Shape: smooth irregular nuggets
Quantity: 15 inch strand
Length 8 mm
Width 8 mm
Height 8 mm
Color: Metalic Black Gray
Grade: natural mined stones
Details: GENUINE, glossy deep metallic black gray hematite smooth round beads. The sizes are approximately 12mm All the beads are perfectly matched. None better at any price.
Hematite is an important ore of iron and its blood red color (in the powdered form) lends itself well to use as a pigment. Hematite gets its name from a Greek word meaning blood-like because of the color of its powder. Ancient superstition held that large deposits of hematite formed from battles that were fought and the subsequent blood that flowed into the ground. Crystals of Hematite are considered rare and are sought after by collectors as are fine Kidney Ore specimens. Hematite is sometimes used in jewelry, either as black reflective stones or as a jewelry piece itself (such as a ring). Some jewelry is marketed as "magnetic hematite". I believe that is more likely another iron oxide, magnetite.