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Earth Treasures: Chicken Blood Stone

By Chisom Ibemere

Chicken-Blood Stone is called “Ji Xue Shi” in Chinese language, and it is a unique and highly prized gemstone that holds cultural and aesthetic significance.

It is popular for its vivid red and maroon hues, which are reminiscent of the colour of fresh chicken blood, hence its name.

Chicken blood stone is basically used in the creation of jewellery, such as rings, pendants, and beads. Due to its durability and appearance, it is suitable for carving decorative objects and figurines.

In some traditional settings, Chicken blood stone is used as a protective or healing talisman.

The distinctive red or reddish-brown spots or patches within a green or yellowish-green chalcedony matrix are the primary defining characteristics of chicken blood stone.

It ranges in colour from translucent to opaque and has a Mohs hardness of 6.5-7, making it a durable and suitable stone for jewellery production.

Chicken blood stone is known as a semi precious stone and valued due to its unique appearance and cultural significance. It is found in abundance compared to some other precious gemstome.

It has a unique appearance and association with ancient civilizations which contribute to its global appeal and value, particularly among collectors and enthusiasts.


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