Bloodstone is a dark green variety of chalcedony adorned with a splatter of bright red. It has been a popular gemstone for at least two thousand years and has served as the modern birthstone for the month of March since 1912. Bloodstone is sometimes referred to as "heliotrope" by European authors and in works of the 18th century and earlier.
Bloodstone was used by Babylonians to make seals and amulets. This ancient gemstone was believed to have healing powers, especially for blood disorders. It is sometimes called the “martyr’s stone,” as legend tells that it was created when drops of Christ’s blood stained jasper at the foot of the cross.
Many other ancient cultures believed bloodstone gems had magical powers, with some references to its ability to heal dating back to 5000 BC.
The Babylonians used bloodstone in their divination, and the Egyptians prized bloodstone because they believed it helped them to defeat their enemies. They also believed it increased their strength or made them invisible.
Still, others believed that bloodstone could help control or change the weather, win legal battles or give the gift of prophecy. It was so loved for its properties, many used the gemstone in jewelry, signet rings, and even small cups or statues.
This bloodstone tower is 3 1/2" tall. It has a gorgeous druzy vein running down the length of it. I love the deep, forest green color.
NOTE: The above is intended to educate on the myth, legend and historical lore of bloodstone and is not meant to be interpreted as fact. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any ailments.