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Encyclopaedia of stones

Hematite

Its name comes from the Latin "haematites" meaning "blood". The hematite crystals are lamellar and pseudo hexagonal, it is possible to find mammillated masses and rosettes. The hematite is shiny black and has a red mark. It may be associated with red jasper, quartz in which it may be inclusions or with rutile which has magnificent associations in epitaxy. See all jewels with hematite...

Colors
Grey-black, dark reddish-brown, shiny metallic

Family
Oxide group

Origin

USA, Canada, UK, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden

Virtues

Hematite symbolizes courage. It is said to protect the wearer's vital energy and believed to guarantee survival.

Specifications

Hematite is opaque and has a black sheen. It is often found in iron deposits and also associated with volcanic lava.

History

The Ancient Egyptians used hematite to staunch blood and to promote the formation of new blood. Hematite has been found in nearly every pharaoh's tomb, for support in the afterlife.
During the Middle Ages, it was known as 'blood stone', since the water used for polishing it turns red in the process. Because of its stryptic properties, it was often given to warriors going to battle.
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