Heliotrope stone takes its name from the Greek words ‘helios’ and ‘trepeini’ meaning ‘sun’ and ‘turn’ respectively. It is also commonly referred to as ‘blood jasper’ and ‘blood stone.’ Heliotrope is a mixture of crystallised chalcedony, quartz and iron. Its first name was attributed to it by Pliny the Elder who named it thus as he noticed spots and patches resembling blood upon placing heliotrope in the sun’s rays and when immersed in water. This was one of its main uses in the past as since antiquity, heliotrope was used to influence the climate and to provoke storms when placed in water under the sun’s rays. During this time, heliotrope stone was widely used in jewellery, particularly for glyptics: intaglios, seals, lithic bases for esoteric inscriptions, magical objects, or votive sculptures.
Later in the Middle Ages, heliotrope stone was considered the stone of Jesus’s blood. Christians thought that if they carried this stone, it would make them invisible. Other believers thought that jasper was laid on the ground whilst Jesus was crucified on the cross and that this is how heliotrope jasper was created. In this regard, the stone was considered the stone of all evils and was commonly referred to in this part of the world as the ‘stone of martyrdom.’ Greek philosopher Damigueron meanwhile wore heliotrope as a guard against deception, which is why it was not uncommon to see it depicted in scenes of martyrdom or flogging.
Heliotrope was widely used by therapists at the time, particularly to cure tumours. It was powdered and then mixed with eggs and honey. For bleeding and sores, it was used in the form of a paste. Heliotrope was also used to cure snake bites, removing venom from a wound. Needless to say, these are methods that were used in the past and it is essential to get help from a doctor if required.
Today, heliotrope stone is still used in jewellery for the creation of statuettes, cabochons, pendants but also for bracelets and necklaces. We can also find its use in small utensils.
Heliotrope stone is primarily green with small red dots. It is composed of a plasma base and should not be confused with green jasper which contains a mixture of detritus quartz comprising chlorite. Variants can be observed primarily due to minor minerals that may contain haematite inclusions.
The main deposits of heliotrope stone are located in Germany, Australia, Brazil, China, Cyprus, the United Kingdom, Scotland, the United States, Ethiopia, and in Decan, India, where the first deposit is found.
Heliotrope stone promotes order on a psycho-emotional level. It aids those who wear it during the most difficult times such as in the case of uncertainty or discouragement. This stone offers courage and more broadly, creates stability. This stone warms the heart and steers decision-making.
In terms of energy, heliotrope refocuses the aura whilst grounding. This stone offers protection from negative entities.
Physically, heliotrope stone is a recognised healing stone and is used to treat blood diseases. In addition to anaemia, all diseases related to blood circulation and lupus are treated by heliotrope. This stone is also used to prevent varicose veins and haemorrhoids. This stone can also be used to massage near the bladder in case of pain or illness. Generally, heliotrope stone strengthens the immune system, fights diabetes, detoxifies the kidneys and the liver whilst purifying bone marrow. This stone also aids women in any type of discomfort related to menopause and menstruation.
Heliotrope combines both the purifying energy of its green as well as the dynamism of its red. Thus, it greatly helps the wearer in case of fatigue or passivity. It helps the heart and circulatory systems and promotes the purification of the lymph, blood and the heart. This stone strengthens the immune system and can be very useful in case of infections.