What Are Hematite Beads?

By Kellie Tunbridge ; Updated September 15, 2017
What Are Hematite Beads?

Hematite beads are formed from hematite or "bloodstone." Most people wear hematite beads for decoration, and many claim the beads help relieve aches and pains. Hematite beads are heavy, smooth and cool to the touch.

Features

Hematite beads have a variant color of silver, black and gray, with a metallic to dull luster. Hematite beads are used for bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

Geography

Hematite beads are formed from the minerals of iron oxide and may contain small amounts of titanium. Most hematite is mined in South America, Europe and North America for its quality.

Function

Hematite beads may be purchased to create jewelry. Hematite beads are popular for their aesthetic and believed healing properties.

Benefits

Hematite beads are paramagnetic, and it is believed that hematite's magnetic properties reduce pain. Hematite beads are worn with the premise that positively charged ions in the blood are accelerated. As the charged ions pass through a magnetic field, the friction creates heat and increases blood flow.

Warning

Paramagnetic or magnetic jewelry should not be worn by those who have pacemakers, defibrillator pumps or insulin pumps. It is also not advised for women who are pregnant, without first seeking the advise of a physician.

About the Author

After working as a Montessori educator for 18 years, Kellie Tunbridge became a professional writer in 2008. She writes family-related news articles for the San Jose section of a prominent website. Tunbridge is a Certified Family Manager Coach and a member of the Family Manager Coaching Professionals.