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Appearance, Uses and History
An opaque Jasper with a dark green matrix with ‘blood splatter’ markings on the surface.
This material is often referred to as Blood Jasper or Heliotrope.
It is often used for carvings, as a decorative material, or for jewellery. It was especially popular in Edwardian and Georgian jewellery, such as signet rings, cufflinks, and seals.
There are a significant number of myths and legends about the stone, particularly from the Romans, and was mentioned by Pliny in
This material is found in Indonesia, with smaller sources in Armenia, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Kenya, Australia, India, and the USA.
Photos of Bloodstone / Heliotrope
Hazards and Warnings
Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.
- حجر الدم
- pedra de sangue
- এক ধরনের মূল্যবান পাথর
- batu darah
- гелиотропный камень
- pierre de sang
Mandarin and Traditional Chinese:
- بلڈ اسٹون
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