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The name Hematite comes from the Greek word haima meaning blood. This is where the iron has oxidized and is why in times past, hematite was called "bloodstone" because many of the stones would "bleed" a red colour when they were cut. When arranged like the petals of a flower, it is referred to as the "iron rose".


The hematite stone is always opaque and is a grey metallic colour or almost black. It is a silvery, shiny opaque stone that almost looks like metal. Hematite is heavy and relatively hard oxide mineral, that constitutes the most important iron ore because of its high iron content (70 percent) and its abundance, and with a hardness is 5.5 - 6.5 it will scratch glass, but is in turn scratched by quartz.

Holistic Properties:

Our world has become so complex, it is hard to find time to take a deep breath, much less actually relax and let go of a little stress. The hematite gemstone can help you maximize those few moments you may find to let go of the stress. It leaves you in a calm state but at the same time, it leaves you in tuned to the universal energies, allowing you psychic abilities to increase.

Gem Folklore:

In modern folklore, Hematite is considered a grounding stone, helping to maintain the proper balance of mind, body and spirit.


The most important deposits of hematite come from a sedimentary deposit: the Lake Superior district in North America. Other important deposits include Minas Gerais (Brazil), Cerro Bolivar (Venezuela), Labrador, and Quebec.


Ancient Egyptians used hematite’s as ornamental objects placed inside their tombs. Red ochre was used by prehistoric artists in their cave paintings. Nowadays hematite may also be used as a polishing powder and as a paint pigment.

Zodiac & Birthstone:

Aries & Aquarius