There are numerous mystical properties attributed to the bloodstone, some of which are healing and helping, others are just lore. But on the other hand, perhaps the most interesting, are the legendary origins of the bloodstone. According to Biblical legend, the bloodstone is a symbol of God’s great sacrifice to mankind. On the day of the crucifixion of Christ, while Jesus was dying on the cross, the earth at the food of the cross was transformed by the tears of his mother, the Virgin Mary, into green jasper. Then came the soldier with the spear, who sliced into Christ’s side. The blood spilled from the wound, and from the many smaller wounds he had received during crucifixion, and torture. As it rolled down the wood of the cross, it spattered down into the green jasper stone.
The sun burned the blood of Christ into the green jasper, and since then, it has remained. The specks of red iron oxide were believed to have been Christ’s blood. Medieval Christians referred to bloodstone as the “Martyr’s Stone” as well. Religious artists would often use the bloodstone specifically as a carving tool for carved artwork depicting the crucifixion of Christ, or the deaths of religious martyrs. The Greeks on the other hand, instead named the stone “Heliotrope.” Helios, for the sun, tropos for turn. They believed that the stone was representatives of the bonds of the sun god, and the gods of the sea. This was because of the stone’s resemblance to the reflections of the setting sun on the waters of the sea, which would have appeared to be very deep green in the gloomy light. There’s an ancient example of Christian sculpture metaphorical of the bloodstone. A bust of Christ, carved out of bloodstone, making the red flecks of iron oxide appear as very realistic spatters of blood. The bust can be found in the French Royal Collection, located in Paris.