Hematite, sometimes called haematite, is a common iron oxide. Hematite is generally colored black-steel or silver-gray but can also be found naturally in variations of red and brown. Many times you will find this stone has been electroplated, which is a way of using an electrical current to bind other trace metals to the surface of the stone. Hematite is commonly found in places that have mineral hot springs, but it can also form in areas without water, mostly in areas where there has been volcanic activity. This gemstone is powerful when used to help mourn a loss, as it has been used in mourning jewelry since the Victorian Era. Hematite helps to absorb negative energy and calms in times of stress or worry, it is also good for working with the Root Chakra, helping to transform negative energies into a more positive vibration.