Aries Birthstone Bloodstone
The interesting Bloodstone is the main birthstone for the Aries zodiac sign (Mar 21 - Apr 19) and is also one of the secondary stones for Pisces (Feb 20 - Mar 20).
The color of Bloodstone is dark green, dotted with red spots. These spots resemble drops of blood, hence the gemstone's name and the legend of Bloodstone formed by the blood of Christ on the cross. In ancient times before Christianity, the stone was known as Heliotrope.
The short video (8 minutes) covers the interesting history, meaning and healing properties of Bloodstone. Notice the presenter's different Bloodstone jewelry pieces she is wearing at each new insert.
Bloodstone Stone – A-Z Satin Crystals Meanings
Rough Bloodstone Gemstone
Any piece of rough Bloodstone travels a fascinating journey from when it is initially formed in the earth, later discovered by man and ultimately transformed into an elegant piece of jewelry.
Bloodstone is a type of quartz forming in igneous (volcanic) rock when molten lava cooled millions of years ago. Raw Bloodstone forms at shallow depths and different minerals give the stone its dark green color. Iron traces cause the red speckles and small quantities of other minerals can form yellow and white particles. Over eons the softer surrounding rock is eroded away and the Bloodstone quartz remains. If the formation was located in a stream the rock might be further broken down and deposited as pebbles on river beds downstream.
The main source of rough Bloodstone is India with other deposits in Australia, Brazil, China, Madagascar and some small deposits in the United States. If the stone has only yellow instead of red spots it is known as Plasma.
Bloodstone Crystal Uses
Once the Bloodstone has been extracted from the earth it is sorted into different grades.
Depending on the size and quality, the rough pieces can be left in their raw form for rock collectors or tumbled into polished stones for healers and other uses.
Bloodstone is a relatively soft stone and can be fashioned into carvings or processed into round beads for jewelry making.
Bloodstone Birthstone Jewelry
After sorting, any higher grade Bloodstone of gemstone quality will be used by artisans to make jewelry.
With its earthy dark colors Bloodstone has been set in men's jewelry over centuries as signet rings or as modern bracelets with leather. It makes a great Aries birthstone gift for men.
Bloodstone is usually carved into cabochons or simply set as polished pendants highlighting the striking colors in jewelry for Aries birthdays.
Here is an interesting article about other gemstones that complement the Aries zodiac sign:
Crystals for Your Sun Sign in Aries
Sun in Aries March 21 - April 19
Birthstone: Ruby, Diamond
Abundance Stone: Carnelian
Aries are natural leaders, and Ruby is the perfect crystal as it assists you to focus on present tasks and to spice up your life. Ruby resonates with the passion and vitality you possess, however, you need to pay attention to this as it can over stimulate you and this is where the Diamond comes in, it cools the fiery Ruby and balances out that energy.
Diamond also helps you bond with friends and a partner, and allows you to be more giving and thoughtful. Persistence and tenacity are not your strong attributes, you tend to start projects and not finish them, to assist in you in encouraging leadership and completion of projects carry Aventurine. Aventurine also assists in diminishing anger and volatile situations so you can be a great leader and make good decisive decisions.
Among one of your challenges in being an Aries is the think before you act characteristic, there is a solution for this and it is carrying Jasper. You can also tend to be headstrong and have a tendency towards an abrasive approach to life and people, that along with impatience adds up to stress along life's pathway, Howlite crystal/stone calms these tendencies and brings peace to your life and lets you co-work easier with others.
There is one other challenge that an Aries faces and that is they loathe criticism even when it is for their own good, Citrine calms this challenge and also helps you be spontaneous with being positive in all your actions with other people.
Aragonite is very useful for encouraging mental flexibility to look at the bigger picture and to think out side of the box so to speak. Your weak areas of your body are the head and the adrenal glands; Amethyst can soothe those headaches and Green Calcite works perfectly with the adrenal glands. For a over all healing stone for an Aries get a Fire Agate, it also helps ground you, it is a calming stone for you also.
Thought for a Day: "With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose." -Wayne Dyer-
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