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Bloodstone, also known as the mineral heliotrope, is commonly known as green jasper with iron oxide inclusions, giving a reddish color that resembled specks of blood, hence the name. The primary source of finding bloodstone is India, followed by Australia, Brazil, China, and United States.


Bloodstones are the original birthstone of March. Aquamarine and jasper are also considered birthstones for March.

During the Middle Ages, bloodstones were thought to hold the blood of Jesus, giving powers such as miraculous healing and invisibility. Christians often carved scenes of the crucifixion and images of martyrs.