It is a variety of quartz which occurs in massive formations. It has also been known to be called heliotrope which refers to turning towards the sun, which further refers to the reflection of the sun being blood-red.
The colour is green with flecks of red, but the red may not appear in some smaller pieces of the gemstone. It was named Bloodstone in 1515. According to the ancient scholar, Pliny, Bloodstone was used as a mirror for viewing a solar eclipse.
Legend has also said that the red spots represent the blood of Christ when He was wounded on the cross.
Jasper is a form of opaque, usually patterned chalcedony which is also found in massive formations. The mineral is usually stained by impurities and occurs in various colours such as red, green, brown or yellow. The popular red variety is a fine-grained quartz, coloured by inclusions of haematite.
The colours may be arranged in bands of red or a mottled mixture of many different patterns and colours. Jasper was given it’s name in the 14th century. From ancient times this hard and durable gemstone was cherished for its beauty and mystical properties.
Jasper has also been mentioned in the Bible as being one of the stones in the breastplate of the ancient high priest, as well as being in the wall of the New Jerusalem. The one in the wall was said to be a dark green, opalescent stone.
Due to the physical properties of Jasper, engravers of ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt carved this stone into exquisite cameos, scarabs and intaglios.
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