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Color: Dark silvery gray.

Hematite is a silvery, shiny opaque gemstone that almost looks like metal. Hematite gets its name from the Greek haimo for "blood," because of the color of its powder (hence the red streak it leaves). Hematite was used in seals as early as 2500 B.C. The ancient Egyptians used hematite to treat hysteria, reduce inflammation and place in tombs. It also was used as an inscription stone for passages from the Book of the Dead. Warriors in Roman times used hematite as protection during battle, and Native Americans used hematite to make red face paint. Hematite was known as the gift of Russian royalty. And until recently, blush (cosmetic powder) contained ground hematite. Metaphysically, hematite is said to inspire inner life and help to keep inward peace. Called the "stone of mental mastery," many believe it to aid clarity, balance and calm reason, thus making it a grounding stone. It also is supposed to dissolve negativity and transform it into love. For this reason, it assists in the creation of peaceful, loving, kind relationships. Hematite also is said to enhance memory and intellect, strengthen the circulatory system and help in the treatment of blood and kidney disorders..

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