Harmonize the body, mind and spirit.
Balance energy meridians and dissolve negativity.
Accept the past and move forward peacefully.
Feel strong and confident about who you are.
Let Hematite encourage you to stand tall!
Mineralogy of Hematite
Mineral Family: Oxides
Chemical Composition: Fe2O3m iron oxide
Crystal System: (Triagonal) mostly platy
Color: Silver, black, grey, brown-red
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Form/Habit: Tabular, platy, botryoidal
Fracture: Conchoidal, uneven, fiberous
Location: The largest deposit of Hematite is found in the United States (Minnesota). Other important deposits are found in Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, England, India, Italy, Liberia, New Zealand, Ukraine, and Venezuela.
Mineral Family: Hematite is an Oxide mineral. The Oxide family has closely-packed Oxygen atoms with tiny bits of metal or semi-mental atoms occupying the space between. There are two forms of Oxide minerals, “simple Oxides” which only have a single type of metal or semi-metal, and “complex Oxides” which have multiple metals and/or semi-metals. Most Oxide minerals are found in igneous rocks. Hematite is probably the second most famous Oxide mineral. It is second only to Corundum or, as it is more commonly called, Ruby and Sapphire.
Formation: Hematite occurs in several different forms, the most common of which is Specular Hematite, which is the shiny silver variety. Hematite can also grow in flower-like forms, known as “Iron Roses,” and as short black crystals. It is most often found in sedimentary beds or metamorphosed sediments, however it may also be found as an accessory mineral in many igneous rocks.
Mining: Hematite is the most important of all Iron ores, because it contains up to 70% pure Iron. It is also fairly abundant and relatively easy to mine. The largest Hematite deposit is a sedimentary one located in the Lake Superior district in North America. Most Hematite is dug out in large pit mine operations, the Hematite itself is a secondary mineral, the purpose of the mine is to extract the Iron content.
Enhancements: All Hematite is natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
History of Hematite
Hematite has an extremely ancient historical record and is included in the majority of ancient and medieval lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. While Hematite typically looks shiny silver, when it is powdered or captured in Clear Quartz, it is bright red. Hematite’s streak, or the color it shows when used as a drawing instrument, is also red. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that name “Hematite” comes from the Greek word haimatitis, meaning “blood red.” During the European Middle Ages, Hematite was sometimes called “Bloodstone” and it has been known as the “stone which bleeds” in countless lapidaries.
Hematite’s history stretches back to the Neolithic period, and probably far beyond that. It has been found in Neolithic burials in both Europe and Asia. In Europe, mummified remains have been found with powdered Hematite smeared on the skin, creating a reddish tint. In China, skeletal remains surrounded by pieces of Hematite have been uncovered. Since such burials were made before the invention of writing, it is impossible to know, for certain, why the Hematite was used. It could possibly denote a spiritual significance. It could also be purely aesthetic, since Hematite is used to create red paint, and is used to decorate pottery worldwide
Centuries later, the great Mediterranean civilizations were all well familiar with Hematite’s various metaphysical properties. According to the late Egyptian text, The Magical Papyrus of Leyden (c.200 CE), Hematite could be used to treat eye wounds, small growths, and reduce inflammation. It could also heal cuts, when powdered and mixed with cat feces, goat fat, and honey. However, this mixture would only work if the proper spells were said! Powdered Hematite could also be taken orally in an elixir to cure illnesses that causes a person to cough up blood. In addition to these medicinal remedies, Hematite was also a key ingredient in a mystical ink, composed of various ores along with seven perfumes and seven flowers.
In Mesopotamia, a lapidary written by Azchalias for King Mithridates the Great (135-63 BCE), included a through examination of Hematite. In addition to its medicinal properties, Hematite had several additional uses. It was said to bring good fortune to anyone petitioning the king, and also brought victory in legal battles. Azchalias recommended that all lawyers, judges and other members of the legal profession wear Hematite jewelry and use Hematite signet rings. Numerous archaeological digs in Mesopotamia have found Hematite seals, jewelry and other small decorative items.
Hematite was closely associated with several of the Greek Gods. At the beginning of creation, the primal sky god, Uranus, was married to his mother, the earth goddess Gaia. They had several children, including the Titans, the Cyclops and the Hekatonkheires (100 armed giants). Uranus hated his children and banished them to Tartarus, the Greek equivalent of Hell. Gaia responded by freeing her son Cronus, the king of the Titans and the god of time-eternal, and gave him a diamond sickle. Cronus used this weapon to castrate his father Uranus and threw the genitals down into the sea, where they gave life to various beings, most famously the Furies, goddesses of vengeance, as well as Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. As Uranus’s blood dripped down from its wound on to earth, it was petrified as Hematite. Cronus immediately took Uranus’ place as king of creation and in turn sired many children, including several of the most important Greek Gods including Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter, and Hestia. Cronus was terrified lest one of them kill him and so he swallowed each divine child as they were born. Once again, Gaia was determined to save her innocent children and so when her last child, Zeus, was born, she hid him away. When he was old enough, he returned to kill his father and rescue his undigested siblings. Zeus then became the new king of the gods, god of the sky and god of measured-time (days, seasons, etc.). Zeus’ own son, Ares, god of war, never attempted to usurp his place. Hematite was a sacred stone for Ares, since it was believed to heal cuts and other wounds. As a result, Greek soldiers smeared powdered Hematite on their skin before going into battle.
By the Roman era, Hematite was thought to be five distinct stones, rather than a single gem or mineral. According to Pliny the Elder(CE 23-79), in his lapidary, The Natural History of Precious Gemstones, each variety of Hematite cured different problems. The best variety, Ethipic, could heal eye wounds and treat burns. The second best variety, Androdamus, could cure illness that caused nausea and vomiting. The third variety from Arabia could ease pain, particularly nerve pain from burns. The fourth and fifth Hematite varieties were best used in a powdered form mixed in oil, and imbibed as a tonic to heal blood-related disorders.
Modern metaphysical healers still use Hematite to treat a variety of blood-related diseases and disorders. Fascinatingly, there is a scientific basis for this longstanding medical tradition. Hematite is an Iron oxide which has strong astringent and styptic properties. Hematite powder does in fact cause blood to coagulate!
Healing Properties of Hematite
Spiritual: Hematite is a phenomenal grounding stone and can help us to survive and thrive no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in. It encourages us to always strive to move forward, to better our lives and the lives of those around us. Hematite helps us to stay connected to our own bodies and the Earth while engaging in high spiritual work or energetic traveling. It can be used to help us feel safer when exploring our Shadow Self. Hematite is attuned to the Root Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Aries, Aquarius. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the number 9.
Emotional: Hematite has a strong soothing energy, which can be very encouraging during difficult times. It helps us to see the silver lining around grey clouds and to have the strength to try again. Hematite has a very practical approach to negative or overwhelming emotions by reminding us to check if our basic physical and emotional needs are being met. Have we eaten and are we hydrated? Are we sleeping and exercising enough? Have we had positive social interactions recently? All of these basic needs play a HUGE role in our emotional well-being and attending to them has an immediate positive result. Hematite encourages all people, but especially women and mothers, to make their own self-care priority.
Mental: Hematite has a very practical energy that can help us to feel more self-confident. It removes the self-limitations that we so often impose on ourselves and shows us a more expansive way of thinking. Hematite asks us to logically explore our motivations, and be very honest with ourselves. It is a fantastic talisman for anyone fighting an addiction. Hematite helps us to acknowledge whatever mistakes we may have made in the past and to come to make peace with these experiences. To see them as learning opportunities and a way to grow and move forward. Hematite helps us to apologize as needed and to stand up for ourselves when warranted.
Physical: Hematite is used by metaphysical healers for treating the circulatory system. It is said to help the body absorb Iron and form more red blood cells and bone marrow. Hematite is often used to support the body during detox and is believed to be particularly supportive for the liver and kidneys.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Hematite
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries and at least one middleman is involved.
This Hematite is from an Industrial Hematite mine in Brazil.
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This Hematite was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
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I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Hematite Healing Stone
Color: Silver. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1.5 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Hematite
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