WHAT IS BLOODSTONE (HELIOTROPE) MEANING
The name heliotrope is derived from Greek “helios” meaning «sun” and “trope” meaning “direction”. It is called a green variety of chalcedony with bright red spots or stripes oxidized hematite. A stone with this name was already mentioned in the writings of Pliny (I in. N. E.).
In the Middle Ages with the characteristic blemishes blemishes identified the blood of Jesus Christ, and the stone was called a “blood” stone.
In Christian culture bloodstone gem called a stone of St. Stephen. Another name of heliotrope gem in history – “eastern Jasper”.
There are known heliotrope deposits in Central Asia (Bukhara), in the Urals, Australia, China and Brazil. It has long been mined bloodstone in Egypt and Calcutta. In Europe, bloodstone believed as “his talisman” scholars and sages.
The ancient source of bloodstone was the Kathiawar Peninsula of India, with modern sources in Brasil and Australia.
It is a dark green variety of chalcedony coloured by traces of iron silitates and with patches of bright red jasper distributed throughout its mass.
It occurrence is, as with the other chalcedonies, through deposition from low-temperature, silica-rich waters percolating through cracks and fissures in other rocks.
BLOODSTONE (HELIOTROPE) HEALING PROPERTIES
Bloodstone endowed many magical properties, it was considered the best Christian amulet. Not surprisingly, bloodstone (heliotrope) has long been used for the manufacture of various amulets to prevent loos of blood.
The red spots on some stones have been utilized on some cameos to indicate drops of blood on carves figures of Christ, especially in Italy in the 16th century.
During the Middle Ages in Europe it was used in sculptures representing flagellation and martyrdom.
It was belived to prevent nosebleeds, remove anger and discord, and to be a remedy for haemorrhage and inflammatory diseases.
In India bloodstone gems are symbols of courage and wisdom. Besides, the Indian yoga bloodstone is regarded as a stone, forming a strong energy field that can protect the owner of the stone from the negative influences.
It is believed that bloodstone jewelry can mitigate the wrath of the rulers.
Litoterapists believe bloodstone gem have a healing energy Yang. They improve your circulation, in particular increase the amount of hemoglobin in the blood.
These stones “purify” the blood and help stop the bleeding. Perhaps this view has also emerged through bloodstone color with their characteristic blood-red inclusions. Bloodstone jewellery increases physical and mental activity, helps to resist stresses.