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

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

Bloodstone is found in India, Brazil, China, Australia and the USA. It is a 6.5 – 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness.

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.

Types of Bloodstone

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 deep green and white chalcedony with specks of highly sought red inclusions. Sometimes may contain fancy Jasper.

Metaphysical Properties of Bloodstone

  • 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)

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

  • Regulates blood issues: bleeding, menstruation, sunstroke, anemia, etc.

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

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

Mineral Facts of Bloodstone

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)

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!

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!