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Hematite: a glamorous gunmetal glow

Hematite is the mineral form of iron oxide and has a striking metallic luster, similar to polished metal. The word hematite comes from the Greek work "haima" meaning blood, referring to the mineral's red color when in powdered form. A hematite stone will leave a red streak when scratched along a piece of unglazed porcelain.

Hematite was used in seals as early as 2500 B.C. The ancient Egyptians placed hematite in tombs, as they believed it would help with the transition to the afterlife. Roman warriors associated hematite with Mars, the Roman God of War. The soldiers used hematite for protection in battles, believing it would make them invincible. Native Americans used the powdered form of hematite to create red face paint while American colonists relied on hematite to create weapons for the Revolutionary War.

Many believe hematite can help with inner peace, aiding in clarity, balance, calm and reason. The gemstone is also thought to enhance memory, intellect and dissolve negativity.

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HEMATITE: The mineral form of iron oxide, hematite gemstones resemble polished metal, adding a dramatic, tough-chic shine to necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. Usually presented as faceted beads or cabochons, hematite is a gorgeous way to go gray. More about colored gemstones.

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Hematite Jewelry Care & Handling

Hematite is one of the softer gemstones (5.5-6.5 on the Mohs scale), and care should be taken to avoid scratches and sharp blows. Clean your hematite jewelry with warm soapy water when needed and store in  box for safekeeping.

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