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How to distinguish real hematite from a fake?

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I don’t even know where to start. Probably from the background.
I have an elderly woman I know who is a lover of stones with healing properties, magnetic bracelets with icons and other things. One of her friends told her that hematite cleanses the blood and strengthens the kidneys, liver and spleen. Well, it also helps hypertensive patients fight high blood pressure.

So, the products described below were purchased at her request. All the details are under the cut.

Many sources claim that hematite is a stone for magicians and spellcasters, protecting against evil forces.
Charlatans and amulets traders claim that wearing hematite products “protects against astral attacks,” charms fans, helps fulfill immodest desires, calms anger, etc.
Such judgments do not have any objective scientific evidence.

What is hematite

Hematite is a widespread iron mineral Fe2O3, one of the most important iron ores. The name comes from the Greek word “heme” – blood, and is associated with the red-brown color of the powdered mineral.

Other names for hematite: Alaskan diamond, iron mica, iron eye, mirror ore, red ore, red iron ore, bloodstone, sanguine, black diamond, etc.

An amazing property of hematite is that although the mineral itself is externally iridescent with a metallic sheen of a very dark gray, steel color, but if you grind a piece of the stone, the powder will be brown-red, which is what gave it its name.

In the Middle Ages, magicians, sorcerers and alchemists simply could not live without hematite. In books describing magical rituals, it is an indispensable attribute.

By the way, several years ago scientists made a discovery: an American probe discovered hematite on Mars.

In the process of writing the review, I will try to check whether hematite was actually purchased and how much its “medicinal properties” helped the owner.

A total of 6 necklaces and 10 bracelets were ordered. As my customer explained, “hey bless you” as gifts for your friends.

At the time of the photo shoot, she only had 2 bracelets and 3 necklaces left.

All necklaces were purchased from the same seller and, upon request, were sent in one package.

I bought it here

The journey took 18 days to Ukraine. The bracelets arrived in 16 days.

The necklaces are all the same length – 46 cm.

Necklaces are fastened by twisting two parts of the clasp.

The bracelet is 19 cm long, 1 cm wide.

The elements are strung on a double elastic band.

The outer part of the bracelet is slightly convex, the inner part is smooth. Inside out view.

The elastic holds tightly, but stretches easily.

How to distinguish a fake

It would seem that the stone is not expensive and is widespread, why counterfeit it?

But no, it turns out there are many fakes of hematite.

Under its guise, “stones” made of metal ceramics, or a synthetic analogue of hematite – hematin, which is practically indistinguishable from the original, are sometimes sold.

I’ll do a few experiments.

Experience 1
The first difference between hematite and ceramics is weight; hematite is much heavier.
There is no doubt about it – the products really have noticeable weight. I can’t show you in the photo, the digital scales are still on the way, sorry.

Experience 2
To distinguish hematite from metal-ceramics, let’s run a piece of stone over an uneven chip of a ceramic fragment of a plate – hematite will leave a red line, but a metal-ceramic alloy will not.

An old plate was donated for the experiment.

Conclusion – this is not ceramics

Natural hematite is attracted only by very strong magnets, but this manifests itself extremely weakly and is recorded only by special devices (which ones, I still don’t understand).

As can be seen from the photo, our hematite is attracted by an ordinary household magnet.

In addition, the bracelets are also “attracted” to each other.

When grinding a piece of hematite, the resulting dust will be brown-red, similar to the familiar rust.

All experiments conducted indicate that it is hematite. Except for the magnet experience. There are 2 conflicting opinions on this matter: some sources say that hematite should not be attracted, while others say that it should. I still haven’t found the truth(

In addition, there is a synthetic analogue of hematite – hematin (hematrin) – an alloy of steel with chromium sulfides, it has the same weight and is visually practically indistinguishable from hematite, but is attracted by weak magnets.
There is also a stone with similar properties – magnetite.
It is also attracted even to a simple magnet.

Dilemma – hematite or magnetite? I’m leaning towards the first option.

Owner’s testimony

Wearing a hematite bracelet does not reduce blood pressure, but I feel better after wearing it for 2 months.
Whether to believe this conclusion or not, I don’t know.
Perhaps there is a placebo effect.
Be that as it may, the owner is happy.

I am inclined to believe that hematite is more likely to appeal to those who are interested in the spiritual aspects of life and believe in the mystical powers of stones.

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Thank you for attention!

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