Heliotrope (Bloodstone, Jasper) derives its name from the Greek word “Helios” meaning “to turn” conveying the various ancient notions about the manner in which the mineral reflects light. It has been used in carved signet rings for the traditional birthstone for March.
It was also believed that by touching the stone it could stop bleeding. Legend denotes that the bloodstone was formed from the blood of Christ dripping on the green earth and solidifying. It was thought to bring change and use as an amulet to protect against the evil eye. It is a symbol of justice. Medieval Christians used bloodstone to carve scenes of the crucifixion and martyrs. A beautiful example is the seal of the German Emperor Rudolf II which can be seen in Louvre in Paris. Finely pulverised bloodstone is still used as a medicine and aphrodisiac in India.
Bloodstone can be found in Brazil, India, China, Australia and the United States.
Heliotrope is the mineral most commonly known as bloodstone. It is a form of chalcedony which is cryptocrystalline mixture of quartz meaning it cannot be distinguished by the naked eye as the crystals are too small. It is monoclinic polymorph morganite. Bloodstone commonly appears in green chalcedony with red inclusions of iron oxide or red jasper. The inclusions cans sometimes be yellow or plasma. Heliotrope is transparent with red in it while plasma is deep green, opaque with little or no red inclusions. It appears glassy to waxy with an inconsistent colour of green derived from chlorite particles while the red inclusions are caused by iron oxide.
A good quality of bloodstone is one which has solid dark green colour and visible veins of red. The most common shapes bloodstone occurs in are cabochon, cushion cut, emerald cut, octagonal, oval and round.
It improves physical strength, health and well-being. It is used to protect the immune system .it assists with blood and energy circulation in the body and helps remove blocks. It fortifies the lymph and bladder as well as with flu, colds, infections, inflammation and pus formation. It also helps fortify the liver, spleen and intestine.
It enhances self-esteem and self-appreciation and calms anxiety. T promotes love for family and enhances wealth by improving the business. It aids setting boundaries and helps maintain control. It helps you to feel stronger sense of determination and help you regain your personal power. It helps build courage and strength of mind. It also raises self-esteem and was believed in ancient times to help avoid dangerous situations by becoming red in colour. The vibrations help you to dissipate confusion and become more peaceful and serene.
|Geometric Form :||Monoclinic|
|Colour Ray:||Red orange|
|Aura:||Red & white|
|Colour:||Green quartz with Red spots|