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Hematite Jewellery. Hematite ( also known as Haematite) can be polished into beads or cabochons and set into jewellery. It is a natural gemstone form of Iron oxide. When Hematite is set into jewellery it has a highly metallic black or dark grey appearance.
Hematite bring shiny and black was popular in vintage jewellery during the Victorian era and can still be found being made into jewellery today mainly set as beads into necklaces and bracelets.
In crystal healing hematite is said to have calming and strengthening properties and so it could be useful to wear a piece of hematite jewellery when facing a challenging event such as a big interview.
Although deep black as a polished gemstone, if you rub hematite against a hard rough surface it leaves a red residue . In its powdered form Heamatite is a deep red colour and then has another application of interest to jewellery – it is Jewelers Rouge . Jewellers rouge is used as a jewellery polish where is can give a very fine scratch free finish.
I find myself using the term “hardstone” or “hard stone ” quite a lot when describing jewellery these days. It is a name which is used to cover a wide range of semi-precious gemstones which are used to decorate jewellery and are appreciated for their colour and finish rather than for being particularly valuable. Hard stones can be polished into cabochons, cut as a cameo or intaglio or cut into tiny pieces and set into mosaic patterns.
The Italians actually have a term for jewellery set with hardstone pieces ” “Pietra Dura”. Some of the stones which are included in hardstone jewellery are, agates, carnelian, jade, sardonyx and onyx. These hard stones are sometimes left with their natural colours however some are dyed into bright shades of blue or pink.
Jewellery set with hard stones is sometimes also known as pebble jewellery. Here are a few examples of hardstone jewellery from www.antiquesavenue.co.uk