Hematite is one of those types of stones that you almost always see at a gem show and rock shops you stumble across in your travels. It’s found in various places across the world and that’s probably the reason why it seems like a more commonly seen gemstone. We are usually drawn to it because it’s so shiny and pretty! In it’s natural state, it’s somewhat dull looking but when it gets polished! YOWSA!!
On the MOHS hardness scale, it’s between a 5 – 6, which means it’s pretty hard. The interesting thing about hematite is that it’s also very heavy (or dense). It’s actually a mineral from the Iron Oxide family which gives it more weight that you would expect for the size of the stone. That’s important when you are choosing jewelry online and you can’t hold it, to realize that this gem may weight a bit more than you think. Always ask if you would like to know the weight of your jewelry before purchasing. Personally I have worn hematite rings throughout the years and I have also found that if they are dropped on hard surface, they do tend to break. So if you have a stone ring, take it off carefully when you removing it.
A lot of my clients who I have worked with over the years, have told me how the temperature changes on the gem when they wear it. It begins cool against the skin and then warms to your body temperature, making it a lovely companion piece.
A little side note on Magnetic Hematite: I have worked with it over the years and it’s very important to note that natural hematite is not very magnetic at all. If you are purchasing magnetic jewelry please note that it is treated to achieve this goal. I do sell magnetic jewelry so if you are looking for a piece, please visit Wicked Stones and I may be able to custom make you something special just for you.
It’s interesting to note that in ancient times, Hematite was crushed and mixed with liquids to use as paints. You can find such examples (or pictographs) across the world that date back over 40 000 years! I was lucky enough to visit several locations in our Ontario Provincial Parks that have the most awesome historical pieces (one in Sault St. Marie area and one near Bancroft Ontario).
If you are searching for the healing properties of Hematite, here’s a bit of info for you. Hematite is helpful for the following:
- Boosting low self esteem
- Grounding energy (makes you feel centered and strong when life is going a bit wild around you)
- Courage to face changes in your life
- Reflects back negative energy being directed at you
- Divination (fortune telling, tarot card readings, astral travel)
- Will power
Hematite is also a gem for your root chakra healing and balancing. The Root chakra is also called the Muladharaor or Base Chakra. This chakra helps you to feel stable and centered with both feet on the ground. Let me put this in a very easy way: You know that feeling you get when life is going a bit wild on you and you just want everyone to stop because you are feeling overwhelmed with so much going on? By working with this chakra, you can help yourself to feel more “centered” in what is happening around you and focused with confidence and strength. Your root chakra is like your tree roots that keep you anchored to the planet and feeling strong!
Wicked Stones carries a really pretty selection of Root Chakra jewelry – you can use this lovely blue link to go and check them out.
I hope you enjoyed this little bit of info on Hematite.
Cheers from the Rock Lab!