What is hematite?
Hematite is a reddish-black mineral consisting of ferric oxide. Taken from the Greek word haimatitis, meaning ‘blood-red’, the metallic grey iron oxide got its name from the red colour of the powdered mineral, which actually resembles dried blood.
Mined as the main ore of iron, hematite properties mean that the stone is much harder than pure iron, but also more brittle. The shade of hematite can range from coloured black and steel grey, to a reddish brown, but they must all have a rust-red streak.
A variety of hematite, called red ochre, is used for permanent colouring, specifically in ancient spiritual drawings, medicine pouches, and related spiritual uses. Throughout history, cultures all over the world have built up varied beliefs and views on hematite meaning and we explore a few of them.
For centuries, there has been a range of myths and opinions of what the true hematite meaning is and what it can bring to the wearer.
Due to its colour, hematite lends itself to use as a pigment; early American Indians used it to adorn their faces before battle and it continues to be used today as a pigment. There has been a strong reappearance of the stone in North America, however because of its fragile nature it is most commonly found in delicate precious jewellery.
Hematite meaning is often celebrated for its excellent grounding and balancing energy, as well as being a powerful aid in stimulating the mind and evoking deep thought. Some people believe hematite meaning is connected to stability, and is an excellent stone to help keep you grounded to the Earth. Crystal healers often use hematite for any disorders linked with blood, and it has been suggested that if won it will protect its wearer from bleeding.
You might not know...
The red chalk writing of hematite is one of the earliest in human history. The powdery mineral was first used over 160,000 years ago.
Hematite is thought to protect against non ionised radiation, making it a good stone to wear when working on a computer.
Shop all Hematite Jewellery.