Dragon Blood Jasper (Bloodstone)
There is a legend that Dragon Blood Jasper, also called Bloodstone, is the remains of deceased ancient dragons, probably because even the most polished stones have a rough and sometimes craggy surface - just like the legendary dragon's skin. It's easy to see how this name came about. The range of forest and olive greens look like dragon skin, while the splashes of deep and sometimes vivid wine-red matrix looks like blood. The red comes from iron oxide that occurs naturally in the stone. Another variety of this craggy lizard-skin-like stone is known to mineralogists as Septerian Dragon Stone, which is white and brown, sometimes in shades of olive green. While the names of these natural stones are often interchanged. The Mineralogical Society of America lists them as two distinctive crystalline structures. Septarian Dragon Stone is a form of sedimentary rock. Dragon Blood Jasper (Bloodstone) is a form of Chalcedony. The stones are mined in South Africa, China, and Australia.