A Writers Guide to Hematite

hematite and andradite

hematite and andradite

Hematite (also spelled haematite) is the mineral form of iron(III) oxide. It’s found in colors from black to steel, brown to reddish brown, or red.

The name hematite is derived from the Greek word for blood, αἷμα aima because the powdered form of hematite is red. The English name for the stone comes from the Middle French, Hématite Pierre, which comes from the Latin, Lapis Hæmatites, which in turn comes from the Ancient Greek: αἱματίτης λίθος (haimatitēs lithos) meaning “blood-red stone.”

History and Lore

  • Powdered hematite, known as red ochre, is a pigment. It was used by prehistoric people to create cave paintings.
  • Ancient Egyptians used hematite stones to decorate their tombs.
  • The stone has been found in almost every pharaoh’s tomb.
  • During the Middle Ages, it was known as the “blood stone” because the water used to polished the stone turned red.
  • During the 18th and 19th centuries, people wore hematite during periods of mourning.
Iron Rose

iron rose

When hematite forms circular layers, it’s known as an “iron rose”. In addition, when regular hematite stones are arranged in the form of petals around a central object it’s also called an “iron rose”.

Magical and Mystical Properties include

  • clotting blood
  • stimulating iron absorption
  • reducing stress
  • improving relationships
  • increasing intuition
  • protecting the spirit and soul during astral projection

Keep hematite away from inflammations as it may aggravate them.

Discharging & Recharging

To recharge hematite, place it among tumbled clear quartz crystals. Do not discharge in water. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)

This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.

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  1. Love this stone. I actually have some very old jewelry from my great grandmother with lots of little hematite stones clustered together. Absolutely stunning!

    Jessica @ The Alliterative Allomporph

  2. What a beautiful looking stone. It looks more like a piece of modern art than a stone, very striking.

  3. Hematite always catches my eye. Beautiful.

  4. I like to wear jewelry made from hematite. It's properties work magic on my mood.

    Happy Saturday!

  5. Here via ALex! Nice to meet you.

  6. I've always loved the look of shiny black hematite.

  7. Wow, I am learning so much from some really smart blogging buddies!

  8. Cool idea, Holly, to do a series on minerals, gemstones and by lay man's terms, rocks. I will remember this and if I need something for one of my stories I'll swing by and read all these post I missed. Well…I'll probably do that anyway.
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

  9. I bought two small oval stones of hematite some years back after visiting a witch's shop. (for real!) I get migrains and was told to give them a try. I use to just roll them around in my hand while I watched television, but soon got tired of that so, being as there were two, I plopped them into my bra (no laughing) one on each side, and then I didn't have to hold them anymore. Sorry, you probably didn't need to know that.

  10. I love hematite and totally had not made the connection with blood before because I've only seen the silvery (heavy) version. Very cool post!

  11. Beautiful stone. Mirror-like. My mom had a pendant with a rectangular hematite surrounded by marquisettes. I was eye-catching.

  12. Sorry about the death in your family, sending virtual hugs.

  13. Another most interesting blog. I have a freind who inherited his dad's rock and gem collection. They'd go to the desert and cut open rocks. Fascinating collection of crystals and stuff.

  14. I could use some, I think, to stimulate iron absorption.

  15. Love Hematite. Sorry to hear about your loss.

  16. I'm so going to raid all this information in a few months 🙂

    I missed a couple of days here. Going back to catch up now.

  17. I'm back. I also just read about the death in your family. I'm so sorry for your loss. I've written about lapis lazuli before, but nothing about its properties.

  18. I'm so sorry to hear about the death. How sad!

    Thank you for your post.

  19. Very interesting blogsite. I always loved the study of gems. As a kid, we went gem mining all the time and I would get out my guide and determine the types I had found. Hematite jewelry is one of my favorites.

  20. I just saw the message below your header – I hope you're doing okay. Thinking of you.

  21. ((hugs)) hope you're well. Thinking of you now~

    And this is so interesting about hematite. I always just thought it was that shiny black stone. Not the red in cave drawings. Cool. :o) <3

  22. I'm really enjoying these posts and I look forward to reading more from you.

  23. Really interesting. I love the first photo. It's stunning.

  24. Sorry to read about the death in your family.

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