Bloodstone: The Gem of Legends
Bloodstone, characterized by its deep green hue punctuated with vivid red iron oxide speckles reminiscent of blood droplets, is a distinctive variant of Chalcedony. This diverse species encompasses other well-known varieties such as jasper, agate, aventurine, and onyx. Historically, bloodstone has been revered and is alternatively known as heliotrope. This ancient name, “heliotrope,” is inspired by the gem’s polished appearance, which was believed to mirror the sun setting over the ocean. Predominantly fashioned into cabochons, bloodstone’s rich history and symbolism have also made it a popular choice for intricate carvings, notably of crucifixes and martyrs, earning it another moniker: the martyr’s stone.
Deposits of bloodstone can be found across the globe, with significant sources in India, Brazil, China, Australia, and the United States.
Properties and Variants
With a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, bloodstone boasts a durable nature suitable for various jewelry applications. As of now, there are no known treatments or lab-created versions of this unique gemstone.