Hematite is a naturally occurring iron oxide mineral commonly found in places that have mineral hot springs, but it can also form in volcanic areas. Hematite has been found all over the globe, from South Africa to the shores of Lake Superior in Canada. Hematite is believed to hold metaphysical properties that absorb negative energy and aid in processing grief. This stone was especially popular as mourning jewelry during the Victorian Era. Hematite is used in gemstone healing to absorb negative energy and to release mental and physical tension in times of stress or worry. Since Hematite is such a rare mineral, we also sell synthetic Hematite as an affordable alternative. Synthetic Hematite is a durable, man-made metallic stone that is often electroplated to create different metallic colors. The electroplating process uses an electrical current to create a bold finished piece that won’t tarnish or fade. Depending on the color of your Synthetic Hematite beads, you can mix and match them to create a wide variety of jewelry designs.