Hematite carved bear earrings with abalone shell square above. Approximate size 40mm x 12mm (1.6 x 0.5″) including hypo-allergenic surgical steel shepherd hooks.
Hematite derives it’s name from the Greek word meaning ‘Blood’. This is because when cut, the high level of iron in the stone causes the saw coolant to turn blood red in colour. Shiny Hematite crystals are sometimes called ‘Specularite’ (from Latin for ‘mirror’) and were used as mirrors in ancient times. The stone is rated 6 on the Mohs harness scale, which makes it excellent for quality, high luster jewellery and small carvings.
Hematite occurrences are found in parts of the Yukon, British Columbia, Labrador, Quebec and Brazil.
Beautiful iridescent abalone shell is found in the Pacific Ocean and ranges in colour from blue and purple to green and pink – no two pieces are exactly alike. The shell used is from government regulated, managed fisheries – no wild abalone is disturbed. Glacier Pearle® is a trade name used for abalone jewellery.