Before we get into varied bloodstone meanings, lets look first at where it is found. Most of the worlds mines are located in Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, China, Germany, India, Russia, Scotland and the USA. Few people realize there are 10 states in the USA from which quantities of bloodstone gemstone are minded. They include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas.

What we call the bloodstone gemstone is a combination of green chalcedony (a mixture of quartz and moganite) also called a green jasper and inclusions of iron oxide or red jasper. Occasionally the stone is found with yellow inclusions and in this form is it called plasma however it is the green and red form that is the telltale variety most people think of when they think about a bloodstone gemstone.

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Bloodstone Gemstone Historical, Healing, Metaphysical and Magical properties

At one time, bloodstone gem was known as Heliotrope. The word heliotrope is composed of the greek word for “the sun”, helios and the greek word for “to turn”, trepein. The first historical uses of bloodstone gemstone were to cause changes in the weather. One bloodstone meaning that is associated with this belief is if you put a bloodstone gem in water and allowed that water (and the gemstone) to absorb the rays of the sun, it would cause a storm to rise up in the area.

During the Middle Ages, the red spots on the bloodstone gemstone were believed to be the blood of Jesus and the early Christians thought the stone held all the supposed powers of Jesus, including the ability to make the wearer invisible. Some believe when Jesus was on the cross, his blood fell on some jasper on the ground at the foot of the cross and this is how the bloodstone gem was created. It was said that the stones from that area held tremendous ability to heal almost anything and the gemstone was given the nickname “The Martyr’s Stone” because of it.

Perhaps the best known bloodstone meaning is when we call it a hero’s gemstone. It was often seen in armor breast plates and on swords for it’s ability to arouse courage in the most dangerous situations. Also considered to be a very strong healing gem allowing the wearer to remain strong in battle long after those around you have fallen. In ancient times, warriors carried a bloodstone gemstone amulet into battle with them because it was thought that if the amulet was applied to a wound, it would cause the wound to quit bleeding. Ancient Egyptians used bloodstone gemstone magic to help them win in battles. They used magically empowered gemstones as amulets for the warriors to increase their personal strength.

Bloodstone Gems make a great gift for anyone that earns their living from their art. It promotes creativity, self-expression, and artistry. Keep one of more bloodstone gemstone on your desk or work table to help increase your business and wealth. Even those that do not run their own business can benefit by allowing the stone to attract additional sources of income into their lives.

Continue Below for the technical aspects of Bloodstone Gemstone

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Main Chakra: heart

Planet: Mars

Vibrates to the number: 4 & 6

Element: Fire

Astrological Sign: Aries, Pisces, Scorpio


Chemical Composition – SiO2 with variouis impurities

Hardness – 7

Specific Gravity – 2.65 to 2.66

Refractive Index (R.I.) – 1.53-1.54

Bi-refringence – 0.003 – 0.009

Optic Sign – positive

Optical Character – Uniaxial