Bloodstone rings used to be worn almost exclusively by men, but ever since the Art Deco era it has become more popular among women. Bloodstone is a type of jasper, with specks of red that give the stone its name. Most bloodstones are green to dark green, which makes a dramatic contrast with the red. Learn more about bloodstone rings, and find the perfect vintage ring for your loved one in our extensive yet carefully curated collection.
About Bloodstone Rings
Bloodstone is traditionally one of the two birthstones for March, with aquamarine as the alternative stone. In Christian traditions, the blood reflects Jesus’ death, and in other traditions, wearing a bloodstone ring or other bloodstone jewelry is supposed to protect the wearer from diseases related to blood.
Some gemologists say that only the green background counts as bloodstone, and jasper with a very pale green, yellow, or light brown background and red spots are types of fancy asper. Others call these bloodstone, as well, based on the red.
Bloodstone Ring Designs
The name “bloodstone” is actually chemically appropriate – the red comes from hematite, a form of iron, and iron in hemoglobin is what gives blood its red color.
Cabochon Cut - Most bloodstones are cut as cabochons, with smooth surfaces, rather than faceted.
- Signet Rings - Because bloodstone is well-suited for carving, bloodstone rings for men, especially, often featured a signet or other carving.
- Historical Eras - Some of the oldest bloodstone rings date from the early Roman Empire, and feature signets or cameos.
Find The Perfect Engagement Ring
Vintage bloodstone rings are prized not only for their beauty and color but also for their exquisite attention to detail. If you’re looking for a vintage ring with a sense of elegance and sophistication explore our collection of bloodstone rings today.