From the eyes of a diamond jeweler, entrepreneur, and army veteran.

Month: April 2017

Aquamarine: Crystallized Seawater

Aquamarine: Crystallized Seawater

People born in March can enjoy the many benefits of Aquamarine as a birthstone. Translated from Latin, aquamarine means “water from the sea,” aqua meaning “water” and marina meaning “the sea.” Aquamarine is a variety of the gem species beryl, which is also related to […]

Diamonds: From The Beginning

Diamonds: From The Beginning

Where in the world do I start on talking about diamonds? How in the world can I even begin to describe the glories of a gemstone composed of carbon? That’s right, diamonds are made of carbon. The carbon atoms are processed in minerals where carbon […]

Bloodstone: A Surprise Birthstone for March

Bloodstone: A Surprise Birthstone for March

As a gemologist, I am excited to tell you that there is another birthstone for the month of March.

Not only can people born in March enjoy the tranquility of aquamarine, they can also benefit from the gloriousness of a variety of chalcedony quartz called bloodstone.

Chalcedony quartz is a variety of quartz that is composed of millions of small quartz crystals. The crystals are so tiny that a special microscope is needed just to see the crystal structure.

What makes bloodstone unique are the bright red patches all over the dark green surface. The red spots get their color from iron oxide.

Courtesy of The American Gem Society

Bloodstone is also called heliotrope. The first descriptive name comes from bright red spots that cover the stone’s surface. The second name comes from the Greek words for the sun, helios, and to turn, trepein. Combined, heliotrope means “to turn to the sun.”

Martyr’s stone is another nickname for bloodstone because legend has it that the bright red spots came from the blood of Christ when He was nailed to the cross. You’ll see a wide variety of Christian jewelry with bloodstone in the market.

Even before Christ’s time, bloodstone was praised for possessing healing powers and powers associated with the sun.

People believed that bloodstone had healing powers, specifically for blood disorders. It was also thought to improve strength, increase mental clarity, and bring good fortune.

The sun aspect exists because people used to believe that the red patches in the bloodstone reflected light. So much so people believed that if you placed bloodstone in water, the sun will turn red, to match the red patches in the stone.

Traditionally, bloodstone is reserved for men’s jewelry, like our 14K Bloodstone Men’s Ring, which can be found on our website.

Bloodstone, with its remarkable benefits, is bountiful all over the world. This lovely stone can be found primarily in Australia, Brazil, and India. It can also be found in China and the United States.