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Bloodstone/Heliotrope - Get to Know This Gemstone

limz Published On Mon Feb 17 2020   Modified On Mon Feb 17 2020
Bloodstone/Heliotrope - Get to Know This Gemstone

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.

Origin and History

Rough Bloodstone Crystal.
Rough Bloodstone Crystal.
Image Source: Crystal Vaults

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.

Formation Process

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.


  • Plasma
  • Seftonite
  • Fancy Jasper
  • Iona Bloodstone
  • Agate Bloodstone
  • Blue Bloodstone
  • Dragon Bloodstone
  • Brazilian Bloodstone
  • Bloodstone Quartz
  • African Bloodstone

Colors Available

Bloodstone Cabochons.
Bloodstone Cabochons.
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The color of Bloodstone varies from dark green to dark bluish-green.

Mines Available

  • Bloodstone Gold Mine, Western Australia, Australia
  • Bloodstone Mine, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Jeffery Mine, Quebec, Canada

Cost Per Carat

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.

Spiritual Properties

  • Bloodstone helps to promote courage, aid in decision making, protect from any kind of evil, prevent jealousy, increase creativity, bring good luck, and increase mental clarity.
  • These stones can cure blood disorders, detoxify the immune and lymphatic systems, strengthen bone marrow, aid ailments, and remove poisons from snake bites.
  • It also helps to nourish the emotional feelings, inspire determination, reduce stress and anxiety, increase self-esteem, wash away sorrow, and induce lucid dreams.


German Silver Bloodstone Jewelry Necklace.
German Silver Bloodstone Jewelry Necklace.
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  • Iron oxide impurities help to form red or brown spots in the Bloodstone.
  • Bloodstone has a triclinic crystal system and a specific gravity of 2.61.
  • The Christians believed that the red spots in these stones came from the blood of Jesus Christ when he was crucified.
  • The specimens of Bloodstone that has yellow spots instead of red spots are known as Plasma gemstone.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • David Von Jewelry, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • The Antique Jewelry Company, London, England
  • Ann-Louise, Kamloops, Canada

Online Stores

  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Zales

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