What is Hematite? Hematite stone is abundant on the Earth’s surfaces and is one of the most widely harvested minerals around. It exists on the shallow crust of the planet and can easily be mined. Hematite is an iron oxide that manifests in a wide variety of host rocks, from metamorphic rocks to sedimentary rocks.

Hematite is also known for forming in igneous rock formations across the globe. It is not rare, but this doesn’t reduce its value. Ores like hematite are widely mined in countries like Australia, Canada, the United States, and even Venezuela. While hematite stone is used for jewelry, it also has several industrial applications that are just as important: heavy media separation, the raw material for ballasts, and so on.

Where is Hematite stone minded?

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Raw Hematite Stone with bubble like feature is commonly called kidney ore.

Hematite has been mined throughout the world for centuries, and in the United States, small mines in the United States even have small stone furnaces that helped produce hematite en masse. Admittedly, this iron ore was difficult to exploit and around the 1800s, the locations where iron ores like hematite can be found were scarce.

What color is Hematite?

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Maya wood sculpture from 6th century made of red hematite and wood. (photo courtesy of The MET)

All hematite variants will produce a reddish color when you strike or rub them across a streak plate. Streak plates are used to mechanically extract mineral powders from mined minerals. Some variants of this iron ore will naturally produce a brilliant streak, while others will produce a duller and darker color.

Freshly mined hematite stone is brittle, and the person handling the hematite should be careful as samples (even the larger ones) can crack easily. Any mineralised powders extracted from hematite is not powdered in the truest sense of the word, but rather, a “tail” of small fragments left behind by the larger sample.

Hematite exhibits metallic, submetallic, and earthy color depending on the quality of the sample, and pigments made with hematite tend to be in the red to reddish-brown spectrum. Outwardly, hematite can look anywhere from black to brown to steel-grey, depending on the presence of other minerals or elements that may change the visual properties of this mineral.

Is Hematite stone magnetic?

Hematite is not naturally magnetic, though in some instances it may contain a sufficient amount of magnetite that it will show some degree of attraction to common household magnets. One special type of hematite that looks silvery in appearance is the specular or micaceous hematite.

On the outside, this hematite looks like it was sprayed with lustrous mica. In reality, the shiny flake structure is just hematite. A streak test will reveal the pigmentation inside: red or reddish-brown. Hematite can exhibit banded iron formations, usually, silver from the hematite and reddish layers from jasper are interspersed with one another. Such hematite is called taconite and is considered a rare type of hematite.

Multi-cavity hematite with larger inner formations is called kidney ore hematite as it visually resembles the organ. Despite the unusual appearance, kidney ore hematite is among the purest in this class of minerals, as it is rarely contaminated with sedimentary clay, or streaks from the host rock, whatever the host rock happens to be. Sedimentary environments produce the best iron ores. It is believed that iron oreslike hematite began forming some 2.4 billion years agowhen the Earth’s oceans were still filled with dissolved iron.

What Does Hematite do for the Body?

Because of the naturally high iron content of hematite, the ancient Greeks who mined and transformed hematite to pigments associated it with “haima” or blood.

Ancient cultures revered hematite because it had a mysterious, lustrous sheen that contrasted heavily with its natural, red streak from its iron content. Like other minerals, hematite has its special metaphysical properties that make hematite do good for the body.

Hematite can be used as a simple defensive ward against toxic or negative emotions. A person who is stressed because of his/her negative emotions can use minerals like hematite to reduce the impact of other people’s negativity to him/her. Hematite is thought to be able to draw away the negativity and create a simple force field that can neutralise additional negativity from the environment.

Hematite can be used for energy balancing and unlocking. Energy practitioners often use hematite for clearing the blocked root chakra, as this is the chakra that is often grounded first so other chakras can easily release their negative energies.

Are you feeling down because of all your problems? Use hematite to regain your confidence and self-esteem. Use it to bring forth your stores of inner strength and courage, so you will be more confident in making decisions and solving problems. Often, people get stuck with their problems because they feel paralyzed. Let hematite help you by unfreezing you and making you more proactive in the way you solve your problems.

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Hematite Beads for DIY bracelet (Click to buy)

 

In ancient England, it was said that hematite imbued weapons and talismans with warrior energy and courage. You may not be a soldier or warrior, but anyone can benefit from this kind of strength, especially now in our uncertain world.

Physically, hematite can help improve your health by improving your circulatory system, which by itself can help clear your mind. We recommend integrating the use of this mineral with your daily meditation exercises so you can easily ground yourself and release negative energies. Meditation and prayer with hematite can improve your chances of succeeding in connecting with the Universe or the Source.

For beginners of energy healing, you may place hematite on your base chakra or root chakra as you visualize clearing your chakras of blockages. Just make sure that you cleanse the hematite first by washing it with pure water or by placing it in a bowl of salt first. You can then affirm your connection with the Earth when you place the hematite on your skin. If all works out well, your predisposition and mood should improve, and you will no longer feel that you are burdened by troublesome negativity from within, or from those around you. Feel free to combine this mineral with other complementary gemstones to boost its effects.