewelry, particularly in rings and cuff links. Often, it contains an intaglio with a family crest or some other such motif.
In India, Bloodstone has gained popularity as an aphrodisiac. Fine gemstone quality Bloodstone crushed into a powder for such use typically costs more than the same amount of stone in its rough form.
Metaphysical healers use Bloodstone to realign the lower chakras with the heart. Signs of an unbalanced base chakra include low energy and a feeling of flightiness. When the heart chakra is out of balance, healers say, the personality becomes controlling and critical.
Along with aquamarine, Bloodstone is the traditional birthstone for those born in March. It’s the zodiac sign for those born under Aries (March 21-April 19).
Feng Shui practitioners say Bloodstone utilizes Wood Energy. As such, it should be placed in the East and Southeast areas of a home or room, to enhance new projects and bring about abundance.
Bloodstone is said to be an excellent stone for those suffering from a potentially fatal illness, imparting the courage to fight and face one’s death with dignity.
Clean Bloodstone with warm soapy water and a soft cloth.
Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!