Famous all across the globe, Hematite is a lustrous gemstone whose primary component is iron. The presence of iron is what gives it a metallic shine. While the stone appears dark grey, its name was derived from a Latin word which means “blood stone.” This is because of the rust covered iron content of this naturally found stone. In older times, the gemstone was used as a popular decorative item. The intimidating dark color was a great embellishment for the armors. They are also believed to avail strength and help avoid negative energy in life.
When Hematites are found, they appear red with rough edges, however once polished, they transform into a sheen grey color, making it a semi-precious gemstone.
Mineral Family- Natural
Composition- Fe2O3, α-Fe2O3
Refractive Index- 2.94-3.220
Colors- Metallic grey
Deposits- Brazil, China, India, Ukraine, Russia, Canada, South Africa, Venezuela, Australia, and USA.