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Bloodstone

Bloodstone Gemstone Information
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Bloodstone may be used as a birthstone for the month of March. Early Christian legends say that bloodstone's red spots were from Jesus' blood that fell on a piece of jasper at the foot of the cross. It was also thought to foretell the future and dye water red, which led to the notion that bloodstone turned the sun blood-red and caused violent storms. Bloodstone was also believed to magically smooth discord, soothe the wrath of kings, and remove tumors; and was used to help one become more knowledgeable in the ways of the world.
 

ENHANCEMENT CODE N
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PROPERTIES
Refractive Index 1.535-1.539
Hardness = 6.5-7 (Moh's Scale)
Specific Gravity =2.60
Species - Chalcedony
Optic Character - aggregate


WARNINGS FOR CARE
Ultrasonic: Usually safe
Steamer: Usually safe
Heat: Poor; color change may occur with heat
Chemicals that harm: Hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid.

 

Crystal Structure
bloodstone crystal image.
Crystal system: Hexagonal (trigonal), compact.

MAJOR SOURCES
Australia, Brazil


 
Birthstones
 January  Garnet
February Amethyst
March Aquamarine
Bloodstone
April Diamond
May Emerald
June Pearl/Alexandrite
July Ruby
August Peridot
September Sapphire
October Opal/Tourmaline
November Topaz or Citrine
December Blue Topaz or Zircon
Cabochon is the popular cut used in jewelry for bloodstone.
Cabochons are smooth polished surfaces.

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