Bloodstone has a unique appearance, and a symbolic name. The deep green stone is flecked with red or reddish-brown spots, which reflect the descriptive name. It was said that when Christ died on the cross, his blood spilled on the green earth, turning it to this intriguing stone. Further back in time, ancient Mesopotamians carved amulets from it to stop bleeding from battle wounds. It is thought to bring strength, good health and long life, as well as good fortune, riches, and fame. It is often worn to promote the gift of prophecy and for protection against evil.
Victorian gentlemen tended to decorate their watch chains with fobs. Watches were worn in the waistcoat pocket, with a chain attached for easy access. The fob helped to add a counterweight so the chain wouldn't be pulled by the heavier watch. Some fobs were merely ornamental, and others held a practical purpose. The locket feature on this one could have held snuff or smelling salts. Today, a little memento, photo, or note could be kept inside - anything you'd like to hold dear! Wonderful to wear on a chain around your neck, it's a great piece for antique jewelry collectors who love to repurpose treasured trinkets from the past!
Dimensions: 34mm x 25mm
Weight: 10.8 grams
Materials: Gold, bloodstone
Metal: 14K yellow gold
Condition: Excellent antique condition