female admiring her layers of bloodstone beaded necklaces as man sits stoically behind her with mirror

What is Bloodstone?

Bloodstone is a green Chalcedony with red inclusions. Chalcedony is compact, microscopic Quartz. The Bloodstone’s green is from Chlorite or Hornblende inclusions and the red inclusions are Red Jasper or Iron Oxide inclusions like Hematite. These red spots resemble blood, which is why the stone was called Bloodstone.

Sometimes you will find yellow in the Bloodstone and it is then also known as Plasma. 

Where is Bloodstone Found?

Bloodstone is found in India, Brazil, China, Australia and the USA.

Legend of Bloodstone

Christians carved scenes of the cruxification from Bloodstone because it was known as the Martyr’s Stone. The legend first formed when Jesus’ blood fell and stained the Jasper crystals at the foot of his cross.

What Color is Bloodstone?

There are two main types of Bloodstone varying in colors: 

African Bloodstone: Also known as Setonite, African Bloodstone is a translucent to opaque green Chalcedony with mottled red and green inclusions.

Indian Bloodstone: Also known as Heliotrope, Indian Bloodstone is a dark green and white Chalcedony with specks of highly-sought red inclusions. Sometimes Indian Bloodstone may contain fancy Jasper or Moss Agate.

Sheila's Personal Experience with Bloodstone

Bloodstone is a sacrificing stone. A few of my clients have reported back on the stone losing its color after working with it energetically!

I had a beautiful raw chunk of Bloodstone when I lived in Boston, which I reluctantly sold before I moved back to California. I still think about it. I would keep it in my wealth corner. Goes to show that you should always listen to your instincts!

Recently, another client told me that she gifted one of our Bloodstone stretch bracelets to her Buddhist monk and he reported that the red colors in the stone increased over time! Both of these changing color phenomenas are quite intriguing!

Lisa's Experience with Bloodstone

I like Bloodstone for its dark forest green color. I have a Bloodstone worry stone with a thumb dip formation that I rub any time anxiety rises. Bloodstone is a stone of courage, and allows me to jump back on track despite any fears.

The coolest piece of Bloodstone I have had was a raw glassy chunk that I found in a rock shop in Portland. It was about 4 inches long with a deep green color and red flecks. It has long since been sold to a lucky someone. 

What are the Metaphysical Properties of Bloodstone?

In crystal healing, Bloodstone is all about sacrifice. Like Jesus on the cross, Bloodstone is known to sacrifice its own energies for those in need. As related in the stories above, you will sometimes find the colors fading. Whether you wish to believe that it's metaphysical or a physical phenomena is up to you! 

Besides being a generous and giving stone, Bloodstone is known for the following metaphysical healing properties: 

  • Bloodstone grounds the heart energy to reduce irritability, aggression and impatience.

  • Bloodstone helps circulate the energy through your meridians, which are like the veins of your aura. 

  • Bloodstone is a stone of courage. 

Note: Bloodstone is a porous crystal, so it will reject its polish in water. Keep it out of water if it is polished.

What is Bloodstone Used for?

  • Red and Green being opposite on the color wheel, Bloodstone may harmonize two people who are opposites – carry similar pieces programmed for the same purpose.

  • Bloodstone strengthens the heart, wear or place over the Heart Chakra.

  • Meditate or lie on Bloodstone to help raise the kundalini energy (dormant energy that lies at the base of our spines until we awaken it to reach enlightenment).

  • Keep Bloodstone in your wealth corner to retain the wealth in your life.

What chakra is Bloodstone good for?

Bloodstone is excellent for the Heart Chakra, pumping fresh energies to your love center. If it has the red hematite inclusions, you can also use the stone for the Root Chakra for grounding and physical energy. 

Is my Birthstone Aquamarine or Bloodstone?

If you were born in the month of March, your birthstone shows up as both Aquamarine and Bloodstone. Aquamarine is on the traditional Birthstone List and Bloodstone is an alternative. You can use either or both. It's always great to have options! 

Mineral Facts of Bloodstone

Bloodstone is a relatively hard stone at a 6.5 – 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness.

Surface Color: Dark Green, Red, Yellow

Streak Color: (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): White

Group: Silicate (one Silicon surrounded by 2 Oxygen atoms)

Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): None

Fracture (where you break the crystal not on a natural cleavage): Conchoidal (clam-like fracture which looks like broken glass)

Luster: Vitreous (glassy)

Transparency: Translucent (light flows through crystal but with obstructions) to Opaque (no light flows through crystal)

Crystal System: Hexagonal (6 sided)

Crystal Habit: Cryptocrystalline (stones composed of crystals too small to be seen by a mineral microscope)

Bloodstone Jewelry & Stones

Bloodstone is an attractive and durable stone, so it's easy to polish into beads. It is a relatively inexpensive crystal, but “Indian Bloodstone” which is dark green with pronounced red flecks is the most sought after. Our Bloodstone jewelry pieces are some of the best sellers at Satin Crystals. We offer Bloodstone earrings, necklaces, pendants, anklets, rings and sometimes even cufflinks.

Larger chunks of Indian Bloodstone are harder to find, but we do get in polished balls, slabs and figurines from time to time. Some will show more of the red and others will be a lighter green, so if you do see one with a rich green with the red speckles, I'd jump on the opportunity! 

Are you drawn to Bloodstone?

How have you used Bloodstone in your healing work? Have you placed it in your wealth corner? Do you wear Bloodstone jewelry? 

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