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The bloodstone is said to represent the blood of Christ Jesus. Bloodstone
gems have been embellished with a thorn-crowned head of Jesus so placed
that the red of the bloodstone simulate drops of blood trickling down his hair
and face. Such gems are especially revered as Christian amulets.

The bloodstone was once thought to be able to check hemorrhages. Certain
Indians also considered the bloodstone a remedy, but they first cut it into the
shape of a heart. Because of its religious significance, the bloodstone has
reputedly had many other curative powers and was once used to counteract
poisons.

Bloodstone is supposed to give its wearer courage and make him brave in
the face of all danger. In addition, it is reputed to impart wisdom and an
ability to detect and foil enemy plots.