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Hematite Gemstones for Sale

Hematite

You've come to the right place if you're looking for loose Hematite for Sale. Discover the different shapes and sizes we stock in natural Hematite gemstones. Also, we have many hand-selected pairs which are a perfect match for earrings. Hematite is a unique gemstone which comes in one color only and looks like metal but isn't. It is available in larger sizes and for fairly low prices which makes it a good choice for pendants and big rings. We always sell the exact gemstone pictured in our online store, what you see is what you get.

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Hematite

Hematite is rather unusual - it really looks more like a piece of molded metal than a gemstone. It is largely made up of iron oxide so its metallic look should be expected as well as its weighty or heavy feel when you hold one in your hand.

Hematite Colors

Hematite starts out looking like a dull gray rock a bit like the ones you can see on the slate mountains in places like Wales or the Pacific Northwest but with a bit of polishing a shiny silver stone is revealed.

The metallic color can range from light gray to almost black and the better examples will have a mirror like finish. Despite its similarity in looks to metal, if you rub a piece of hematite onto glass or ceramic it will leave a red streak.

Read more about gemstones colors here

Hematite Species

As we mentioned earlier, Hematite is an iron oxide with oxygen being the other main component and clay, chert, jasper and other minerals also often present.

The reddish streak is the most important giveaway when identifying hematite.

Other elements present with the gemstone or unusual formations in shape has led to a few distinctive varieties such as:

  • Rainbow Hematite
  • Specularite
  • Kidney Ore
  • Iron Rose

One variety sold around the world and known as Magnetic Hematite is NOT a type of hematite at all.

Hematite Price

Hematite is an inexpensive gemstone that is readily available. The general preference is for a silvery color with a smooth mirror finish but some people prefer the almost black version - either way the prices are very similar and very reasonable.

Carat Weight

Hematite tends to be quite large when compared to its more colorful and clear cousins and most gemstones are at least 5 carats in weight and move quickly up to 20 and 30 carats and more.

No matter the size, hematite gemstones will cost about a dollar or two per carat with only the finest examples reaching $3 per carat.

For more details please refer to our full Hematite Info page here

Treatments

Most Hematite gemstones are just cut and polished into the neat cabochons you see for sale on our website - no heating or dyeing required.

Be a little bit wary of Rainbow Hematite as this is often fake and remember Magnetic Hematite is not real either.

Where is Hematite found?

The main sources of Hematite in gemstone form are Brazil, South Africa, Morocco and the USA.

What jewelry is Hematite suitable for?

Hematite is rated at 5.5 - 6.5 on Mohs hardness scale which makes it durable enough for most jewelry items although rings and bracelets may need protective settings and bit more care when being worn.

The large sizes and heavy feel of Hematite lends itself to being used as an eye-catching pendant, with its silvery shine and unusual luster making it a popular choice for contemporary or bohemian styles.

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