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

First recorded in 1545–55; blood + stone
Also called heliotrope.
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Examples from the Web for bloodstone

Historical Examples of bloodstone

  • The cases were sometimes of crystal or bloodstone, and enamelled designs and chased gold work were predominant features.

    Chats on Old Clocks

    Arthur Hayden

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

    Mary Ware's Promised Land

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • I completed my cloth jacket, and Charlie gave me some bloodstone buttons for it.

  • Heliotrope or Bloodstone, a variety of quartz (chalcedony or jasper) of a deep green colour, with bright red spots.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

  • The burnish is given by rubbing the piece with burnishers of hematite (bloodstone).

British Dictionary definitions for bloodstone


  1. a dark-green variety of chalcedony with red spots: used as a gemstoneAlso called: heliotrope
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