A Writers Guide to Bloodstone



Bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, is a form of chalcedony. The classic bloodstone is a deep green with crimson inclusions of iron oxide or red jasper. The red spots resemble blood, giving rise to the name “bloodstone.” The term heliotrope is often used when referring to bloodstone that has yellow inclusions, rather than red. It is called plasma stone.

The name heliotrope is derived from the ancient belief the polished stones reflected the sun.

History and Lore

  • In ancient times, bloodstone was believed to give off audible sounds giving guidance to the holder.
  • In ancient Christianity, it was believed bloodstone was created when the blood of Christ dripped from the cross onto a green stone.
  • Albert the Great called it the Stone of Babylon. He also referred its magical properties.
  • Pliny the Elder said that magicians used it as a stone of invisibility.
  • Damigeron wrote about its property to make rain, solar eclipses, and its special virtue in divination and preserving health and youth.

Bloodstone is considered a healing stone.

Magical and Mystical Properties include

  • stopping bleeding
  • aiding in circulation
  • cleansing and purifying blood
  • stimulating the immune system
  • alleviating pain, especially stomach pain
  • heightening intuition
  • increasing creativity
  • increasing prosperity
  • increasing wisdom
  • revitalizing love, relationships, and friendships
  • helping to remove mental blocks
  • increasing power, strength, and courage
  • giving protection from the evil eye, negativity, and intruders

Discharging & Recharging

To discharge bloodstone, let warm water run over the stone. To recharge it, place it among clear quartz crystals. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)

This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.

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  1. Boy, it's been a while since I've visited Holly. I apologize. I will do better.

    I have never heard of this stone. Perfect for the A to Z. Interesting.

  2. Wow it looks neat. I've never seen one before.

  3. I always thought those were black not dark green. Shows how much I know. 😉

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  5. Just its name sounds cool! I've heard of them (in books) but never knew they were real. Cool!

  6. AHH… my everyday pocket worry stone is made of bloodstone. More red than green.

    I love the rocks, rock on!
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  7. Ooh, it's very pretty. I've seen one of these before but forgotten about it. I should try to work one into a story.

    Thanks for the reminder, and thanks also for stopping by my blog yesterday!

    India Drummond

  8. Very cool. I feel like I should be taking notes for later use.

  9. In the spirit of A-Z, Brilliant post 🙂

  10. How cool is your theme? I love it. So glad I'm in the Challenge and have found my way to your blog.

  11. Wow, what an interesting spin on the A to Z challenge.
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I am fairly new to this blogging stuff and I have learned alot about the whole process.

    I am eager to see all you postings.

    How do you get or find a bloodstone?


  12. Thanks for visiting my blog. Look forward to finding out more about crystals and stone (something I know very little about!). Good luck with the Challenge.
    Hope you'll visit me again.

  13. Getting smarter by the moment.


  14. Like your B post! Made me think of Blood Oranges, don't ask me why!
    Happy B Day!

  15. you learn something new every day:)

  16. Aah, Bloodstone…the root chakra balance tool.

    This is the Affirmation given by the Blood stone:
    “I am at home and alive in my physical body, which vibrates at its optimal level of strength, vitality and purity, and I act for the highest good of all.

    Cheers!…to our earthly delights.

  17. Wow that is so cool. I've red before about the garnet and how it represents blood and is meant to protect from evil but this is even better.

  18. Interesting topic choice and great B day post. I look forward to more!

  19. I just noticed you have a writers guide to crystals and stone – my father was a rockhound and collected many types, including many black quartz. Need to check that out!

  20. Interesting stuff. Didn't know about bloodstone and always thought heliotrope was simply a colour. Boy do I have lots to learn!

  21. Hi Holly .. beautiful bit of bloodstone .. so interesting .. thanks Hilary

  22. That's cool. I have always enjoyed reading about the properties of gemstones and/or metals.
    Found you through the challenge btw way.

  23. This is fantastic info Holly! Thank you!

  24. Whoa, cool. Learned something new here. Thanks for the breakdown. Will you mostly be talking about crystals this month?

    East for Green Eyes

  25. I didn't think I could find a stone I hadn't seen. My grandpa was very serious in his craft. But I know I've never seen this one in person. Interesting. Those uses would be great in a fantasy novel for a healer, eh?

  26. Beautiful stone with an interesting story. Enjoyed the read.

  27. Oh wow, that's a beautiful one. I love these posts – so unique for A to Z.

  28. Very interesting. My daughter used to be very interested in rocks an crystals

  29. The idea of the bloodstone giving off audible sounds gives me shivers. Very cool looking though. Loving your posts!

  30. Cool topic for the A-Z!

  31. Wow, what an awesome idea for the A-Z. I love the theme and the possibilities for its use in writing.

    Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog.

  32. I like what you're doing with the challenge, and I didn't even know bloodstones were real.

  33. ooh i can totally use that reference for my next WIP – thanks!

  34. Very cool blog. I loved geology and stuff in school. Rocks and such are very cool to have as a hobby.

  35. What an interesting theme. I will be back to learn more.

  36. Ooh, I need a chunk of this on my desk 🙂

  37. I really love that you include the instructions for re-charging these stones!

  38. Gosh! I love bloodstone–but not because I wear it. I love it because it figures greatly in my own book as some kind of mythical object. heehee.

  39. Elaine, most rock shops will carry these stones.

  40. Yes, Rosie. Crystals and gemstones are my theme for the month.

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