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Bloodstone is a green jasper dotted with bright red spots of iron oxide. It is sometimes called Blood Green or blood jasper. It was once known as Heliotrope because polished stones were described as reflecting the sun.

Sometimes Fancy Jasper is called bloodstone, but they are very different stones, as Fancy Jasper comes in many colors.

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The mineral heliotrope, also known as bloodstone, is a form of chalcedony (which is a cryptocrystalline mixture of quartz and its monoclinic polymorph moganite). The “classic” bloodstone is green chalcedony with red inclusions of iron oxide or red jasper. Sometimes the inclusions are yellow, in which case the mineral is given the name plasma

The red inclusions are supposed to resemble spots of blood; hence the name “bloodstone”. The name “heliotrope” (from Greek – helios, Sun, trepein, to turn) derives from various ancient notions about the manner in which the mineral reflects light.

Heliotrope is the traditional birthstone for March.

The bloodstone is used for circulation of all energy in the body and helps to remove energy blocks. Bloodstone is used in the alignment of all the centers of the body.  It also aids in the circulation of blood. It is good to have several pieces of Bloodstone in the home to increase the flow of life energy.


Color: Green, Apple Green
Color of streak: White
Moh’s hardness: 6½-7
Specific gravity: 2.58-2.64
Cleavage: None
Fracture: Rough, Brittle
Crystal system: Hexagonal (triagonal); Microcrystalline Aggregates
Chemical composition: SiO2 Silicon Dioxide
Transparency: Transparent, Opaque
Refractive index: 1.530-1.539
Double refraction: up to +0.004
Dispersion: None
Pleochroism: None
Absorption spectrum: Natural: 4439 Dyed with nickel: 6320, 4439
Fluorescence: None