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Amber with Bloodstone Bracelet
- Amber with Bloodstone Bracelet
- Size Approx. 7"
- Bead Size Approx. 8mm (Bloodstone)
- Gold Filled Trigger Clasp
- Amber is technically not a gemstone or mineral, but fossilized resin from prehistoric trees that has aged over the course of millions of years. As sticky resin oozed from ancient pine trees, small insects, plant material, feathers and other small objects in the path of the flow became entrapped; over time, these organic pollutants developed the varying colors and opacities in individual beds of Amber. Over centuries, the resin was encased in dirt and debris and through a process of heat and pressure, it fossilized to become Amber.
- Historically, Amber has been used as an ingredient in perfumes, as a healing agent in Folk Medicine, and as a highly valued component in jewelry as early as the Neolithic era.
- Amber is found mainly in the Baltic region. There are large reserves of Amber on the Seabed of the Baltic Sea, and Amber often washes ashore after heavy storms. Significant deposits of younger Ambers are found in the Dominican Republic. Deposits are also found in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
- Early physicians prescribed Amber for headaches and heart problems. In common Folklore, it is believed to absorb pain and disease, and dispel negative energy and is thought to improve mood and attract love.
- Bloodstone is an opaque dark-green form of Chalcedony Quartz with distinctive red spots, which are caused by the presence of Iron Oxide.
- Bloodstone is also known by the name Heliotrope, perhaps because in ancient times the color was reminiscent of reflections from the setting Sun. The name Bloodstone obviously comes from the resemblance to red droplets of blood.
- Early Christian legend is that when Jesus Christ was crucified, the dripping blood stained the green Jasper at his feet, and this was the origin of Bloodstone. Bloodstone was widely used in sculptures representing Flagellation and Martyrdom, and was known at one time as the "Martyr's Stone".
- There are also some gemological myths associated with Bloodstone. In the gem trade, the term Blood Jasper is sometimes used to refer to Bloodstone. Many apparently reputable sources describe Bloodstone as a form of Green Jasper, or as containing Red Jasper. But according to the most authoritative sources, Bloodstone is not a Jasper at all.
- Bloodstone was the original Birthstone for March but has been replaced by Aquamarine. However, Bloodstone is still regarded as the Astrological Gem for Aries.
- The largest Bloodstone deposits are in India. Some believe the reason for the shortage of high quality Bloodstone is due to the fact that finely powdered Bloodstone is used as both a medicine and an aphrodisiac in India.
- Due to its name and appearance, many myths became associated with Bloodstone. It was once thought in Folklore to be able to stop hemorrhages with the merest touch, and to relieve stomach and bowel pain. It was said to strengthen blood purifying organs and improve blood circulation.