Gemology • Lauren Dorr is a designer at a luxury brand and is an avid collector of vintage jewelry. She contributes a monthly post on gemstones for The Stone Set.
Hematite • Most commonly silvery grey to black metallic but in its raw form, it is brownish-red
Energies • Protection, Stability, Calming, Decreases Negativity, Intuition, Tranquility, and Confidence
Hematite is a stone of transformation. It’s a rich metallic gemstone with a silvery luster. When faceted, it has a radiant sparkle that resembles a “black diamond,” and in bead form, its shiny surface gleams like a “black pearl.” Hematite is the gemstone form of iron oxide therefore it is highly refractive especially when polished. The word hematite is derived from the Greek word “haima” which means “blood.” As its name suggests, when hematite is found naturally, it exhibits a brownish-red color, but when highly polished, it appears like silver.
For thousands of years, Hematite has been prized by many cultures. The Egyptians used hematite to calm anxiety. The famous Greek physician/philosopher, Aelius Galenus used it to treat eye infections and as a cure for headaches. Roman soldiers believed that when hematite was rubbed all over their bodies it provided protection during battle. Legend has it that, blood spilled at these ancient Roman battles saturated the ground and seeped into the earth creating this “blood” stone. Native Americans also believed that war paint made from hematite would make one invincible in combat.
Additionally, throughout the ages, hematite has been very popular in jewelry, especially during the Victorian era. Europeans in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries would wear hematite jewelry while mourning a loved one. Hematite was used as gilding in jewelry and as a stone for intaglio engraved rings. It was believed that hematite signet rings would bring good luck in court proceedings therefore these rings were very popular among legal professionals.
As a manifesting gemstone, hematite is considered “a stone for the mind.” Hematite helps with mental organization, balancing energy, enhancing memory and increasing intuition as well as boosts the wearer’s self-esteem. Wearing hematite is a beneficial influence that improves personal relationships and balances the body, mind, and spirit connection. It also dissolves negativity, relieves stress and anxiety, and helps you feel better overall emotionally and physically. Wearing hematite allows you to see the bright side of every situation—consider it the sliver lining of gemstones.
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