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Blood Stone

BLOOD STONE CHARACTERISTICS

  • Origin of the name: It was so named because it gave out blood-coloured splinters when placed in a vase filled with water under the sunlight.
  • Group: Microcrystalline Quartz
  • Chemical composition: Silicon dioxide SiO2
  • Hardness: Between 6.5 and 7
  • Crystal System: Rhombohedral
  • Deposits: Australia, Brazil, China, United States
  • Colours: Dark green with red spots, shades of yellow.

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BLOOD STONE: ITS HISTORY, ORIGIN AND COMPOSITION, AND ITS LITHOTHERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES AND VIRTUES

HISTORY OF BLOOD STONE

Bloodstone, or heliotrope, is a deep green, earthy mineral with red spots. During Antiquity, this gem was much sought after and highly appreciated as it was considered the most beautiful gem. It can also be found under the name of « Christ’s stone » or « Sun’s stone ». The purity of blood, life, vitality, strength, passion and courage emanate from this mineral, which is why this jewel often serves as a talisman, and seems to have a mystical or even magical power and protects its wearer. During Antiquity and the Middle Ages, it was revered and nicknamed « rain bearer », as it was seen as a gem that could predict storms and control rain and wind to protect crops from drought or save sailors and ships from storms.

Green and brown jaspers were considered the most powerful minerals because of hematite. It was not only used by Europeans: the American Indians first used it for land and water dowsing. In particular, Jasper was used a lot to increase sensitivity to the earth.
It was often used for divination, as a mineral oracle, to understand the sounds of wind, rain or thunder. Legend has it that you can get what you want by asking politely and repeating yourself until the request is granted.

The name of this jewel, heliotrope, comes from the Greek : « helios », for « sun » and « trepeinï », for « turn ». It is a mixture of iron, quartz and chalcedony. The other name of blood stone was given by Pliny the Elder who named it first because of the red spots appearing on the jewel once it is oriented towards the sun and plunged into the water. For a long time, they were plunged into the water and oriented towards the sun to perform divination rites and weather control rites to predict and control storms.
The gem was also often used in jewellery, especially to create pieces made of glyptics bearing esoteric or votive inscriptions. In the Middle Ages, it was associated with the blood of Christ: Christians wore it as a talisman and thought it could make them invisible. Others thought that heliotrope was created when the blood of Jesus fell on plasma at the « foot of the Cross ». Damigueron, a Greek philosopher, believed that it protects the wearer from deception, which is why it is often depicted in scenes of martyrdom or scourging. At that time, it was also used in medicinal remedies: apothecaries reduced it to powder and mixed it with honey and eggs to cure tumours. It could also heal wounds and bleeding, in the form of a paste. Finally, apothecaries believed that it could suck the venom from a snake bite when it was reapplied as a paste to the wound. Nowadays, it is again used to make jewellery: cabochons, pendants, bracelets, necklaces, etc., but also to create small statuettes and small utensils.

ORIGIN AND COMPOSITION OF BLOOD STONE

It has a deep greenish colour: not glassy like emerald, but rather earthy. This green is sprinkled with small red spots. Unlike jasper, which is made of a mixture of detrital quartz and touches of chlorite and sometimes other minerals such as hematite, it has a plasma base. It is mainly found in mines in Australia, China, India (where the original Deccan deposit is located), Cyprus, Ethiopia, Germany, Great Britain, Scotland, Brazil or the United States. It is formed in fibrous crystals in a spherical arrangement, so micro crystals are mainly at the origin of this jewel, which does not give a very large product. It has not been assigned to any birth month, so it is not a birthstone.

LITHOTHERAPEUTIC VIRTUES AND PROPERTIES OF BLOOD STONE

BLOOD STONE’S PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS

It allows the user to gain control over himself, his emotions and his psychology. It therefore has a great effect on the mind. It also helps to overcome difficult moments in life such as lack of motivation, discouragement or uncertainty in the face of a difficult choice. It therefore allows you to concentrate on yourself and to regain energy and strength. The courage that emanates from this jewel gives a feeling of stability and protection. It warms the heart and allows you to make choices with a clear conscience. It also helps to refocus the auric bodies by allowing them to take root in the earth. It repels negative entities and eases the minds.

BLOOD STONE’S PHYSICAL BENEFITS

In lithotherapy, beyond the mental, physical and health aspects, it allows healing as it is often used to treat blood circulation disorders. It also treats lupus. It can have an effect on haemorrhoids and varicose vein wound disorders. During a massage, it can be used close to the bladder in order to soothe pain, especially related to the urinary tract. More generally, it helps to strengthen the immune system, detoxify the kidneys and liver, purify the bone marrow and rebalance sugars. This jewel can also sooth menstrual pain and body discomfort for menopausal women.

Finally, what can be added is that its purifying energy associated with dynamism greatly helps the wearer in case of health problems, fatigue and loss of form. It is of great help more generally for the purification of the lymph, blood circulation and heart. It also helps the heart and circulation system to function properly, while strengthening the immune system, thus helping to prevent the wearer from all minor infections and everyday problems.

BLOOD STONE SYMBOLISM

  • Blood stone helps to overcome passions.

BLOOD STONE TRADITIONS

  • It is the symbol of the lost lover.
  • This stone revolves around the sun-like sunflowers (“hélios”).