Steely Greey Hematite Necklace Pendant
Hematite is a particularly distinctive gemstone that's that's not seen that often in items of jewellery especially pieces of this size. A steely grey coloured stone with a metallic lustre, hematite is the mineral form of iron which although stronger than pure iron is also more brittle so must be handled with care.
This gemstone pendant has been crafted for Stone Mania in a hand-made sterling silver setting and despite its size is not overly chunky. Being the mineral form of iron means that it is slightly heavier which is the reason why we try to cut stones as finely as possible.
When used as a gemstone hematite can be cut as a cabochon or faceted although the latter is rare because being brittle makes it very difficult to work with. When stones are faceted they can resemble black diamonds. Surprisingly hematite has the same crystal structure as the mineral corundum, both sapphire and ruby are varieties of corundum.
In crystal healing hematite has long been associated with blood and has been used to heal blood disorders and to stop bleeding. The root of the word (hema~tite) is shared with the word hemaglobin which is the protein in red blood cells that contains iron, it's responsible for transporting oxygen around the body. Both words can also be spelt as haematite and haemaglobin and when done so, they're pronounced heematite and heemaglobin. In crystal healing hematite is also associated with power, strength and protection.
Weight (grams) : 39.3
Size (cms) : 4.7 x 3.3 x 0.7