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!
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.
Healing Properties of Heliotrope Bloodstone
Spiritual: Heliotrope Bloodstone is a highly protective stone that helps us remain spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically strong. It encourages trust in one’s self as well as in the Divine. It helps us move forward confidently despite obstacle, and awakens us to our real spiritual life. Heliotrope 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: Heliotrope Bloodstone is a protective and calming stone. It soothes irritability, aggressiveness, impatience, and loneliness. It encourages feelings of self-sufficiency and grounding. Heliotrope Bloodstone is the stone of noble warriors and offers gifts of tremendous courage and kindness.
Mental: Heliotrope Bloodstone helps us to stay in control of ourselves and respond correctly to new and shifting situations. It reminds us to be here now, fully in the present, and awake to its inherent possibilities. It is a wonderful dreaming stone, encouraging lucid dreams.
Physical: Heliotrope Bloodstone helps revitalize and energize the body. It has been used by metaphysical healers for centuries to treat hemorrhages and other blood conditions such as anemia, as well as healing the physical heart. It is considered one of the best immune-boosting minerals, and helps to detoxify and strengthen the entire body.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Bloodstone Heart
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 and clean.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Bloodstone was artisanally mined in 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
This Bloodstone was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is owned by two long-time friends and business partners.
Unusual for India, factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met one of the owners of the lapidary at the Denver Gem Show in 2017. Our first encounter was short since it was my last day of shopping and I had already spent most of my budget. But their tumbled stock was the highest quality I had ever seen. A few months later we met again in Tucson and this time I made sure to see them at the beginning of the show!
In 2019, at the Tucson Gem Show, I was able to sit down with both owners and have a lengthy conversation about sourcing. Unlike most vendors, they were willing to speak with me in-depth about how they make sure their business is ethical. We talked about individual mines they source from both in India as well as how they source from other countries. We also talked about how they treat their own workers and about the links between business, karma and God. Their willingness to talk and their pleasure at the conversation makes me eager to continue to develop and deepen this relationship.
Heliotrope Bloodstone Tumbled Stone
Color: Dark Green with tiny red spots. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Blooodstone
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