Let's Talk Hematite
- Mar 19, 2019
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Let’s Talk Hematite
Hi I’m Jennifer Shaw, I’m a jewellery designer and I use semi-precious stones/gemstones in my designs and also in my life. Today I’m going to talk about Hematite which is, in my opinion one, of the most undervalued gemstones today.
Hematite can be found in many countries around the world including: Britain, Sweden, Brazil, Canada and Switzerland. It’s silver/grey/red in appearance and is one of the heavier gemstones – which is an important consideration when designing jewellery
In ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia hematite was used as a healing stone for the formation of blood and to reduce the blood flow from wounds. In the middle ages it was called “Bloodstone”. Nowadays the name “bloodstone”is usually used to describe a green jasper (chalcedony) with red inclusions of hematite.
Hematite, like most of the gemstones, has crystal properties associated with it. These suggested properties are related to its construction, formation and the chakra it is linked to. For example, Hematite is associated with the Root Chakra, the first of the chakras situated at the base of the spine, below the tail bone. This is the chakra which establishes your sense of security and stability. Other suggested properties include:
- Boosts self-esteem
- Aids expansion
- Aids Concentration and focus
- Helps circulatory and blood conditions
- Helps insomnia
For me designing with Hematite is a gift, in its bead form it’s sleek and elegant in an almost understated way. Hematite is a versatile day or evening choice . Most of my designs incorporate simple silver-plated details, for a bit more bling I add diamante.
To emphasis hematite’s natural qualities I combine it with other gemstones. As well as the aesthetic benefits, this also enhances the crystal properties e.g. Rose Quartz and Hematite for self-love and self-confidence. Tiger’s Eye and Hematite for grounding/earthing combined with focus and concentration.
Electroplated Hematite adds a new twist to the hematite story, and I love it. I can have the qualities of hematite in a variety of colours including metallic pink, electric blue, purple, bronze, gold, silver and green.
From the stone I first saw in 1970’s jewellery, to the hematite jewellery of today, what’s not to love. I hope you grow to love and enjoy Hematite as much as I do.