Bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, is a variety of jasper, where the dark green colour of the stone is flecked or cut through with red. This gives the appearance of blood on a green surface, which is where it received its morbid name!
The red spots on the bloodstone are caused by hematite, the form of iron oxide that causes rust to turn bright red, or the stone in places like Prince Edward Island, Georgia, or even Mars to be coloured red.
This powerful stone is considered to bestow the wearer with good health and long life. It is also a stone that can inspire and strengthen the energy of courage—be it in simple everyday actions or for a greater cause in life. The bloodstone also has grounding, as well as purifying properties. Because of its ability to ward off negative energy and purify and cleanse the energy around it, the bloodstone is considered very protective.