» Beading Definition: Hematite
Hematite occurs as a silvery, shiny opaque stone that almost looks like metal. Hematite is heavy and relatively hard mineral, comprised primarily of iron.
Hematite derives its name from the Greek word haem (blood ) in allusion to its red color when in powdered form.
Ancient Egyptians used hematites as ornamental objects placed inside their tombs. Nowadays hematite may also be used as a polishing powder and as a paint pigment.
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