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Blackstar Jewelry

Quality, Hand-Crafted, Sterling Silver Jewelry from Nepal.

Hematite

Hematite is a principal ore of iron found in large beds of sedimentary origin, in veins of igneous rocks, in metamorphic and contact metamorphic rocks associated with magnetite, and as replacement deposits containing fluorite, barite, and calcite.

Chemical composition: 
FeO3
Color: 
Red to red-brown, steel gray to black
Lustre: 
Metallic to submetallic
Hardness: 
5 - 6
Crystal system: 
Hexagonal
Origin: 
Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Canada, England, Norway, Switzerland, Brazil
Healing properties*: 
Hematite grounds and reinforces the connection with the earth. It encourages optimism and increases personal magnetism.
Folklore: 
Hematite is used to manufacture iron and steel. Ground and powdered, it was used by prehistoric man to make cave paintings, by the Egyptians to decorate tombs of Pharaohs, and by Native Americans as a war paint.

* Scientific proof may not be available to substantiate these claims.