Bloodstone is a variety of chalcedony and cryptocrystalline mixture of quartz. Along with Aquamarine, it is the birthstone of March and the zodiac stone of Aries (March 20 to April 21). These stones are believed to be related to the planet Mars.
Bloodstone is said to be one of the most powerful stones that symbolizes passion, desire, passionate love, blood, and fire.
Let us learn more about Bloodstone or Heliotrope.
Bloodstone, also known as Heliotrope, is a dark green to dark bluish-green stone that is covered with red or brown spots. It is a mixture of quartz and a form of jasper. These stones are deeply associated with the root chakra and it helps to open up and balance the root chakra. It helps to connect the body to the Earth, balance the mood swings, be physically aware, re-align the energy, ward-off negative vibes, and balance the flow of energy in one's physical body.
Bloodstones are believed to be discovered around 3000 BC. As these stones resemble blood-like spots in it, it was named "Bloodstone". Another name for Bloodstone, Heliotrope was derived from the Greek word "Helios" and "Trepin" which means "Sun-turning". Albertus Magnus, a German Catholic Dominican friar, and bishop called it "Stone of Babylon" and believed that it had many magical properties. These stones were mentioned by Pliny the Elder that the magicians used it as the stone of invisibility.
Just like most of the other gemstones, when magma, the molten or semi-molten natural material, rises to the surface crust of the Earth and begins to cool down slowly, Bloodstones are formed. The presence of red spots in these stones is because it contains hematite which is a form of iron oxide.
The chemical formula of Bloodstone is SiO2 (Silicon Dioxide). These stones have a hardness of 6.5-7 according to the Mohs scale and they have a vitreous luster.
The color of Bloodstone varies from dark green to dark bluish-green.
The price of Bloodstone can vary anywhere from $10-$80 par carat according to its color and quality.
Bloodstone or Heliotrope can be used as a gemstone or an ornamental stone in jewelry.
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