A rough piece of hematite from South Africa with a distinctive metallic lustre so it catches the light at almost every angle.
Hematite which is the mineral form of iron, was first named by theophrastus the ancient Greek philosopher and successor to Aristotle around 300 BC. He named it "haimatitēs lithos" meaning "blood-red stone" which may well have come about because of its vivid red streak. In mineralogy the streak is the powder that's left behind when a mineral is dragged across a surface known as a scratch plate. Powdered hematite was used to create rouge which is a face powder that adds colour to a woman's cheeks. Today it's better known as blusher.
The root of the word hematite which is also spelt as haematite (pronounced heematite), is shared with the word hemaglobin (haemoglobin), this is the protein in red blood cells that contains iron and is responsible for transporting oxygen around the body.
Hematite is a relatively hard iron oxide and an important ore of iron due to its high iron content which is approximately seventy per cent.
In crystal healing hematite is used primarily for disorders of the blood and to help stop bleeding but it's also beneficial for mental attunement, memory and for helping to dissolve negativity.
Weight (grams): 76.4
Size (cms): 5.4 x 3.2 cm