Hematite is not a crystal, but a mineral (iron oxide). While many stones can look similar to an untrained eye, the heavy and shiny hematite has a distinctive presence that cannot be confused with any other stone.
The name hematite derives it meaning from the greek word forblood. The reason for the origin of hematite's name can be twofold. Even though it is shiny black on the outside, if you break the stone (not an easy thing to do!) you will see that on the inside hematite has a deep blood red colour. Another reason for its name might be related to the high iron content found in hematite (almost 70%), which made hematite a popular healing stone for blood-related disorders.
Because hematite has been used for such a long time, it has a wide variety of healing properties ascribed to it, from relieving leg cramps to alleviating fevers. The best way to find out the powers of hematite is to buy a stone and experiment yourself.
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE HEMATITE STONE
Hematite clearly has a very strong grounding energy; you can feel that just by holding the stone in your hand. It also has a cooling and calming effect, as well as helps develop concentration and focus. Overall, hematite brings a quality of energy that is powerful, strong and grounding. It works with one's mind by calming it and clearing the unnecessary clutter.
WHERE DOES HEMATITE COME FROM?
Most of the hematite sold on the market comes from Brazil, Venezuela, US and Canada.