Hematite beads - natural stone with a beautiful shine!
Hematite beads: Birthstone for the Ram
Hematite beads have, after being polished, a beautiful shiny shine because of the high iron content. Because of this Hematite beads are quite heavy, keep that in mind with your design. You can easily make a necklace of approx. 40 to 50 cm long with Hematite beads up to 12mm. If you use larger Hematite beads, you can alternate with another gemstone bead. Did you know that there are also 100% natural Hematite beads that are themselves magnetic? These are called Magnetite beads. Magnetite beads are also fun to use as a natural closure of your necklace or bracelet.
The extraction of Hematite is one of humankind's earliest mining activities: the powdered mineral was found in approximately 80,000-year-old graves. Hematite is a compact form of iron oxide, actually just rust! If it is cut into slices or pulverized, it also looks red. The name naturally finds its origin in Greek: Haima and that means blood. The stripe color is logically also blood red. In the Stone Age it was already used for making petroglyphs and body paintings. Afterwards, Hematite was long used as a mirror for its high reflection.
And did you know that the mineral also occurs in high concentration on the surface of the planet Mars? That explains the typical orange-red color of the Red Planet. Hematite is slightly magnetic but not nearly as strong as Magnetite.
The effect of Hematite beads
Hematite beads give self-confidence, increase self-respect and the survival urge and strengthen the will. It improves concentration and memory. So it is a good stone to contribute to help with addictions and compulsions. Hematite stimulates the absorption of iron and the formation of red blood cells. Hematite helps with circulatory problems such as anemia, hemorrhoids and nosebleeds.
The hardness of Hematite is 5.5-6.5, the density is 5.1-5.3
The Hematite bead belongs to the constellation Aries.