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Nature of Material: hematite (HEM-ah-tite) is a mineral species; hexagonal (trigonal) crystal system; chemical composition Fe2O3 

Appearance: opaque dark gray to black

Phenomena: none
Variety and Trade Names
 black diamond, black pearl, Alaskan black diamond
Typical Size Range: large pieces are available
Typical Cutting Styles: rose cuts, cameos, intaglios, cabochons, beads
Optic Character: opaque (DR)
Refractive Index: 2.940~3.220 (-.070) Birefringence: .280
Pleochroism: none
Specific Gravity: 5.20 (+ .08, -.25)
Polish Luster: metallic
Fracture: splintery, granular, or sub conchoidal
Luster: dull
Cleavage: none

Identifying Characteristics 
streak and fracture surface commonly red-brown; none to moderate magnetism
Hardness: 5½ to 6½
Toughness: excellent

Availability: plentiful
Public Recognition: familiar (more likely by misnomers than proper mineral name) Sources: England, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, US
Recommended Disclosures: Avoid rough handling and hydrochloric acid.
The Meaning Of Hematite

HEMATITE - The stone of the mind

Astrological: Aries and Aquarius
Vibrates to the number 9

Keywords: Physical Healing Properties: leg cramps, blood disorders, nervous disorders, and insomnia. Spinal alignment and the proper healing of bones, breaks, and fractures.

Metaphysical Properties
Hematite helps one sort out things in ones own mind, and can be useful for a mental "tune up". It helps memory enhancement, original thinking and technical knowledge. Good stone for IT personnel. A calming stone, but also offers support for your hopes, dreams, wishes and desires, by encouraging you to "reach for the sun". Hematite reminds you that the only limitations that exist are those that you place upon yourself. It helps to balance out the emotions and energies between the body, mind and spirit. Not only does it dissolve negativity, but actually transforms it into the energy of Universal Love.
Color : Silvery gray to Black General

Gemstone Details Hematite
is a metallic gray iron oxide mineral, and the same stone of a differing variety as specula rite. Ancient Egyptians used it to stanch blood and promote the formation of blood cells. In the Middle Ages is was known as the "blood stone" due to the fact that the water used to polish it would turn red during the process, as if the stone were bleeding. Native American folklore states that war paint made from hematite will make one invincible in battle. People in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries wore hematite jewelry during mourning. Scientists of the Mars Exploration Rover Project believe that deposits of hematite on Mars may help prove whether large amounts of liquid water ever flowed on Mars' surface. They say that where water was, life may have had a chance to thrive as well. Hematite is said to protect the wearer's vita energy and guarantee survival. Amulets of hematite have been found in nearly every pharaoh's tomb as a support in the afterlife.

Scientific Properties: Moh’s Hardness of 6.5 with a trigonal crystal structure. Hematite generally occurs as massive opaque material with a metallic luster, showing a blood red color when cut into thin slices. However, it can also occur as short, black rhombohedra crystals as well, and my have iridescent surfaces. An imitation substance, hematine or hemalyke which closely resembles hematite, is made of stainless steel, chromium and nickel sulfides, these however are magnetic, while natural hematite is not. Most marcasite in today's market is facetted hematite. Actual marcasite tends to erode and dissolve from exposure to the air.

Mystical Properties: Hematite, besides it's association with the blood, has also been known to be called the stone for the mind. It brings with it grounding and calming which in turn creates mental organization and focus. It will assist in original thinking, logical thinking, and mathematics. Hematite decreases negativity and can help balance the mind - body - spirit connection, it draws negative energy away from you into itself. It's acts well as a stabilizing force. It is a good stone to have around when you are being bombarded with vibrations and energies of other crystals and stones.

Healing Properties: Hematite is used for staunching blood as well as to stabilize the circulation of blood and combat venous hyperemia and embolism. Hematite stimulates iron absorption in the small intestine, which in turn improves oxygen supply to the body. It can be in direct contact with the skin, but results in inflammation for some people, so test it carefully before using, and if inflammation should occur or worsen, discontinue contact immediately. Never wear a hematite near inflammations of any sort, as it can exacerbate them. Never discharge hematite in water. Placed among tumbled rock crystals hematite releases it's negative energy and at the same time becomes recharged with positive energy.

Magical Properties: Energy: Projective Element: Fire Powers: Healing, grounding, divination Hematite is a strange stone; heavy, solid ad silvery black. It's name alone leads to some mystery. Ancients called it Bloodstone, so references in the past are all relating to that name. Therefore magical information relating to this stone is scarce. Hematite is worn for grounding and stabilizing purposes and to focus the attention on the physical plane.

Associations: Saturn Not a Traditional Birthstone for any Month Stone of Aries and Aquarius, but is assigned to Scorpio, whom it not only protects but also warns of danger by changing temperature.


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