The mythology surrounding Bloodstone goes back into history a long way. The stone is a symbol of justice. It can have a glassy to waxy luster. Legend says bloodstone was formed when drops of Christ's blood fell and stained some jasper at the foot of the cross. For this reason, it is said to have special powers. Medieval Christians used to carve scenes of the crucifixion of martyrs into bloodstone; therefore they referred to bloodstone as the martyr's stone. There is a very famous bloodstone at the Louvre museum in Paris- it is carved with the seal of the German Emperor Rudolf II. Some ancients believe that lowering bloodstone into water could turn the sun red. 

This piece is a striking example of the range of colors and patterns available in blood stone. The setting for this stone is hand crafted from solid copper, and the details are finely woven wire that decorates the piece. The weaving is extensive, and has been kept flat so as to have a gender neutral appeal. This is a sizeable piece, measuring 2 5/8 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. The pictured 18 inch chain is included. The pendant ships in a decorative box with a smart satin bow, perfect for gifting.