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Gem Treasures 6.25" Black, Gold or Silver Hematite "Power Beads" Set of Two Stretch Bracelets - 117-254


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117-254 - Gem Treasures 6.25'' Black, Gold or Silver Hematite ''Power Beads'' Set of Two Stretch Bracelets
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6.25" Black, Gold or Silver Hematite "Power Beads" Set of Two Stretch Bracelets

Shine with metallic brilliance when you sport this quintessential duo. Easy to wear and utterly elegant, each pair features a comfortable stretch design in your choice of black, gold or silver hematite. These bracelets bring you lasting versatility and powerful style in an instant. Don't miss out on this exceptional value!

The bracelets have been strung with various ball shaped faceted 10mm black, gold or silver hematite beads. Each pair has a total hematite weight of approximately 470.00ct. The bracelets measure 6-1/4"L x 3/8"W when relaxed, and stretch to fit most wrist sizes. Wear the pair alone or mix and match with other bracelets you already own for an updated, eclectic look.

About Hematite
The name hematite is derived from the Greek word for blood because hematite can be red, as in rouge, a powdered form of hematite. Hematite’s color lends well in its use as a pigment. Hematite is a mineral, and can vary in color from black to steel or silver gray, brown to reddish brown, or red. It is mined as the main ore of iron. While it is harder than pure iron, hematite is much more brittle.

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Hematite    


Hematite gets its name from the Greek word meaning “blood-like” because of the red color of its powder. American Indians used to crush hematite and mix it with animal fat to produce red and brown paint for their artwork and bodies. Interestingly, red hematite is essentially rust. Its reddish brown and orange colors appear when its high iron content comes into contact with water and oxygen. But when the stone is smooth and polished, hematite features a beautiful steel gray color with a metallic and earthy luster. It is this exquisite gray color that is most often used in jewelry.

Although both red and gray hematite is common on Earth, it also occurs everywhere on Mars, making it responsible for the planet's distinctive red color. The reddish landscape of Mars is due to the oxidized iron on its surface, proving that water and oxygen must have been present on the Red Planet at one time. In 2004, NASA's Mars rover Opportunity discovered small spheres believed to be made partly or mostly of hematite, proving that Mars was once a wetter world long ago.

Grey hematite usually forms over long periods of time in the presence of liquid water. It is typically found in layers at the bottom of standing water, such as lakes or mineral hot springs. Hematite can also occur as the result of volcanic activity. While England is the best-known supplier, hematite is also found in Germany, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand and the United States.

Hematite is the most important source of iron ore in the world, which leads to the production of steel, and is therefore vital to the economy of major countries. Because of its high iron content, hematite has magnetic attraction. It is often fashioned into carvings, cameos, intaglios and beads and ranks a hardness of 5.0-6.5 on the Mohs Scale.

It was once believed that large deposits of hematite were formed in places where battles had been fought. The subsequent blood that flowed into the ground was thought to turn into the stone. Hematite is a symbol for the Roman god of war and is thought to be a stone of protection, a belief originating from the Roman belief that it could strengthen warriors going into battle. Ancient warriors even used to rub their bodies with hematite believing it would protect them.

Since the silvery-gray stones can be polished to such a high sheen, they were long ago used as mirrors. Because of this reflective quality, it is believed today to help deflect the emotions of others. It is said to deepen the connection between spirit and body while balancing yin/yang energies and emotions. Folklore also says that hematite can transform and dissolve negativity. It is considered an excellent “worry stone” with emotional grounding properties that calm the mind and clear it of stress. Hematite is also thought to be a “lawyer’s stone” that brings positive judgments and helps one remain true to his or her inner self.




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