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.
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.