30mm carved hematite doughnut with silver plated hummingbird inlaid with abalone on satin rayon rattail cord. 28″ cord can be adjusted in length.
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.
Hematite derives from the Greek word meaning ‘Blood’; so named because when cut, the coolant turns blood red in colour. The shiny Hematite crystals are sometimes called ‘Specularite’ (from Latin for ‘mirror’), and were used as mirrors in ancient times. This stone is rated 6 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which makes it an excellent medium for quality, high luster jewellery and small carvings.
Hematite occurrences are found in parts of the Yukon, Labrador, Quebec, British Columbia and Brazil.