Hematite is the most widespread Iron mineral. It is an Iron Oxide, also known as Rust. Hematite is found as a shiny black, silvery gray crystal known as Specular Hematite or Specularite and also as a brown earthy red mass known as Red Ocher. No mater what the form or color of the Hematite, they all have a rust-red streak.
Hematite is a 6 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. It is harder than pure Iron, but it is more brittle. Powdered Hematite is used for jewelry rouge to polish up metals to a fine shine. Fine Hematite powder was historically used as a cosmetic and a paint pigment. Soldiers would connect Hematite with Mars, the god of war, and paint themselves with red Hematite for protection.
The majority or red color of rocks in the world is caused by Hematite. You will find Hematite in Red Jasper, Sunstone and Tiger Iron. It is used for the mass production of Iron and Steel. Hematite is an important mineral because of its abundance and high Iron content at 70% Iron.
Hematite is very weakly Magnetic. It will not pick up other metals, although it may be picked up by a stronger magnet. If you have a magnetic Hematite, it is most likely an artificial man-made stone called Hemalyke, Hematine or Magnetic Hematite.
In ancient times, Hematite was known as Bloodstone because of its bleeding red color. If you are looking at old texts, keep this in mind.
- Hematite helps to ground you back to reality
- Wear Hematite bracelets to help oxygen circulation and cleanse your blood.
- Use tumbled Hematite at the base and top of the spine to help align the spinal column and balance the meridians (“energy veins” that flow through your chakras, or “energy organs”)
- Take as a gem elixir for Iron Absorption, Anemia, Formation of Red Blood Cells
- Use a Hematite Massage stone for leg cramps
- For those who are too logical, Hematite will help open up Intuition and spontaneity.
- Wear Hematite if you want to bring out your natural charisma, charm, magnetic personality
Note: Do not use Hematite for inflammations or menstruation as it may overwhelm blood flow.
-Unlike Obsidian which transmutes negativity, Hematite stores it quickly and will break when there’s too much energy absorption, so clean it out regularly.
- Surface Color: Black, Silver, Red
- Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): Rust Red
- Group: Iron Oxide
- Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): None
- Fracture (where the crystal breaks randomly not on a cleavage): Conchoidal (concave clam-like break like glass)
- Luster: Earthy or Metallic
- Transparency: Opaque (no light goes through)
- Crystal System: Trigonal (3 equal axis)
- Crystal Habit: Tabular (broad and flat)
Most of the Hematite jewelry you see in the market today is made of manmade Hemalyke. This artificial stone is very similar to the structure of Hematite and hard for us to tell if it’s real or not. Keep in mind that natural Hematite is rare and expensive. It will have natural scratches, dents and craters whereas Hemalyke will look almost perfect. Hematite jewelry is naturally heavy to wear.