Bloodstone

Bloodstone is an ancient gemstone, and was historically regarded for its metaphysical aspects. Even today, many people find many metaphysical significance towards this gemstone because of its unique appearance and name. Although the modern-day birthstone for March is Aquamarine, Bloodstone is regarded as the traditional birthstone for March.

The red or brown spots in Bloodstone are formed by iron oxide impurities, especially Hematite. The solid green color is caused by dense inclusions of Chlorite or amphibole minerals inside the Chalcedony. The base color of Bloodstone may be solid green, but it often has an uneven color distribution, with lighter and darker green zones, or even bluish-gray or dark yellow streaks and spots.

USES

Bloodstone is most often cut into cabochons and beads, where it is used in bracelets and necklaces, and sometimes rings. It is only occasionally cut into other gemstone facets. Bloodstone has been traditionally used as a seal stone, and is sometimes carved into small carvings and figures.

OTHER NAMES

Blood Jasper
HeliotropeBloodstone is usually naturally colored and not enhanced.Bloodstone sources include India, Madagascar, Brazil, China, Australia, and Germany.The unique color habit of Bloodstone can distinguish it from all gemstones Carnelian is the red, orange, or amber variety of Chalcedony. Though often a solid color, it may also be banded, in which case it would be jointly classified as both Agate and Carnelian. Carnelian is an ancient gemstone, having been used as gem material since antiquity. Although still used a gemstone today, its significance and value has been diminished since the ancient times.
SIMILAR GEMSTONES
Bloodstone SOURCES
Bloodstone TREATMENTS AND ENHANCEMENTS
Chemical Formula SiO2
Color Red, Orange
Hardness 7
Crystal System Hexagonal
Refractive Index 1.54 – 1.55
SG 2.63 – 2.65
Transparency Transparent to nearly opaque
Double Refraction .009
Luster Vitreous
Cleavage None
Mineral Class Quartz (Chalcedony)

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