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Overview:Hematite derives its name from the Greek word haem (blood ) in allusion to its red color. Hematite 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. Much Hematite occurs in a soft, fine-grained, earthy form called red ochre or ruddle.

Usage:Hematite inspires inner life and helps to keep inward peace. Hematite has a reputation for helping people bring order to mentally chaotic situations by drawing tension out of the body, neutralizing negativity

and releasing anger. It is an excellent aid in meditation, recognized by healers for calming the mental state, tuning the consciousness.

Physical Properties:


Hematite Birthstone

opaque red or red-brown.
Specific Gravity
Refractive index

Sign of Hematite:Scorpio



Ancient Egyptians used Hematites as ornamental objects placed inside their tombs. Hematite relates to

the Mars, the Roman God of War. Warriors in Roman times used Hematite as protection during battle.

Hematite was also a Native American remedy for dental

problems, pimples, canker sores and alcohol abuse.


North America, Minas Gerais (Brazil), Cerro Bolivar

(Venezuela), Labrador, Quebec, China, Canada, England, and Germany.