This stone has several “names” assigned to it at different times in different countries. But the most formidable of them - a bloody stone. In order to understand where the “bloody” spots on the stone “body” came from, one should turn to geology: heliotrope is a stone from the quartz group, when formed, it can “let in” foreign minerals that solidify and form multicolored stains.
Red, scarlet and yellow is nothing but blotches of oxidized hematite, an even more “bloody” stone (the term “blood” is even present in its name if translated from Greek).
And what heliotrope? The stone is called Solstice by the same Greeks and is revered as a powerful protective talisman and a remedy for several serious diseases associated, by the way, with the circulatory system.
The opacity and dullness of the heliotrope makes you think of him as a rather dull mineral. But you can not always trust the eyes. Although the first estimates are still visual characteristics.
Heliotrope is a fairly hard and durable stone with a characteristic glass luster that cannot be recreated in the laboratory. It is from the radiance that experts recognize natural stone - artificially created “remakes” do not possess such “brilliance”.
When splitting a heliotrope, it is impossible to achieve the formation of smooth planes. The irregularity of the fracture is the distinguishing feature of all quartz ones. Due to such rebelliousness during processing, products that jewelers leave a bit of naturalness and do not polish them too look very stylish.
"Son" of the volcano
Nature so decided that all quartz will be born in a hot volcanic avalanche. Bloody jasper (this is another well-known name of the heliotrope), forming in lava flows, requires cool water for its appearance to the world.
Flowing along the slopes, the magma gradually cools down, hardens, and its contact with water is a guarantee that valuable heliotropes will appear in the voids of the magma.
Knowing the peculiarities of the appearance of eastern jasper, geologists are looking for it near places of modern volcanic activity or where volcanoes raged in ancient times. Found ancient heliotrope - a stone, the price of which automatically increases several times.
As an example: the cost of jewelry made from oriental jasper, formed several decades ago (necklace and bracelet), is about two thousand dollars, including work and brand.
The most famous deposits
Heliotrope was most often found in ancient Egypt and Indian Calcutta. But the millennia of geological "forays" significantly depleted mineral reserves, and now the most popular addresses where it can still be found: the Urals (Russia), China, Brazil, the United States and several Central Asian countries, in particular, the neighborhood of Bukhara.
Heliotrope and religions, cults, professions
The Orthodox Church has long used heliotrope, a stone whose properties are not publicly discussed by holy fathers, but are valued as useful.
The mineral in the processed form can be seen on the church bowls, on the vestments of the priests, on the monstrances and nacier crosses. And who knows if they would let the heliotrope into the temples if it were not for the scarlet inclusions associated with believers with the blood of Christ?
Shamans, alchemists, physicians and scientists also consider the mineral as “their own”. This is because heliotrope heals, helps the obsessed idea to achieve its realization, activates energy flows.
Astronomers also claim this stone as a talisman: firstly, the sun (helios) is present in its name, secondly, it is able to predict a period of eclipses, thirdly, while in a vessel with water, it can refract and change the direction of solar rays. Agree, a very interesting mineral - the widest field for research.
History and magic
The first mention of an amazing mineral is dated from the first millennium BC. The description found among the ancient Egyptian papyrus claims that heliotrope is one of the greatest and extremely powerful stones that one can find: having such a talisman with him will not receive a refusal of anything, no matter how great his needs are; heliotrope softens the hearts of the rulers of all ranks and makes people believe everything that the owner of the stone says; and if you cut your name on it and say it, then all the doors will open before you.
Impressive feature! Only the possessor of the mineral can verify its plausibility, although the whole world is convinced that heliotrope is a stone whose magic properties cannot be doubted.
From time immemorial, it is considered to be considered something inexplicable and mysterious as magic, and if you grasp the nature of this type of quartz for a bit, there will be an explanation for its properties, and the magic will move a little ...
A stone that has emerged from the bowels of the earth has such a strong chemical composition that it is able to normalize the general condition of the body, particularly beneficial for the circulatory system, slowing down blood flow. For this, he is highly respected by athletes, for whom during competitions it is important to remain both concentrated and active and cool at the same time.
Heliotrope activates mental activity, it is shown to people engaged in intellectual work, and those who planned a great discovery.
When infected and the threat of poisoning, eastern jasper is also used: the stone perfectly stimulates the immune system, helping the body fight infection and toxins. And to win is definitely!
Occultism and alternative medicine have long been using heliotrope as an aid. Stone, properties, the sign of the Zodiac, fortunetelling cards - all this is presented by representatives of the esoteric as a secret of secrets. But geology and mineralogy are trying to tear off the veil of excessive mystery from the heliotrope.
Who is suitable for the stone and how to wear it
Those born under the signs of Cancer, Capricorn and Sagittarius can applaud: heliotrope is their stone. The representatives of these zodiacal signs of the mineral will protect, energize and practically lead through life. But if he gets to Leo, Taurus or Scorpio, then his action will be completely opposite.
Heliotrope is not a stone for everyone. Although for all other characters, it may be the usual decoration, not bearing any impact.
Products made of oriental jasper are mostly massive and even somewhat rough, therefore not everyone likes them. But if you really like the stone, you should choose the appropriate frame for it. And this is not gold! Simpler metals — nickel-plated steel, brass, and iron — reinforce the heliotrope effect.