In ancient times, bloodstone was called heliotrope, which roughly translates from Greek to “sun-turning.” It was named as such because it turned blood red in the setting sun. It was believed that the first bloodstone was formed when Christ’s blood dripped at the foot of the cross, staining jasper that turned into bloodstone.
Another version of bloodstone is called plasma. Compared to the heliotrope version, it is an opaque, deep green with little to no red.
Bloodstone is a type of chalcedony. The amount of chlorite particles affects how green the stone is. The red spots—which resemble blood—come from iron oxide. Gemstones can have a luster that is glassy or waxy.
This stone can be found around the world, in places such as India, the United States, Germany, Australia, and more.
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