Bloodstone is a jasper or chalcedony variety of quartz, and is usually a combination of the two. It is typically a dark green chalcedony with blood-like spots of red jasper or iron oxide inclusions
Bloodstone was known as Heliotrope in antiquity, meaning the Sun Stone. Legends were attributed to this stone, like the belief that when placed in the rays of the setting sun, or immersed in water, it turned the reflection of the sun to blood-red. Pliny the Elder mentioned first that the magicians used it as a stone of invisibility. Damigeron wrote about its property to make rain, solar eclipse and its special virtue in divination and preserving health and youth. The Gnostics wore the stone as an amulet for longevity, for wealth and courage, to strengthen the stomach, and to dispel melancholy.
Its use for healing, and its connection to blood and detoxification goes back centuries. In many cultures, Heliotrope was dipped in cold water and placed on the body to aid circulation and transfer the power of the sun to prevent injury or disease, stop the flow of blood, or cure any wound. Its coagulant effect was renowned, and for this reason, ancient warriors often carried Heliotrope as an amulet of protection and courage, as well as its practical applications. Ground, powdered, and mixed with honey, it was used to cure tumors, draw out snake venom and staunch hemorrhages. It was said to clear putrefaction of abscesses in a day, and simply looking at bloodstone was believed to prevent eye diseases.
This signet ring features panel of bloodstone set into a 9k yellow gold setting. The front measures approximately 13.6mm tall by 12mm wide. This ring is a size 9.5, weighs a nice and hefty 7.1g and is fully hallmarked for London, 1961, Bravingtons goldsmith. Wear commensurate with age, some scuffing to edge of bloodstone. You will receive the pictured ring.
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