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Roger Weller, geology instructor
by Jamie Marshall
Destiny of a Bloodstone
For the month of March the original birthstone assigned to the month
was the birthstone called the "Bloodstone". It has another name, known as
Heliotrope with the Greek meaning of "sun". It looks nothing like the sun but
sinister. The stone was used by the Greeks and avoided by the Americans. The
stone is not a typical pretty stone and was not successful as one. This is a
stone greatly tied into its Zodiac and the month of March's destiny.
The real name to the bloodstone is
Heliotrope. The bloodstone is a jade-like stone that is opaque with bright red
spots on it, and the red spots are iron oxides. The stone is often found in
India but can be found in Brazil, China, Australia, and the United States. It
can be dark green almost black to like green like Chinese jade statues. The
stone usually is sold as a small and very rich darkish green color. The stone
has a daunting appearance and to most people is not very attractive. The blood
spots look like a red paint splattered onto the stone making it seem like blood
giving it its murderous appearance.
The uses of the bloodstone are based around blood. Greeks used it
to removed bloodshot eyes and stop the bleeding. Many stones were used for
medicine. When your body and mind were drained of energy the stone could heal
you and give you strength as well as cure poisonous bites. It could cleanse
your blood from impurities and detoxifies the liver, intestines, kidneys, spleen
and bladder. In America the use is to sell them like gems and gemstones. Most
stones are sold as either gemstone or decorations. Americans called it a
bloodstone to make a profit while selling it as a birth stone, however, the
stone's name made people stay away from it, forcing companies to change the
birthstone to something more tranquil. It was changed from the stone of murder
to a soothing Aquamarine, and it was
taken away from its bloody zodiac Ares.
The legend of Ares is a tragic one. He was a child of Hera who was
jealous of Zeus’s ability to birth children from his body, more often his
thigh. She made an herb so she can conceive and bare her own child and Ares was
this child. Zeus was displeased. When Ares was born, Zeus felt no need to raise
or pay attention to the child. Within his rage and constant murdering, he was
taken by giants, and trapped in a bronze jar. He was locked in that jar for
years, and eventually he was saved by Hermes and was sent to be trained by
Priapus since he would be safer. He eventually grew into a ruthless war deity.
He shared deity of war status with Athena; however, she fought for peace and
Ares fought with rage, bloodlust, and killer instinct. He fought for the sake of
battle no matter the outcome he just wanted to spill blood. Because of his need
for bloodshed, he was the mirror image of Athena and they often bumped heads
only feeding his rage. It was said that he was accompanied and followed by
murderous war demons and spirits. He had many lovers and children all legitimate
committed relationships and filled with love, his children were his followers
and went with him to battle. He was in a relationship with Aphrodite while she
was married to another man. He was overprotective of his children and because of
this was lead into more fighting. He eventually calmed down and faded with
Mars in the Roman God of war and is the roman version of Ares. He
is the son of Juno who impregnated herself with Flora and a flower. He was born
on March 1st making the month of March on the Roman calendar. Unlike
Ares Mars was respected and liked he was not murderous but a protector. He
protected the Roman people and agriculture. Mars took part in the Archaic Triad
which is. Mars was worshiped by all including peace lovers and made statues and
shrines for him. Mars symbolized war power but also the strength to protect
peace like a father figure. Mars was only with Venus for a love affair unlike
Ares who had a few relationships. Ares and Mars had an adultery relationship
with main goddesses in history. He is known for his weapon the spear and it is
shown in artworks of him.
The Aquamarine can be found in Brazil, but also is found in Nigeria,
Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique, and is a light blue calming stone
that many people enjoy. Its beauty has no bounds and is tranquil as the ocean.
When the Americans changed from the bloodstone to Aquamarines for sales was much
more success and still successful today. Just like Ares furry becoming calm the
bloodspots faded away and the rage dissipated into a tranquil soul.
The Zodiac is the ram which represents male fertility, aggression,
and courage. The horns are the “horns of plenty” and leadership. The ram
fights its enemies head on with his horns with the symbol to match showing the
In 1912 the National Association of Jewelers added the bloodstone as a birthstone for the month of March. It was also a birthstone for Scorpio. It has a religious background not only for the Greeks but also for Christianity. The stone was once called martyr's stone when the blood of Christ landed on the stone staining it at the foot of the cross. It was a magic stone with many healing powers. Though the Aquamarine is the main birthstone of March it did not fully replace the bloodstone. The aquamarine was only made the birthstone for March because it was easier to sell due to its beauty.
Where you can buy the stones today are places like gemselect.com, Amazon.com,
africagems.com, and gemrockauctions.com. They are easy to find and buy online.
Gem select sells 20ct to 80ct that cost $50 to $155 and are diamond, tear drop,
cat-eye, and sphere shaped. Since they are found in mostly India they are
relatively expensive but you can buy bloodstones all kinds of ways. Some
bloodstones are candle holders, some are small heart shaped pendants, small
stones that are polished, and jewelry. The bloodstone is not a stone that sells
well in jewelry so there are many other uses for it. Bloodstones are famous and
are items you can buy on games for character usage.
The Bloodstone is very relevant to its zodiac. Aries the God of war is the
zodiac for March and was a very vicious God. Aries murdered for the sake of
murdering and did not care about victory, because of that the blood spots match
the stone. With Aries slashing away with his weapons the stones are tainted
with the fallen victim's blood. Mars being Ares counterpart named the month of
March being the stones birth month. The ram being straight forward and
aggressive also brings out the violent history of March. Ares eventually was
able to calm his murderous urges and matching the change in stone from bloody
bloodstone to calming Aquamarine.