Bloodstone Heart

$12.50

Spiritual Warrior

Awaken to your true spiritual life and path.

Live with courage, strength, and great integrity.

Be a true leader; bold, kind, and clear-minded. 

Master your thoughts and soothe painful emotions. 

Let Plasma Bloodstone teach you to be fearless!

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Healing Properties of 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.

Raw Bloodstone
Raw Bloodstone, Morvi, Gujarat, India

Mineralogy of Bloodstone

Mineral Family: Tectosilicate

Chemical Composition: SiO2 
Cleavage: None
Color: Dark green with red and yellow
Crystal System: Hexagonal/triagonal
Form/Habit: Tectosilicate
Fracture: Rough, brittle
Gravity: 2.6-2.64
Hardness: 6.5-7
Luminescence: None
Luster: Vitreous
Streak: White
Transparency: Opaque

Location: The most important deposits for Plasma Bloodstone are in India. Additional deposits are located in Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, and the United States. 

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, Bloodstone is properly known as “Heliotrope.” If additional colors are present, the Bloodstone is called “Plasma.”

Mining: Typically mined from primary deposits that 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

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Raw Bloodstone

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 directly to the Lapidary.

The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals. 

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is short.

The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.

 

 

The Mine

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. 

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

The Lapidary

This Bloodstone was polished in Mumbai, India.    

The Lapidary is owned by a woman and is a family business. 

The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first met the owner of the lapidary in 2014 at the Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona.  It was my first buying trip for my own store and I was nervous.  Most lapidary owners were brisk and impatient with my questions, especially when I asked about the mines and the supply chains.   But one man stood out to me as particularly patient and kind.  He had been a whole-seller for over twenty years, yet he was happy to meet someone brand-new to the industry.

He took time to talk to me about the stones.  They came from his home country of India and he was able to tell me exactly which state or territory each one came from and some of the conditions at the individual mines.  When I told him that I wanted to source ethically, he said that it would be difficult, but that it was worthwhile challenge.  He made me feel like I could succeed, both at ethical sourcing and at being a business woman.

I looked forward to a long business relationship with him.  He died, unexpectedly, in 2016.

I stayed in touch with his family and in 2017 met his wife, teenage daughter, and his father.  This three-generation family has picked up the pieces and learned how to run the business.  The wife had never worked before, but she has gracefully stepped into her new role as a business owner.  Her father-in-law offers practical and moral support, but makes sure that everyone knows that SHE is the boss and that checks should be written directly to her.  The family continues to be supportive of my efforts to ethically source.  More than any other lapidary, they are willing to speak openly with me about the difficult parts of the industry. They have invited me to visit them in India, to visit the mines and their lapidary.  The daughter is now a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Graduate and is interested in reiki and other healing modalities.  As she has grown up, she has become increasingly concerned about ethical issues.  The wife, the daughter and I are in active conversation about how we can support each other so that their supply chain becomes more ethical.

Safe Handling of Blooodstone

Plasma Bloodstone

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Plasma 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.

Origin: India

Polishing Method: Polished by hand, one stone at a time. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Unique mixture of green, red, and yellow
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Puffy Heart
  • Size: Average size is 1 x 1 x 0.5 in / 25 x 25 x 12 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is .6 oz / 17 g / 85 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

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