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Shiny Small Hematite Barrel Bead String
What Is Hematite?
Price is for 16 inches of these shiny hematite bead. Each of these rice shape bead measure 5mm x 3mm there are about 78 beads in a string.
What Is Hematite?
Hematite is one of the most common minerals, being the principle ore of iron. The colour of most red rock, like sandstone, is caused by small amounts of hematite. Although usually black in jewellery, hematite causes the red colour of garnet and ruby.
All non-crystalline forms of hematite are transformations of the mineral Limonite that lost water, possibly due to heat. Hence the recent excitement of the discovery of grey hematite on the planet Mars, suggesting there was once water present.
Hematite makes great jewellery because it’s inexpensive, shiny and sleek. It’s especially suitable for winter designs. Magnetic hematite makes popular bracelets, but sometimes is a disadvantage because it pulls metal from other components. Therefore, most hematite we sell, is non-magnetic. Only well formed hematite crystals are cut and polished into cabochons for jewellery, beads, and ornaments.
People wear it as rings and necklaces not only for style, but because they believe the magnetic variety relieves rheumatism. Magnetic therapy has been around for over 4,000 years.
Bio-magnetic bracelets are becoming popular again. Some swear, not only do they look good; the magnetism makes them feel better too.
Therapists claim they can cure disorders and the magnetism relieves pain and stress, especially if the bracelet is worn on the area of reflexive points. It’s also said to protect from harmful radiation caused from every-days appliances like microwave ovens, mobile phones and televisions.
The idea is that magnetic fields can relax capillary walls in the body by increasing blood flow, similar to the effect of massaging muscles. The average person has 3 to 4 gms of iron in their body, most in the blood. When this iron is magnetized, circulation increases. Others say, magnetic jewellery allows the body to produce endorphins, the natural pain killers. There were no reports of side effects.
There is also a new type of hematite bead recently available, giving yet another angle to this versatile metal: Aurora Borealis. This is hematite with an AB coating similarly used on crystals to give a multi-coloured effect when turned. This looks striking on jewellery designed to be worn in bright lights at night.