Here are 10 fun facts about bloodstone crystals:

  • The modern gemstone for March is aquamarine, however, traditionally and historically, bloodstone is the original birthstone for March.
  • Bloodstone corresponds with the zodiac sign Pisces.
  • Bloodstone's connected to the planet Mars. The red in the stone is symbolic of the planet Mars' color. It is also linked to the element of fire.
  • The bloodstone is also referred to as heliotrope or "sunstone" because it changes color when wet.
  • Many years ago, the ancients believed heliotrope turned its wearer invisible.
  • The Bloodstone birthstone is a type of Chalcedony. It is dark green color with red spots or inclusions.
  • The bloodstone birthstone is also known as Heliotrope. This name comes from the Greek words for "sun" and "to turn" because the dark green stones show red spots like drops of blood when turned towards the sun.
  • Bloodstone's color is a result of Hematite, a form of iron oxidide, which also turns rust red.
  • The Mohls Scale of Hardness rates bloodstone gems at 6.5-7 in hardness, making them great gemstones for jewelry because they do not scratch easily.
  • Bloodstone is a type of Jasper that gets its name from the red spots that look like blood. Thus, the red inclusions in a bloodstone crystal represent the heart and circulation.
  • Bloodstone rocks are found in India, Australia, Brazil, Madagascar and the USA.
  • Bloodstone rocks are found in many parts of the world, but the best quality stones come from India.
  • In India, the bloodstone gem is also an aphrodisiac.
  • The bloodstone gemstone is easily sourced, thus it is an affordable stone.
  • Bloodstone gems are powerful healing stones that help to improve circulation and detoxify the body.
  • Bloodstone gemstones also have a strong connection to the earth and are a good stone for grounding.