The official gemstone for the astrological sign of Aries.
Treasured in ancient times, Bloodstone (also known as Heliotrope) served as the birthstone for March, until it was replaced in 1912 by Aquamarine. Once referred to as the martyr’s stone, medieval Christians often carved scenes of the crucifixion into Bloodstone.
According to legend, the origin of this gemstone formed when Christ’s blood fell to the foot of the cross, staining Jasper below. A fine example of carved Bloodstone can be found in the Louvre featuring a seal of the famous German Emperor, Rudolf II.
The virtues ascribed to this gem are that it is good for circulation of both energy and blood in the body. It is said to aid in the removal of energy blocks, and placing several pieces of this gemstone in the home is suggested to enhance the flow of life’s energy.
Gemmologist George Fredick Kunz wrote “Aries. Who on this world of ours his eyes, in Aries open shall be wise, if always on his hand there lies a Bloodstone”.
Bloodstone is a member of the Chalcedony group of gems, who in turn belong to the cryptocrystalline family of Quartz. The gem is mined in the USA, Brazil, China, India and Australia.