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  1. a greenish variety of chalcedony with small bloodlike spots of red jasper scattered through it.


/ ˈblʌdˌstəʊn /


  1. a dark-green variety of chalcedony with red spots: used as a gemstone Also calledheliotrope
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bloodstone1

First recorded in 1545–55; blood + stone
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Example Sentences

I must show it to you; also another, a carved bloodstone set in very curiously wrought iron.

"By the bloodstone on her finger" she must fail not in proving that undaunted courage was the jewel of her soul.

The walls are of a reddish hue, burnt by centuries of sun into the colour of raw sienna or of bloodstone.

A ring with a big bloodstone in the center, a bloodstone cunningly chiseled and marked, rested on the middle finger.

By the bloodstone on my finger, I'll keep my oath until the going down of one more sun.


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More About Bloodstone

What does bloodstone mean?

Bloodstone is a dark green gemstone with red flecks. It ranges from semi-translucent to opaque.

Bloodstone is also called heliotrope. It’s considered a semiprecious gem, which is a label applied to a class of gems that have a commercial value that’s less than that of stones labeled precious, such as diamonds.

Bloodstone is one of the birthstones for the month of March, the other being aquamarine. It is associated with the zodiac sign Aries.

Example: Her birthday is in March, so I’m getting her a bloodstone pendant.

Where does bloodstone come from?

The first records of the word bloodstone come from around 1550. It’s named for its bloodlike spots.

Bloodstone is the dark-green variety of the mineral chalcedony, which is a kind of microcrystalline quartz. The red spots in bloodstone are flecks of jasper, another kind of quartz. Historically, bloodstone has been used to make carvings and statues, with its red flecks often being used to represent blood.

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How is bloodstone used in real life?

Bloodstone is known for its blood-red spots. It’s the birthstone for the month of March.

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The specks of “blood” in bloodstone are flecks of copper.




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