Metallic gray, black hematite is the most reflective of all gemstones. Diamond has a higher refraction of light from within the stone but hematite is the king of reflectivity off the surface of a stone. Because of this hematite jewelry will subtly reflect other colors that are near it.
Hematite is an iron ore and behind its shiny gray black surface is hiding shades of red. If hematite is powdered or streak tested then the red becomes apparent. This blood like red color has given hematite its name from the ancient Greek hema. In many parts of Europe hematite is known as bloodstone.
Hematite has been used by man since prehistoric times. Hematite recently made news when it was discovered on Mars as tiny spherical blueberry like nodules. On the metaphysical level hematite is considered a grounding stone which is fitting since iron composes the center of the earth.
At Northern Lights Gemstones it is available as pendants, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earrings, animal carvings, figurines, hearts, eggs, stone shapes and specimens.