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As a type of chalcedony quartz that is also called heliotrope, bloodstone is named for the peppered red spots that appear throughout the stone. Referred to as "the martyrs stone," in medieval times it was the favorite carving medium used to depict scenes of the cruxifiction and martyrs. According to legend, bloodstone was formed when Jesus' blood dripped from the cross and stained the jasper at his feet. Thus, bloodstone became the holy protective stone of the crusaders. The ancient Greeks believed it was the connecting stone between the gods, men, and the earth.

Because of its sacred beginnings, bloodstone is believed to stop hemorrhaging. Healers use bloodstone to alleviate stomach and bowel pains, as well as strengthen the organs responsible for blood circulation. Bloodstone is additionally believed to be a magical stone that can help a person better understand the ways of the world.

Bloodstone
Bloodstone
Bloodstone
Bloodstone