A large dark green bloodstone guru bead with spots or flecks of red hematite inclusions. Bloodstone is a variety of chalecdony or jasper.
Also known as Heliotrope it was called the "Stone of Babylon" by Albert the Great. In ancient times it was believed to have magical properties. Pliny the Elder (1st century) wrote that it was used by magicians as a stone of invisibility. Damigeron (4th century) also wrote that it held properties to make rain, solar eclipses and was especially useful for divinations. It was also believed to preserve good health and youth.
Bead size: 18mm (approx)