HEMATITE - information
Hematite is a non-magnetic iron oxide and is found in kidney-like tubers. The stone is opaque and has a gray metallic luster. Main sites where the stone has been discovered are are in Brazil, Germany and the USA. Hematite is an iron ore. When fashioning and grinding the stone, hematite turns water into a crimson color, which is most likely how its name developed. The name is derived from the Greek word "haema" (blood). Since ancient times, the hematite was sought as the "Bloodstone" and was revered as a special healing stone. Soldiers were given the stone for protection during battle. The ancient Egyptians believed that the stone granted eternal life. A scarab fashioned from hematite was even found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen (also known as “King Tut”). It is said that Hematite stimulates the formation of cells for sufferers of anemia and leukemia, as well as rheumatic diseases. It is also recommended for insomnia.