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bloodstone

[ bluhd-stohn ]
/ ˈblʌdˌstoʊn /
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noun
a greenish variety of chalcedony with small bloodlike spots of red jasper scattered through it.
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Also called heliotrope.

Origin of bloodstone

First recorded in 1545–55; blood + stone
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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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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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British Dictionary definitions for bloodstone

bloodstone
/ (ˈblʌdˌstəʊn) /

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