The Martyr’s Stone

English Cufflinks of Polished Bloodstone Cabochons (LEO Design)

Bloodstone (also called Heliotrope) is usually dark green and flecked with spots of red due to its high iron oxide content.  Ancient Babylonians carved the stone into seals and amulets.  In the Middle Ages, bloodstone was sometimes called the Martyr’s Stone as it reminded Christians of the spots of Christ’s blood at Golgotha. Today Bloodstone has an “old-fashioned” feel, reminiscent of Medieval times, Arthurian legend, and long-lost days of chivalry.  The cufflinks above are set in silver and were made in England where Bloodstone is particularly popular.  Bloodstone is the birthstone for March.


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