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Summer is here and outdoor activities are cranking up. All kinds of interesting merchandise is populating booths at swap meets, flea markets, festivals, church picnics, and other outdoor events. You can be sure that you will see booths of hematite jewelry in the mix. What is hematite all about and why are there booths totally dedicated to it?
Hematite jewelry has a steel gray luster that glistens, making it attractive to all age groups. It also has themes that appeal to shopper’s hearts with pendants in dolphins, horses, crosses, hearts, and every imaginable theme that people are interested in. But more than anything else, many people see hematite as a mineral that can relieve pain. I have wholesale customers that are selling hematite jewelry because they personally experienced relief from pain.
You won’t find this in medical journals, but also, you won’t convince anyone that experienced relief that this is a myth. Remember the copper bracelets of a decade ago? Many attributed relief from the pain of arthritis to wearing these bracelets. My Mom was one of these people and was convinced that copper bracelets brought relief.
In both cases, the jewelry is mineral based. Hematite is an iron oxide. This is a common mineral used in making steel.
Hematite jewelry includes necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and anklets. Wholesale price for hematite jewelry is very reasonable—usually under $2.00. When you consider all the work that goes into making hematite jewelry including hematite beds that need to be strung and pendants that are carved another question comes to mind—is it real?
Manufactured hematite is ground and cast, which is far less labor intense than carving. Is the material the same? According to Diana Norman Designs, it is very close to mined hematite. Hematite’s formula is Fe3O4 and processed hematite is Fe2O3. Both have the characteristic luster and cold feel.
Those involved in lapidary work use different test to identify semi precious tones and minerals. One test is a streak test where the stone is scratched of ceramic to see the color of the streak left. Mined hematite leaves a red streak while manufactured leaves a gray streak. Nevertheless, with properties nearly the same, the hematite seen in booths at swap meets and flea markets has the same qualities as the mined hematite. And this is the hematite jewelry like the cross necklace shown that those that believe it remedies pain are wearing.
Entrepreneurs looking for products that can produce sales in the summer need to consider hematite. Most hematite necklaces wholesale for $1.50, bracelets for $1.25 as well as earrings. A small investment can make an adequate display and low competition enables vendors to maintain a decent markup.
Hematite jewelry has wide appeal to consumers. Guys like bolder beaded necklaces as well s themes like horse heads, eagles, arrowheads, and crosses. Gals like hearts, dolphins, angels, Y designs, and also crosses. Some themes like peace signs draw young consumers, while the entire line draws seniors that want pain relief. Looking for a summertime business? This is an inexpensive option that has demand.
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Posted by Michael Gietl on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
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When retailers prepare their fashion jewelry displays, they want attention- grabbing items that are in today’s trends or breath-taking beauty in classic designs. Seldom do you see hematite in these displays. Hardly ever is it in the showcases of the upscale department stores and you never see it strutting the fashion runways or in the fashion magazine. No, hematite jewelry is a quiet seller that just keeps selling under the radar.
What is the attraction to hematite? First, what a bargain hematite is with that steel grey color shining with a high luster! Most hematite jewelry wholesales below $2.00 and still it has artistic design and the cold feel you get in genuine gemstone jewelry.
At this price, can it be real? Wikipedia says “hematite is the mineral form of iron oxide (Fe2 O3)”. Color can be black to steel grey, brown to reddish brown, or red. Because it can be red, the Greeks named hematite after their word for blood. This is the genuine hematite mining produces and, while not expensive, would still cost far more if beads and pendants were carved from the mineral.
So then what is the hematite used in inexpensive jewelry? It is a form of iron oxide very close to hematite mined in its natural state. Beads and pendants consist of the grindings and dust of hematite fused together. The easiest way to distinguish the two is what gemologists call a streak test. Scratch the item on ceramic and the streak left by hematite in its natural state will be red while hematite fused together will be grey. Other than that, qualities are very similar. Inexpensive hematite jewelry has the same colder than room temperature feel as hematite mined in its original state. Also both are iron oxide so both will attract a magnet, although the opposite is not true—hematite in its original form cannot be magnetized.
The advantage of fused hematite is labor saved by casting instead of carving. And this brings us to the second reason hematite sell so well under the radar. An amazing assortment of bead shapes together with endless pendants allows designers to create an enormous quantity of fabulous looks. The pendants can be geometrics, hearts, crosses, or endless themes like dolphins, penguins, angels, or anchors. With all these themes, something is going to pull the heartstrings of a shopper. And that is just one more reason that hematite jewelry sells.
One more strong selling point is a popular belief that hematite has a healing quality. This is not medically proven just as copper bracelets were never medically proven to relief arthritis pain. Still many have a positive experience wearing hematite jewelry for pain relief. When you see a booth dedicated to hematite in a mall or flea market, many of the customers are shopping for jewelry that relieves pain.
Now think about how inexpensive hematite jewelry is. How easy it would be to put a nice display of hematite together in your shop. Even a hundred dollars worth of hematite could make a statement. So give some thought to setting up an area for hematite—group it together so it tells a story—and get a nice markup because most customers will be surprised by how good it looks and how affordable it is.
GROUNDING STONE: Hematite is a remarkable, beautiful mineral surrounded by myths and beliefs that it is a good healing and grounding stone and that wearing it can lead to inner peace and tranquility. It has been used for jewelry and also in myriad healing ways, and for treating all kinds of blood related disorders, such as hemophilia, anemia, kidney and liver diseases, venereal diseases and even nose bleeds.
Some use it as an aid against the stress of jet lag. Others say it has the power to bring about positive outcomes in all things legal. Know an attorney? This could be the perfect gift!
MYSTICAL MADONNA: Hematite is also a stone that someone like Madonna, with her deep interest in the Kabbala and all things mystical, must surely find mesmerizing. Just look at its fascinating history. The Romans thought of hematite as a warrior stone, one that could give them protection in battle. American Indians gave the mineral some of those same powers, and often painted their faces with dye made from the powdered stone. The Pueblo Indians used hematite for various sacred jewelry inlays, especially those used by their medicine men.
Hematite even has fascinating connections to modern science. The discovery of hematite on Mars in recent years gave strong indication that water must exist (or has existed) on the Red Planet because hematite relies on water for its formation. Just this past week, however, the story took a giant step forward when the laboratory test arm of NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander positively identified water for the very first time in a soil sample from the planet. Hematite means water and water means the strong potential for life on Mars. Wow!
-So…if you’re going to give hematite jewelry to youngsters, be sure to give them this information. Talk about bringing classroom studies alive!
THE BANKS OF LAKE SUPERIOR: Hematite is a silvery, shiny, opaque stone that greatly resembles metal. It is a heavy, hard oxide mineral with a very high iron ore content. It derives its name from the Greek word haem (blood) because of its red colored veins. The most important deposits of hematite come from the banks of Lake Superior in North America.
When used in modern jewelry, the usual dark grey color of hematite is often pared with carnelian or other colorful stones for a dramatic impact. Red Coral chips in a hematite heart necklace is just one of many exquisite combinations. Three-strand hematite beads mixed with highly colored fiber optic beads are another design in hot demand now. So are various plays on a handsome basic style of long, dark grey beads with dangling hematite heart pendants.
BEAUTIFUL BEADS: Hematite makes up into beautiful beads of practically every size and shape, from tiny balls to medium tubular beads to huge, round hematite spheres. A very trendy look now is a chunky hematite stretch bracelet that fits almost every wrist size and makes an exquisite fashion statement with its polished, high luster stones.
You can also find hematite in necklaces with little carved stone figures that resemble the wonderful Indian Zuni fetishes seen, for example, in Arizona. These charming and trendy hematite animal carvings include frogs, butterflies, Scottie dogs, bears, and more. They are generally polished to a high luster and hung from hematite beaded chains.
Not to be overlooked are the beautiful earrings made from hematite which bring a lustrous glow to the face of the wearer. Think about 3-dimensonal turtle drop earrings with a mirror-finish. Or dangling hematite star earrings. Little hematite ball earrings can resemble black pearls and are extremely rich and rare looking. Earrings with dangling crosses can be religious or hot-rock. Either way, they are dynamic.
ANCIENT MYSTERY SCHOOLS: As already noted, hematite has been used as a healing stone by cultures around the world since the beginning of recorded time. In ancient Egypt, it was believed to cure everything from madness to inflammations. The Egyptian Book of Dead recommended hematite for their sacred head-rest amulet. The Egyptian Mystery Schools taught the use of hematite in making special tomb ornaments. They believed the stone had the power to protect and aid the soul on its journey into the next world.
Different varieties of hematite are known by different names. For example, the steel-gray crystals and coarse grained types are often known as specular iron ore. They have a brilliant metallic luster and are used for some types of jewelry. The stone has a deep red streak but, in jewelry it is generally black or steel gray.
RELIGIOUS JEWELRY: Hematite is frequently used for religious jewelry. It makes up into spectacular crosses and crucifixes in many different sizes and styles. Many of these crosses are suspended as pendants from small hematite beads.
Hematite is unusually well suited for crosses because of its dark, intense appearance that, when polished, reflects a deep and yet serene, attractive luster. For these same reasons, hematite rosary beads have long been highly prized by both the Roman Catholic clergy and laity.
MAGNETIC POWERS: Hematite also has magnetic properties which are believed by many New Age adherents to have significant healing powers. No small number of alternative healing advocates regard hematite as even more effective than copper when used as a bracelet to ease the pain of arthritis and other disorders. Many different hematite stretch bracelets carry the promise of such healing. One especially lovely bracelet features alternating bars of hematite and fiber optics in a variety of colors.
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Posted by Mary McGarry on Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
As summer approaches and outdoor events pick up, hematite jewelry becomes more important. Booths of the steel grey jewelry appear at festivals, craft shows, and flea markets and consumers become more familiar with hematite and stories of its power to relieve pain.
Actually hematite is unisex jewelry that has something for every age group. Young shoppers like the trendy look of chokers with popular pendants like hearts, butterflies, turtles, and geometrics.
Senior citizens and middle aged shoppers are often attracted to the alleged ability to relieve pain. Many retailers buying wholesale hematite jewelry tell us personal stories of how the iron oxide provided pain relief in their own lives. Of course this is not New England Journal of Medicine stuff, but those that experience relief are convinced. My wife wears a hematite bracelet and feels the mineral helps relieve arthritic pain.
One problem with hematite in the past was necklaces came in a 17 or 18 inch length and bracelets in a 7 inch length, which didn’t fit many consumers. Today 8 inch bracelets and 20 inch and 22 inch necklaces remedy the problem. Also 3 inch extenders are available to make any necklace fit.
Hematite comes both magnetic and non-magnetic. Some say the non-magnetic is genuine hematite while the magnetic is actually man-made from iron oxide and called hematine. Actually nearly all the hematite jewelry seen in the market is the latter. Gemologists use a streak test as one way to identify stones. The test scratches the stone on ceramic and the color of the streak left helps in identification. Natural hematite leaves a brown to red streak while the man-made variety from iron oxide leaves a white streak. Actually both are iron oxide and it is the less expensive variety that people are wearing for pain relief.
Wholesale hematite jewelry is surprisingly inexpensive so retailers can add a display of this glistening steel grey jewelry for a nominal investment and may be surprised to find out that it’s just what their customers were looking for.