Stand up for yourself and others.
Purify your body, heart, and spirit.
Be brave, bold, and clear-minded.
Act with integrity for the Highest Good.
Let Bloodstone teach you how to be fearless!
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Healing Properties of Heliotrope Bloodstone
Spiritual: Bloodstone is the stone of the Spiritual Warrior. It awakens us to our true spiritual calling and grounds that life in the material world. With Bloodstone we don’t just have spiritual ideals, we authentically live them. It helps us to trust ourselves to do what is right and to live with great integrity. Bloodstone asks us to be willing to pay the price to know Truth and to attain Freedom. It reminds us that while the path ahead may be fraught with difficulty and we may at times lose heart, we must go keeping going. In order to be victorious, we must fight for what is right even when it’s not fun or easy. Bloodstone helps us take one step and then another, and to trust that, in the end, all will be well. Bloodstone is attuned to the Root Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Aries, Pisces, Libra. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the numbers 4 and 6.
Emotional: Bloodstone has a very calm and steady energy. It is a fantastic choice for anyone taking on a leadership role. It teaches us that a true leader leads from the front, is willing to make personal sacrifices and takes responsibility when things go wrong. Likewise, a true leader is kind (if not always nice!) and looks out for the wellbeing of others. Bloodstone soothes fear, irritability, aggressiveness, impatience, and loneliness. It encourages us to be more self-sufficient and independent, while also being willing to support and help others. Bloodstone gives us courage to face unpleasant situations boldly and is especially useful during times of crisis when quick and sensible action is needed. If we need to set our own emotions aside for a moment, Bloodstone can help us do that in a healthy way. When the moment passes, Bloodstone reminds us to tend to our own emotional needs and make sure we are healthy so we can confidentially tackle another day. Bloodstone celebrates loyalty and true friendship. It asks us to be the friend that other people need and to be the kind of person that other people can frankly admire.
Mental: Bloodstone helps us to stay grounded, in control of ourselves and able to respond correctly to new and shifting situations. It is a fantastic stone for combatting the effects of PTSD. Bloodstone helps us figure out how to be the master of our thoughts and to stay in the present rather than being yanked into the past. It reminds us to be here now, fully in the present, and awake to its inherent possibilities. Bloodstone gently but firmly councils us that there is no shame in being traumatized. That the guilt for that pain belongs firmly on the shoulders of whatever created the trauma. But Bloodstone also reminds us that staying traumatized – if we have an opportunity to heal – is a choice. If we have been blessed with a chance to heal, we must be brave enough to go into the shadows of our mind, fight our inner demons, and return to the light victorious.
Physical: Bloodstone is recommended for anyone who needs to manifest a warrior’s courage and determination in order to strengthen and heal the physical body. It encourages us to take our healing journey seriously and to be actively involved. It is especially good for people who tend to avoid doctors or gyms. Bloodstone helps us to be realistic about our body and its current and future needs, and to boldly do what needs to be done. It is an exceptionally good talisman for wounded warriors who suffer from PTSD, particularly men who might struggle to acknowledge mental healthcare needs. Bloodstone dismisses any sense of shame and instead pushes us to treat our body and mind with honor. Unsurprisingly, Bloodstone has long been associated with healing the circulatory system, heart and anything to do with blood.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Bloodstone
Mineral Family: Tectosilicate
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Color: Dark green with red spots.
Crystal System: Hexagonal/triagonal
Fracture: Rough, brittle
Location: The most important deposits for all varieties of Bloodstone are in India. Additional deposits are located in Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, and the United States. An outcropping of beautiful Heliotrope Bloodstone has also been found on the Isle of Rum, Scotland.
Mineral Family: Bloodstone is a rare type of Chalcedony and a Silicate mineral. Chalcedony is a tiny twig on a far off branch of the crystal tree, scientifically it is a “subdivision of a subdivision of a subdivision, of a subdivision!” Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Quartz is a large mineral family in its own right, and has two main subdivisions, macrocrystalline (crystals that are large enough to be seen by the naked eye, for example, Amethyst) and microcrystalline (crystals so small they can only be seen through a microscope, for example, Agate). All microcrystalline Quartzes fall under the subcategory of Chalcedony, which comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. One of these is Bloodstone.
Formation: Bloodstone is a type of Chalcedony, which is a fibrous quartz formed in temperatures below 100 degrees Celsius out of solutions rich in silicic acid, typically in igneous rocks. The silicic acid solutions flow through fine cracks and veins and into larger clefts and cysts. Particles of chlorite or hornblende needles in clear Chalcedony create a rich green color, with red spots of Jasper created by Iron oxidation. If the coloring is purely green and red, this type of Bloodstone is properly known as “Heliotrope.” If additional colors are present, the Bloodstone is called “Plasma.”
Mining: Typically mined from primary deposits which still have their original relationship with the host rock.
Enhancements: All varieties of Bloodstone on the market are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Synonyms: Heliotrope, Plasma, Green Jasper, Green Chalcedony, Blood Jasper, Babylonian Jasper
History of Bloodstone
Bloodstone is one of the most commonly used healing crystals, with a long and detailed historical tradition. It has been known by a wide variety of names throughout history, including Heliotrope, Plasma, Green Jasper, Green Chalcedony, Blood Jasper, and Babylonian Jasper. Today it is typically called either Bloodstone, referencing the drops of bright red, or Heliotrope, which comes from the Greek word for “solstice” and is thought to refer to its healing powers. For centuries it has been lauded for bringing courage, strength, and mental health.
It was first described by the ancient Greek historian/philosopher Damigeron in his work De Virtutibus Lapidum (The Virtues of Stones). He described Bloodstone’s incredible power stating, “Now, if it is put in a silver basin full of water and placed against the sun, it turns to it and makes it as if bloody and cloudy…the air becomes cloudy with thunder and lightning and rain and stones, so that even those experienced in the power of the stone are frightened and perturbed, such divine powers does this stone have.” Damigeron went on to call Bloodstone, “a preserver of health…offers protection against deception.” It was thought to be particularly good for detecting poison.
Vedic texts record the origin story of various gemstones including Bloodstone. Long ago, Vala, a demon, was killed and dismembered by the demigods. His body was scattered across the earth where it transformed into gems, including Bloodstone.
Although Bloodstone is a fairly common stone today, at one point it was considered quite rare. According to the Leyden Papyrus (ca. 250 CE), “The world has no greater thing; if any one have this with him, he will be given whatever he asks for; it also assuages the wrath of kings and despots, and whatever the wearer says will be believed. Whoever bears this stone, which is a gem, and pronounces the name engraved upon it will find all doors open, while bond and stone walls will be rent asunder.”
During the Middle Ages, Bloodstone was thought to be capable of making a person invisible. This power was referenced in the 12th century by Dante in The Divine Comedy, when he saw the damned in hell, “No hope of hiding-hole or heliotrope.”
Bloodstone has long been used against hemorrhaging. Europeans routinely pressed the stone against wounds. Spanish conquistadors later reported that Native Americans used Bloodstone for the same purpose. In 1574, Franciscan Frier Bernardino de Sahagun described how the Native Americans used Bloodstone during an outbreak of the plague, “The stone must be wet in cold water, and the sick man must take it in his right hand, and from time to time wet him with cold water. In this sort, the Indians do use them. And as touching the Indians, they have it for certain, that touching the same stone in some part where the blood runneth, that it doth restrain and in this they have great trust, for that effect hath been seen.” Europeans and Native Americans also had independent traditions for cutting Bloodstone into the shape of hearts for healing purposes.
One of the most famous legends associated with Bloodstone is a Christian one. Bloodstone was said to originally have been pure green Jasper which had formed at the foot of the cross. When drops of blood fell from Jesus Christ, they splattered on the stone marking it forever. Christian artists routinely used the stone for carving religious icons. The most extraordinary examples were carved so that the red spots appeared to flow from wounds on Christs face and body.
Ethically Sourced Bloodstone
The Miners sell to a Wholesaler Exporter.
The Exporter sells directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with one middlemen involved.
This Bloodstone was artisanally-mined near Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
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This Bloodstone was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
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I have been doing business with this source since 2014. They are the oldest tumbling company in the world and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The company started in California in the 1950s and was eventually bought by a British immigrant who had young sons. Eventually the company moved to South Africa in order to be closer to the source of their best-selling stone and to have the legal rights to export it. The company is now run by the sons and their childhood best friend.
The current owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women. Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I ask the owners directly. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of the stones I sell from sub-Sahara Africa.
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What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Heliotrope Bloodstone
Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal. If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.
Polishing Method: Drum polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.
- Color: Dark green with tiny red dots
- Polish: Shiny and smooth
- Quality: A
- Shape: Irregular tumbled shapes
- Size: Average size is 1 in / 25 mm
- Transparency: Opaque
- Weight: Average weight is .4 oz / 11 g / 56 carats
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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